Viterbo, Italy
USAC
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Course Information

Viterbo, Italy | 2017 Spring

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Courses

You must enroll in at least 12 and up to 18 credits. While you may enroll in up to 18 credits, we recommend you enroll in 12-15 credits in order to have time to fully experience the local area's culture and people. Course availability may be subject to change for reasons beyond our control, such as student interest. Students not taking a language track are required to take at least one course of Italian.

Italian Language Studies

USAC offers intensive language courses grouped into tracks as well as elective language and literature courses. The track courses are taught sequentially (back to back) within one semester. If you have already taken the first course in the track, you do not have to take it again for credit, but you must audit it. Language course sections are kept to a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. All students are required to select language and elective courses for a total of 12-18 credits. If you are not taking an intensive language track, you are required to take the first course of Italian I appropriate to your level (Elementary Italian I, Intermediate Italian II, Italian Composition I, or Advanced Italian I).

Track I (14 credits)—Prerequisite: none

Track II (12 credits)—Prerequisite: two semesters of college Italian

Track III (9 credits)—Prerequisite: four semesters of college Italian

Track IV (6 credits)—Prerequisite: six semesters of college Italian

History, Art, Mediterranean, and Italian Studies

Taught in English
The following courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to your studies. If you are not taking an intensive language track, you are required to at least one course of Italian (Elementary Italian I, Intermediate Italian I, Italian Composition I or Advanced Italian I).

Fall Semester

Art and Mediterranean Studies

Journalism, History, and Italian Studies

Spring Semester

Art and Mediterranean Studies

Journalism, History, and Italian Studies

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.unr.edu

Field Studies

USAC helps you explore the cultural, historical, and natural features of the region with carefully planned excursions. These experiences combined with academic components (readings, research, written assignments, reports, etc.) deepen your understanding of what you are exploring. A field study course counts as part of your credit load.

USAC organizes a 1-credit, 5-day field study course focused on art and history each semester. USAC encourages every student to enroll in these courses; however, this segment of the program is optional for an additional fee, which includes lodging, transportation, entrance fees and guided tours. Enrollment in the field study course is necessary to participate on the trip itself; the course may not be taken for audit. You will enroll in the field study on your Course and Tour Registration Form; the fall deadline is June 15 and the spring deadline is December 1. The Heart of Italy Field Study and Southern Italy Field Study are examples of this type of course.

Internships

USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development particularly in your study abroad setting. USAC internships are considered courses and count as part of your credit load. They can be time-consuming, but are very worthwhile. Depending on the level of Italian language at the beginning of the internship, the student will be working in an English or Italian speaking environment, with high exposure to Italian culture and language. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses. 
Internship opportunities include:

  • Teaching Practicum: placement in local schools teaching English as a Second Language. No need for proficiency nor knowledge of Italian. The activity in class is supervised and monitored by the Italian teacher and the meetings for conversation outside of class are supervised and monitored by one coordinator of the project (Italian student intern and/or one of the USAC staff). The conversation is done in English.
  • Journalism Internship: work for a local regional magazine under the mentorship of an experienced editor; learn more about the processes of magazine production and editorial practices. Prerequisite: two semesters of college Italian and basic journalism courses; co-enrollment in an on-site journalism class.
  • International activities internship: coordinate intercultural activities through the organization of International events for both Italian and international students at the host institution. Prerequisite: two semesters of college Italian and basic knowledge of computer graphic design software.
  • Translation: translate materials and write articles for a local tourist website.

Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview with the internship sponsor on site.

Eligibility—enrollment in the Viterbo program, a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and junior standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of $100 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

Host University Courses

Taught in Italian
Enrich your studies by taking advantage of the chance to attend courses at your host university. Opportunities vary. In some cases you will be able to enroll directly as a student and earn transferable credit, in other cases you may earn a letter or certificate of completion along with a grade which may or may not be accepted for credit by your school. Work with your home academic advisor to determine whether such courses will be accepted for credit. Even when they don’t, look at the opportunity as a learning bonus. Courses taken at the host university are taken in addition to your USAC classes and do not replace USAC credits. Work with your Resident Director to determine your options and to avoid conflicts with your USAC class schedule.

3-Credit Courses

Intermediate and Advanced Italian students may take one course offered by Tuscia University in the fields of Italian Literature, English Literature (partially taught in English), English/Italian Translation, History (Byzantine, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Modern, Contemporary), Music History, Economics, Marketing, Political Science, Sociology, Tourism, Environmental Studies, Forestry, or Biology.

Italian universities follow a different calendar, with final exams in January (fall semester) and June (spring semester). It is possible to organize early exams (December and May) on an individual basis, but USAC cannot guarantee this. Italian faculty often help foreign students by assigning specific reading in English or may allow to turn in papers written in English. Some exams may have an oral section and some faculty allow for it to be conducted in English as well.

1-2 Credit Workshops

USAC students, including those with less advanced Italian, can take workshops offered by Tuscia University in Viterbo such as “Ceramic Restoration” or “Archeology Excavations.”

US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professor is also teaching as a Visiting Professor.

Spring Semester:

Dr. Cian McMahon | University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Courses offered:

Dr. McMahon was born and raised in Ireland, immigrated to Canada as a teenager, and moved to the United States to conduct graduate studies. An award-winning educator, his scholarly publications include work relating to his teaching experiences. He studies nineteenth-century European migration and identity.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Italian I

Fall (Italian; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Italian; 400-level; 3 credits)

Advanced Italian I is a three-credit course for students who already have a solid foundation in the language and want learn how to use the language with increasing syntactic complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

 Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

 There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

 Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

 Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

 The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

 All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

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Advanced Italian II

Fall (Italian; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Italian; 400-level; 3 credits)

Presented through the use of theoretical and practical materials that permit the student to consolidate some of those grammatical aspects of the Italian language that, because of their difficulty, require frequent review and further development. A comprehensive revision of the grammatical points that present the most trouble in Italian. Care will be taken on understanding and practicing the use of all grammatical forms in both the written and spoken Italian. Prerequisite: seven semesters of college Italian.

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Contemporary Italian Cinema

Fall (Art, Film, Italian; 400-level; 3 credits)

The Italian film course serves as a key to understanding Italian society. It introduces contemporary Italian film and its major genres, studies film in relation to performing arts, culture, politics, and society and examines Italian film production from the Eighties to the present. Taught in English. (Fall semester)

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Drawing and Painting Italy I

Fall (100-level; 3 credits)
Spring (100-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed for students who are interested in the practical experience of art. Students will need to work outside the classroom, as well as in class. This course is designed to generate competence in individual aesthetic style. The interrelation of painting and drawing with other media and disciplines will also be encouraged and issues on the interpretation of drawing and painting will be addressed. Taught in English.

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Drawing and Painting Italy II

Spring (Art; 200-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Elementary Italian I

Fall (Italian; 100-level; 4 credits)
Spring (Italian; 100-level; 4 credits)

Elementary Italian I is a four-credit language course offered to students who are enrolled in USAC and have not taken any Italian courses at college-level before. This course is designed to help non-native speakers of Italian to acquire basic communicative competence by providing the opportunities to develop the basic skills of a language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing.

The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential. Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language.

As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

• Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

• There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

• Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used; grammar is taught in a communicative way;

• The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

• All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

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Elementary Italian II

Fall (Italian; 100-level; 4 credits)
Spring (Italian; 100-level; 4 credits)

Elementary Italian II is a four-credit language course offered to students who are enrolled in USAC and have already taken one Elementary Italian course before. This course is designed to help non-native speakers of Italian to improve their basic communicative competence by providing the opportunities to develop the basic skills of the Italian language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing. The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential.

Two field trips will be scheduled according to the local cultural events in order to discover some important and meaningful aspects of Italian culture and history.

Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach. The communicative approach is based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language.

As a result, classroom activities are characterised by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels; different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

 There may be more emphasis on skills than systems; lessons are more learner-centred, and there may be use of authentic materials;

 Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

 The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

 All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

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Environmental Science and Policy

Fall (Environmental Science; 300-level; 3 credits)

Human population growth, biodiversity losses, climate change, resource depletion and pollution – these are pressing global issues. Using examples from many cultures around the world, but with an emphasis on Europe and the United States, we examine how these problems developed, their global consequences, and the ethical, social, political and technological bases for their solution.

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Europe Since 1914

Spring (History; 400-level; 3 credits)

One hundred years ago, Europe was home to all of the world’s major superpowers. Nowadays, the continent totters from one financial crisis to another while intractable social and political problems rile its populations. What happened in between? Our course will seek some answers to this difficult question.

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Explorations of the Mediterranean and Italian Coastline

Fall (Environmental Science, Geography; 400-level; 3 credits)

This class will explore the environmental features of the Mediterranean landscape, analysing the natural as well the cultural factors which have shaped it throughout its history. We will start with a description of the environmental drivers of the diversity in Mediterranean landscapes by studying the control of climate and geography over the features of the Mediterranean environment as it changes moving from the coastline to the inner mountain chains. This will lead to a discussion of the distinctive traits of the vegetation of the Mediterranean region in contrast with the patches created by land use. We will study the concept of biodiversity and its extent in the Mediterranean landscape, we will analyze human impact on natural environments and study the key points for conservation of natural resources and typical landscapes in the Mediterranean basin. The final part will put together all the information acquired to discuss about the conservation of the Mediterranean landscape under the threats of the current global change and human pressure. The ecology of the Mediterranean natural components will be discussed and displayed also during fieldtrips to various sites in the surroundings of Viterbo (Capalbio, Uccellina Regional Park, Tarquinia salt marshes, etc).

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Gender and the Arts

Fall (Art, Women's Studies / Gender Studies; 300-level; 3 credits)

Why does gender matter in the study of the arts? Artists have long been considered a “special” ungendered category of humanity. Only when we study the HIStory of the arts we notice that something is missing: to start with, where are the women? Some would say that women are central in the life of (male) artists, only they mostly feature as inspirational muses. Where are female painters, musicians, performers? Have they disappeared into thin air or is there a reason for their absence/disappearance from the HIStory of art? A course investigating the relationship between gender, and gender imbalance in the arts, is therefore more than necessary first, to help recover all those artists neglected just on the base of their gender, second to understand that the field arts should never be “exclusive” but inclusive, not “elitarian”, but simply special in its status. Gender often used as a discriminatory tool can be thought of, more than anything, as a new way of looking at the world.

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Heart of Italy Field Study

Spring (Italian; 200-level; 1 credit)

This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the tour by providing a solid historic and artistic base for studies of Italian culture, art and architecture. The point of departure for the course will be the sites visited on the five-day tour: Tuscany, Florence, Pisa, Lucca, and Siena.

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Immigration and Identity in American History

Spring (History, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)

In a world where one’s place of birth, passport(s), and accent do not always fit into comfortable categories of identity and belonging, it is incumbent upon us to critically investigate the history of such classifications. This course will enable students to do so by studying the ways in which immigration and identity have been intertwined throughout American history.

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Intermediate Italian I

Fall (Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)

Intermediate Italian I is a three-credit course for students who already have a solid foundation in the language. The course is intended to further develop Italian language skills, both oral and written. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature. Particular emphasis on oral skills.

Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

 Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

 There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

 Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

 Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

 The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

 All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

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Intermediate Italian II

Fall (Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)

Intermediate Italian II is a three-credit course for students who already have a solid foundation in the language and want learn how to use the language with increasing syntactic complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

 Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

 There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

 Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

 Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

 The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

 All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

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Introduction to Photography I

Fall (Art; 100-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Art; 100-level; 1 credit)

The course provides a basic approach to how the camera works. Students learn how to express themselves and their ideas in a foreign environment and use their cameras and the techniques acquired as an exciting tool of documentary record, cross-cultural understanding, artistic expression and self-discovery.

Students gain a broad knowledge of the history of photography and an appreciation of aesthetic concerns that enable them to use the camera in a more cohesive and creative manner. Basic classic photography skills including an understanding of focal length, aperture, shutter speed, composition and quality of light are integrated with techniques specific to digital capture and the manipulation of images in Photoshop. Specific assignments help students to learn all basic photographic techniques. A broad view of contemporary photographers work help develop students' critical eye and a clear understanding of what it is that makes a photograph great. During the course students will create a portfolio of images that will both showcase and celebrate their whole unforgettable study abroad experience. Throughout the course they will be able to post their best work on the course website to record and display their experiences.

Students are expected to bring their own camera. Compact cameras are accepted although they do not allow to put in practice all the technical aspects discussed in class. The ideal camera for this class is a digital SLR camera.

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Introduction to Photography II

Spring (Art; 200-level; 1 credit)

This course helps students improve skills and techniques acquired in previous photography classes as well as express themselves and their ideas in a foreign environment and to use their cameras and the techniques acquired as an exciting tool of documentary record, cross-cultural understanding, artistic expression and self-discovery. Students will grow a deeper understanding of photography techniques and practice through specific assignments. A broad view of contemporary photographers work help develop students' critical eye and a clear understanding of what it is that makes a photograph great. During the course students will create a portfolio of images that will both showcase and celebrate their whole unforgettable study abroad experience. Throughout the course they will be able to post their best work on the course website to record and display their experiences.

Pre-requisites: Introduction to Photography I or proven knowledge of basics of photography.

Students are expected to bring their own camera. Compact cameras are accepted although they do not allow to put in practice all the technical aspects discussed in class. The ideal camera for this class is a digital SLR camera.

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Italian Art: Baroque and the 1800's

Spring (Art; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course will examine the development of Italian and European art and architecture from the early 17th Century to the middle 19th Century, focusing on the major artists and architects in the Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism and Romanticism. Baroque Italy produced some of the greatest artists in world history including Caravaggio, Pietro da Cortona, Borromini and Bernini. Students will study the art work in its physical space and cultural context. Visits in and around Viterbo as well as in Rome will give students the opportunity to experience first-hand what is covered in class.

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Italian Art: Etruscan and Roman Art

Fall (Art; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course will examine art and architecture from Etruscan through the Roman times. The course will focus on the historical development of the art in Italy by studying the art work in its physical space and cultural context. Visits to nearby locations and museums will allow students to experience first-hand the topics covered in class and may include Etruscan tombs in Tarquinia, Roman Forum in Rome, Early Christian art and architecture in Viterbo and Rome

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Italian Art: Italy in the Middle Ages

Fall (Art; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course will examine art and architecture in the Middle Ages. The course will focus on the historical development of the art in Italy by studying the art work in its physical space and cultural context. Visits to nearby locations and museums will allow students to experience first-hand the topics covered in class. (Fall semester)

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Italian Art: Italy in the Renaissance

Spring (Art; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course will examine the development of Italian art and architecture from the later 14 th Century to 16th Century, focusing on the major artists and architects in the Renaissance and Mannerism in central Italy. Renaissance Italy produced some of the greatest artists in world history including Donatello, Piero Della Francesca, Leonardo, Raphael and Michelangelo. Students will study the art work in its physical space and cultural context. Visits in and around Viterbo as well as in Rome will give students the opportunity to experience first-hand what is covered in class.

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Italian Composition I

Fall (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)

Designed to continue expanding accuracy in writing Italian, this course covers advanced Italian grammar, syntax and idiomatic usage. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of literary texts (extracts from novels, short stories, etc) will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

 Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

 There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

 Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

 Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

 The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

 All in-class activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

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Italian Composition II

Fall (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed to reinforce students' accuracy in writing Italian by introducing them to basic research concepts and techniques and emphasizing critical reading and the subsequent production of different types of texts. Assignments include critical examination of literature and compositions using research and documentation. Emphasis is on writing as part of the processes of thinking and learning (a foreign language and culture). In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of literary texts (extracts from novels, short stories, etc) will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

 Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

 There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

 Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

 Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

 The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

 All in-class activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

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Italian Conversation

Fall (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course facilitates the acquisition of language necessary to express oneself in daily situations as well as in more difficult contexts. Functionally oriented conversational themes and related vocabulary and phraseology will be introduced for discussion and intensive practice.

Classes are organized around a series of linguistic functions, selected according to students´ needs in a study abroad contexts. Students will learn to use the linguistic functions in levels B1 and B2. Through these activities students will develop their grammatical competence, as well as their sociolinguistic and discursive competences.

Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning.Class is conducted in Italian and students are expected to interact actively in Italian. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

 Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

 There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

 Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

 Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

 The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

 All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

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Italian Cuisine

Fall (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)

The course includes a cooking workshop where students will put in practice the theory acquired by preparing different dishes, using and combining different ingredients in order to comply with specific dietary needs and/or restrictions, learning more about regional differences and tasting freshly prepared real Mediterranean and Italian food. This course is based on the principle that cooking is a way to understand the culture and understanding the culture is a way to better appreciate the cooking. It has both a theoretical and a practical side.

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Italian Cuisine and the Mediterranean Diet

Fall (Anthropology, Nutrition; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Anthropology, Nutrition; 300-level; 3 credits)

The course will provide a general introduction to Italy and Italian food and wine with an emphasis on regionality. We’ll proceed to contemporary issues, such as the Mediterranean diet, public health, food production and distribution, and Italy’s role in the global food economy. Specific food products, both artisanal and mass-produced, will be discussed and tasted (whenever possible). We’ll visit wineries, food producers, factories, farms, or other places of interest for foodies and nutritionists. The goal is to use Italy as a case study, in order to both experience a separate and distinct food and nutrition culture, and to provide a window of understanding into our own.

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Fall (Anthropology; 200-level; 3 credits)
Fall (Anthropology; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Anthropology; 200-level; 3 credits)

This course will give students an overview of the multiple issues addressed by Cultural Studies on Italy at present. The object of the course is to present students with a picture as complete as possible, and angled from a multiplicity of perspectives, of Italian culture and lifestyle, and aims at providing the tools to better understand and compare, in a cross-cultural perspective, Italy as a post-modern, complex, layered society.

Questo corso affronta vari aspetti della cultura italiana attraverso lezioni frontali, letture, video, discussioni, e osservazioni sul campo. L’obiettivo principale è la comprensione della società italiana, includendo la storia più recente, le differenze regionali, le principali istituzioni, e questioni d’attualità. Agli studenti sarà richiesto di riflettere sulla loro formazione culturale, e di condividere le loro esperienze in Italia con il resto della classe. In particolare, si analizzeranno gli stereotipi più comuni allo scopo di rivelare la realtà dell’Italia odierna.

***The 200 level class is taught in English and the 300 level class is taught in Italian***

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Italian Hill Towns: History through Urban Form

Fall (Architecture, Art, History; 300-level; 3 credits)

The splendid hill towns of Italy will be the focus and actual setting for this course. Students are introduced to the development of town-form in Italy from the Roman times through the Medieval and Renaissance periods, by visiting and studying towns and their architecture of walls, towers, piazzas, abbeys and palaces. From Viterbo we will visit towns noteworthy for their rich architectural and historical sites, and experience how these unique towns are lived in today. Visits may include the towns of Orvieto, Siena, Pienza among others. There is a fee of $200 in order to help defray costs of excursions.

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Italian History: Italy in the Medieval Era

Fall (History; 300-level; 3 credits)

The course will examine the approximately ten centuries of Italian – and European – history (476-1500), an age which has often been considered a dark age between the glory of the Roman Empire and the re-birth of the Renaissance. On the contrary, this is a period in which different cultures and traditions struggled with each other and finally mixed up, giving rise to a new world, where the roots of modern Europe can easily be recognized.

Significant events of these thousand years will obviously be considered, while much attention will be given to the political, social, cultural, demographic and economic transformations which took place in the long period. They will be also considered several Medieval items that can be directly to be studied in the city of Viterbo.

As a guide through the Medieval civilization Henri Pirenne’s idea of the end of the Ancient world and the beginning of Middle-Ages will be considered. Consequently the course will particularly focus on how the Islamic expansion effected the birth of the Middle-Ages and on the role that both Mohammed and Charlemagne had in the new identity of the European civilization.

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Italian History: Italy in the Renaissance

Spring (Art, History; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course examines the changes that Italy underwent from roughly 1350 to 1600. The Renaissance was a break with the traditions of the Middle Ages and the harbinger of what is called Modernity. Through an archeological method it will be studied the origin of some of the categories that have built modern western culture. Particular attention will be given to the intellectual life of Renaissance, in order to use literary and artistic works as historical sources. The course will also focus on some items of Florentine social economic history on the basis of documents.

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People, Places, and Landscape: Cultural Geographies of Europe

Spring (Anthropology, Geography; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce students to the nature of Human Geography. Students will learn, or develop pre-acquired skills, to reflect upon cultural diversity, landscape development, environmental change and degradation, globalization and overpopulation to name a few. By using the methods of geographers – observation, mapmaking, data gathering and technical writing – students will learn how to employ spatial concepts and landscape interpretation to locations and situations around Europe with a focus to the Italian scenario. Via fieldtrips and direct observations exercises, students will have a better comprehension of how the Italian map and more specifically regional areas are defined within the European framework.

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Roman Civilization

Fall (History; 300-level; 3 credits)

The story of the events and people of Roman history is available to us in fascinating detail: we know much more about the Romans than about the Egyptians or Carthaginians, or even about the Greeks, despite their many books. This is a result of the Roman habit (learned from the Greeks) of recording their events in histories, and because of the survival of the Latin language as the main language of educated discourse in Europe until the 17th C., partly because people could read Latin, much was preserved. We shall read the history of Rome, as modern historians reconstruct it, and also many original sources. We will study the lives, customs, and beliefs of the Roman people from the founding of the city to its development into a Republic and finally its rule under the Roman emperors. In doing this we aim to become critical and observant readers.

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South of Italy Field Study

Fall (Italian; 200-level; 1 credit)

This field study course is designed to optimize the benefits of the tour while serving as a complementary activity to the regular academic courses by providing a solid historic and artistic base for studies of Italian culture, art and architecture. The point of departure for the course will be the sites visited on the four-day tour: Sorrento, Napoli, Pompei, Amalfi and Caserta. Requirements include pre-departure readings, a daily journal of the tour (which depending on the course that each student chooses to apply the credit to may contain short essays, drawings and sketches, photographs), completion of a comprehensive study guide.

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Travel Photography

Fall (Art, Journalism; 300-level; 3 credits)

A camera is really an excuse to delve deeper into a place than we otherwise would. Looking for a good shot forces us to seek out the unique features and scenic beauty of a location, to explore further, and to interact with our surroundings. Taking pictures is also a very accessible art form. With a little thought and effort, you can create captivating images of your own creation and interpretation. This course will help you in capturing memories, telling a story and expressing a sense of place. In particular the course will go through the basics of exposure, lighting and composition as well as finding your own style in visual communication and expression.

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Travel Writing

Spring (English, Journalism, Speech Communications; 400-level; 3 credits)

The basis of this course is the development of creative writing skills by focusing on the genre of travel writing. Students will read and discuss extracts from the great classics of travel writing as well as current travel journalism published in newspapers magazines and on-line. Most of all this class is a writing workshop, and we will be writing for nearly every class and often in class, too. Assignments will focus on helping the student find an individual voice, on developing ideas and honing them through revision and drafting, on writing for different audiences, and on the inclusion of photographs in their written work. Emphasis will also be placed on the students´ ability to evaluate and critique their own work and that of others.

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Quick Details

2017-18 App. Cycle

Fall and Yearlong: Late application may be possible. Contact USAC

Spring: Open

2018-19 App. Cycle

Application opens 9/1:

Summer I (5 weeks)

Summer II (5 weeks)

Summer I & II (10 wks.)

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

U.S. Credit

Program Capacity

60 students

Instruction

English | Italian

Member

AACUPI--Association of American Colleges and Universities in Italy