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Sustainable Forest Management
TUE 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: AGR 190 T
Dual Listing: ENV 190 T
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 290 L Sustainable Forest Management
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: Our forests are unique: a symbol of life, and essential to our lives. They provide food, water, renewable energy, shelter, recreation, and inspiration; they are home to countless species of plants and animals, help mitigate climate change, and protect the soil. Our focus will be on temperate forests in particular, such as those in Europe and North America, conditioned by centuries of human settlement and activities. What are their principal characteristics, and how can they be successfully managed and protected to ensure their survival long into the future? Topics include tree biology, forest ecology, tree identification methodologies, and forest harvesting and protection. Field trips and hands-on activities offer students direct experience with how a forest functions, and the strategies for ensuring that it continues to prosper.
Organic Agriculture
TUE 11:00 AM-1:30 PM / THU 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: Lecture with experiential component on field. Lab fee and/or material costs apply.
Course code: AGR 220 T
Marist Code/Title: AGR 230 L Organic Agriculture
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Organic foods have become a familiar site on both restaurant menus and supermarket shelves. But what does organic agriculture actually imply? Well, many things: respect for a farm’s unique environment and the absence of pesticides; coordination of farming elements and the rejuvenation of fields compromised by intensive agriculture; and new techniques that permit productivity, quality, and profitability, while respecting stringent legislative regulations. We explore organic agriculture from the perspective of business management, agronomy, as well as history, culture and ethics. Students also experience the process firsthand through participation in seasonal activities at local farms and facilities, including horticultural work in the spring and olive harvesting and pressing in fall. Course meets for 45 hours in fall, 60 hours in summer, and 90 hours in spring.
Organic Agriculture
MON to THU 9:00 AM-12:40 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: Lecture with experiential component on field. Lab fee and/or material costs apply.
Course code: AGR 220 T
Marist Code/Title: AGR 230 L Organic Agriculture
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Organic foods have become a familiar site on both restaurant menus and supermarket shelves. But what does organic agriculture actually imply? Well, many things: respect for a farm’s unique environment and the absence of pesticides; coordination of farming elements and the rejuvenation of fields compromised by intensive agriculture; and new techniques that permit productivity, quality, and profitability, while respecting stringent legislative regulations. We explore organic agriculture from the perspective of business management, agronomy, as well as history, culture and ethics. Students also experience the process firsthand through participation in seasonal activities at local farms and facilities, including horticultural work in the spring and olive harvesting and pressing in fall. Course meets for 45 hours in fall, 60 hours in summer, and 90 hours in spring.
Sustainable Forest Management
TUE 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: AGR 190 T
Dual Listing: ENV 190 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: Our forests are unique: a symbol of life, and essential to our lives. They provide food, water, renewable energy, shelter, recreation, and inspiration; they are home to countless species of plants and animals, help mitigate climate change, and protect the soil. Our focus will be on temperate forests in particular, such as those in Europe and North America, conditioned by centuries of human settlement and activities. What are their principal characteristics, and how can they be successfully managed and protected to ensure their survival long into the future? Topics include tree biology, forest ecology, tree identification methodologies, and forest harvesting and protection. Field trips and hands-on activities offer students direct experience with how a forest functions, and the strategies for ensuring that it continues to prosper.
Agricultural Economics
THU 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: AGR 210 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: An introduction to the economic theory and principles that underpin the agricultural sector. We review the theoretical framework of consumer and producer behavior–price determination, elasticity, profit, supply and demand–then apply these concepts to the specific field of agriculture and how it works from a business perspective, including agri-food marketing principles and the economics of natural resources. Finally, we examine how the economic, social and environmental consequences of agriculture relate to matters of food security and climate change. Why are these issues so crucial for our present and our future, and how do we go about intervening to rectify particularly problematic areas? Concludes with a comparative analysis of national agricultural policies in Europe and other regions.
Organic Agriculture
TUE 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: Lecture with experiential component on field. Lab fee and/or material costs apply.
Course code: AGR 220 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Organic foods have become a familiar site on both restaurant menus and supermarket shelves. But what does organic agriculture actually imply? Well, many things: respect for a farm’s unique environment and the absence of pesticides; coordination of farming elements and the rejuvenation of fields compromised by intensive agriculture; and new techniques that permit productivity, quality, and profitability, while respecting stringent legislative regulations. We explore organic agriculture from the perspective of business management, agronomy, as well as history, culture and ethics. Students also experience the process firsthand through participation in seasonal activities at local farms and facilities, including horticultural work in the spring and olive harvesting and pressing in fall. Course meets for 45 hours in fall, 60 hours in summer, and 90 hours in spring.
Sustainable Agriculture Systems and Management of Natural Resources. A Global Perspective
WED 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: AGR 225 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Sustainable management of natural resources (land, forests, water, pastures, biodiversity etc.) is constantly gathering global attention, above all for the realization of sustainable agriculture systems. Effective management of natural resources have always been important but nowadays is becoming more and more challenging because of the threats, posed by climate change and increasing human pressure on available resources. The agriculture sector is extremely sensitive to climate change; Therefore, urgently in need to define strategies to adapt to changing conditions which involve sustainable use of the natural resources under different growing conditions and geographical areas. Rural communities, especially those with limited access to natural resources, are increasingly vulnerable because of the difficulties linked to food accumulation as well as prompt recovery after occurrence of natural disasters/environmental degradation or extreme events related to climate variability. Focus will be posed, on how to enhance knowledge and interest among main stakeholders as well as on how to create collaborative systems as a strategy for promoting rural development and resource conservation through empowerment and partnership. This cross-disciplinary subject will be illustrated and discussed based on the approach and material produced by FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) and other relevant UN development Agencies.
Sustainable Forest Management
MON to THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: AGR 190 T
Dual Listing: ENV 190 T
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 290 L Sustainable Forest Management
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tina
Description: Our forests are unique: a symbol of life, and essential to our lives. They provide food, water, renewable energy, shelter, recreation, and inspiration; they are home to countless species of plants and animals, help mitigate climate change, and protect the soil. Our focus will be on temperate forests in particular, such as those in Europe and North America, conditioned by centuries of human settlement and activities. What are their principal characteristics, and how can they be successfully managed and protected to ensure their survival long into the future? Topics include tree biology, forest ecology, tree identification methodologies, and forest harvesting and protection. Field trips and hands-on activities offer students direct experience with how a forest functions, and the strategies for ensuring that it continues to prosper.
International Marketing
MON 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or equivalent
Course code: BUS 312 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 220 N Introduction to International Marketing
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: In a globalized world of cutthroat competition, effective international marketing is critical to a company’s success. The benefits of operating in an international market include access to new sourcing materials, capital, labor, and expertise, the relocation of manufacturing, and the distribution of products and services to new markets. Yet the risks, particularly in the short term, are significant, and benefits may not be immediate. We apply the principles of marketing to the complexities of foreign markets, emphasizing the various economic, social, and cultural factors that determine successful international marketing strategies, and how the 4 P's (product, price, places of distribution, and promotion) can change in a global business environment.
Women Artists: From the Renaissance to the Present
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 180 Art History I, or ART 186 Art History II, or equivalent
Course code: ART 281 F
Dual Listing: GND 281 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 382 L ST: Women Artists
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Marco Polo
Description: Despite women’s active role in the art world for centuries, we tend to identify them more as patrons, muses and models than as artists. Bucking this trend, we explore the extraordinary contribution of female artists to Western art history, and how they have shaped the evolution of artistic language from the Renaissance to today. A critical analysis and contextualization of artists such as Plautilla Nelli, Artemisia Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Rosalba Carriera, Berthe Morisot, Tamara de Lempicka, Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman, and Marina Abramovic, whose works will be analyzed in their historical and socio-cultural context, as well as in a larger art-historical perspective, allows students to appreciate how female artists have gained increasing prominence in the art world in recent centuries, and grapple with the question of whether art by women possesses exclusive qualities absent from work by their male counterparts.
Integrated Marketing Communication
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents. Recommended: COM 204 Advertising Principles, or equivalent
Course code: BUS 313 F
Dual Listing: COM 313 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 352 L Integrated Marketing Communications
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: New technologies have expanded the possibilities of human communication and interaction on a global scale. How can marketers take advantage of these new channels to capture customers’ attention more effectively? The importance of this question explains why marketing communication is one of the most exciting, fastest-growing fields in modern marketing. We explore the most relevant theoretical concepts and the practical techniques most applicable to today’s major marketing communication functions: ads, direct marketing, sales promotion, public relations, personal selling, and the Internet. Student projects will assess a selected company’s marketing approach and develop an effective strategy proposal.
Contemporary Architecture
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 165 History of Architecture, or equivalent
Course code: ART 286 F
Dual Listing: ARC 286 F
Marist Code/Title: ARCH 120 L Contemporary Architecture
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Marco Polo
Description: Major developments in architecture, interior design, and city planning from 1960 to the present, with a particular focus on the last two decades. How has contemporary architecture reflected changes in broader society and culture? We discuss the most important debates concerning aesthetics and theory, including the controversies surround the supposed “decline” of modernism. Students also familiarize themselves with key architects and studios, and how they have distinguished themselves and innovated with respect to their predecessors. While our perspective is global, our emphasis remains European, and on Italy in particular.
Organized Crime: Sociology and History of the Italian Mafia
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: SOC 260 F
Marist Code/Title: SOC 370/CRJU 350 L Organized Crime
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Puccini
Description: Many Italian words have been adopted in other languages, but perhaps none is as widespread as “mafia,” applied to a variety of criminal organizations in every corner of the world. We explore organized crime in Italy from a historical, social, and cultural perspective, tracing its evolution from the 19th century to the present. Our main focus will be the Sicilian Mafia, a pioneer in many ways and model for similar organizations, both in other Italian regions and for the American “Mob,” a direct outgrowth of Sicilian criminal culture and immigration. We analyze how the mafia uses language, with its message systems and “code of silence,” the role of violence, structures of power, social relationships, and the economics of organized crime and its impact on Italian society and politics.
Luxury Brand Management
TUE 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing or FAS 215 Fashion Marketing or equivalents, or Business, Management, Marketing or Merchandising majors of junior standing
Course code: BUS 352 F
Dual Listing: FAS 352 F
Marist Code/Title: FASH 455 N Global Merchandising
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Luxury brand management is both a concept and a global reality, representing a multi-billion-dollar market of goods and services. How has it developed over time? What are its political, economic and social aspects, and how does it relate to design, pop culture and the arts? Through a range of case studies and products in the fashion sector and beyond, we explore the challenges of building, protecting and strengthening a luxury brand, as well as its economic management and distribution. We also trace the evolution of luxury brand identities in terms of key concepts such as desire, status, exclusivity, supply and demand, consumption, and value, to understand how luxury brands resist global economic recession.
The Cradle of Renaissance: Florence in Literature, Art and Architecture
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: Junior Standing
Course code: ART 322 F
Dual Listing: LIT 322
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: The Italian Renaissance created much of the modern world as we know it today, and Florence from 1250 to 1550 was the cradle of the Renaissance. This course is an introduction to the art and literature of the Florentine Renaissance: we will read work by Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Castiglione and Michelangelo, see much of the great art in Florence focusing on lesser-visited museums and monuments, and read Vasari's lives of many of the key artists. The course will be conducted in English, and all readings will be in English. No prior background in either literature or art history is required or expected, just a willingness to explore the living laboratory of Florence and all of the cultural wonders created in it.
Organized Crime: Sociology and History of the Italian Mafia
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 202
OPEN
Course code: SOC 260 F
Marist Code/Title: SOC 370/CRJU 350 L Organized Crime
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Many Italian words have been adopted in other languages, but perhaps none is as widespread as “mafia,” applied to a variety of criminal organizations in every corner of the world. We explore organized crime in Italy from a historical, social, and cultural perspective, tracing its evolution from the 19th century to the present. Our main focus will be the Sicilian Mafia, a pioneer in many ways and model for similar organizations, both in other Italian regions and for the American “Mob,” a direct outgrowth of Sicilian criminal culture and immigration. We analyze how the mafia uses language, with its message systems and “code of silence,” the role of violence, structures of power, social relationships, and the economics of organized crime and its impact on Italian society and politics.
Luxury Brand Management
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 102
FULL
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing or FAS 215 Fashion Marketing or equivalents, or Business, Management, Marketing or Merchandising majors of junior standing
Course code: BUS 352 F
Dual Listing: FAS 352 F
Marist Code/Title: FASH 455 N Global Merchandising
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Puccini
Description: Luxury brand management is both a concept and a global reality, representing a multi-billion-dollar market of goods and services. How has it developed over time? What are its political, economic and social aspects, and how does it relate to design, pop culture and the arts? Through a range of case studies and products in the fashion sector and beyond, we explore the challenges of building, protecting and strengthening a luxury brand, as well as its economic management and distribution. We also trace the evolution of luxury brand identities in terms of key concepts such as desire, status, exclusivity, supply and demand, consumption, and value, to understand how luxury brands resist global economic recession.
Images and Words
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) Junior standing; 2) ART 186 Art History II, or equivalent
Course code: ART 355 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 477 L : Capping: Images and Words
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: What is art? Where do we see it and why do we look at it? How do we talk about, describe, or explain a work of art? Is it possible to “read” images the same way we can “see” stories, and if so, how? Our interdisciplinary approach aims to help students develop their ability to read, discuss, and write about both visual and written texts. This exploration of the relationship between us (spectators and/or creators), images and words opens up new ways of seeing and perceiving works of art. An introduction to the most relevant theoretical ideas is followed by a close examination of visual and written works, including prose and poetry. An active engagement with the entire universe of artistic experience through the teachings and methods of art theory and art history, literature, museology, and sociology.
Italian Society Today
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: SOC 286 F
Marist Code/Title: SOC 101 L Intro to Sociology
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Tiziano
Description: How Italian society has changed from the end of World War II to the present, with a focus on the last thirty years. We explore the opportunities and challenges that have characterized Italian life during the economic and cultural revival that followed post-war reconstruction. Topics include everyday life, demographics and lifespan, health, gender issues, family, education, religion, politics, legality, business and labor, culture, consumption and leisure, identities and self-perception, urban and rural life, Italian regions and the “southern question,” emigration and immigration, and cultural and religious diversity and integration (European, Mediterranean, global). Crucial knowledge for understanding the present and future of this complex, fascinating country.
Museum/Gallery Internship
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Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) Art History / Museum Studies majors of sophomore standing; 2) concurrent enrollment in a course in the same field; 3) Italian fluency is recommended, but not required
Notes: min. 135 hrs INTERNSHIP. Placement opportunities are limited, especially for students who lack Italian language skills. Admission contingent on the student's CV, two reference letters, formal letter of intent (due by application deadline), onsite interview and Italian language placement test. Final placement may be determined upon Italian language ability. Student taking an internship must retain full-time status, with a minimum of 15 credits per semester.
Course code: ART 360 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 266 L Museum Experience
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 135
Premises: Piazza S. Firenze, 5
Room: External
Description: A hands-on, professional experience in cultural mediation and museum education. Interns observe how collections are managed at their host institution, conduct individual research, participate in giving guided tours and in organizing events and activities. Monitoring is carried out by an onsite supervisor and a faculty member. Grades reflect weekly reports, two papers, and an overall evaluation. 10-12 hours weekly at internship site; schedules and onsite duties may vary. Museum and gallery internships require some Saturday hours. Held in either Florence or Rome. Note: Places are limited, especially for students without Italian language skills. Application requirements: CV, two letters of reference, a formal letter of intent. Supporting documentation must be submitted by application deadline, and acceptance is subject to an onsite interview during the first week of the term and an Italian language placement test.
Creative Writing
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: WRI 150 Writing for College, or equivalent
Course code: WRI 220 F
Marist Code/Title: ENG 280 L : Creative Writing
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Writing
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Marco Polo
Description: Explores both the theoretical and practical aspects of creative writing through the basic principles and techniques for producing quality written work. We introduce and explore a variety of writing aids and inspirational exercises to stimulate students’ creativity and pave the way for producing various types of texts. Written work is read out loud and critiqued as a class, enabling students to develop a greater critical awareness of their own writing as well as learn from their peers’ experiences and solutions. Geared toward seriously motivated, self-disciplined students looking to develop their ability to write creatively and effectively. Includes mid-term and final writing projects that reflect the themes and processes discussed during the semester.
Avant-Garde and Modernist Art (1900-1950)
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 186 Art History II, or equivalent
Course code: ART 370 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 366 L: History of 20th Century Art
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Marco Polo
Description: Modern art in Europe and America in the first half of the 20th century. Picasso, Matisse, Kirchner, Duchamp, Boccioni, De Chirico, Ernst, Magritte, Pollock. After reviewing the artistic and cultural revolutions of the previous half-century, we explore Cubism, Expressionism, Futurism, Constructivism, New Objectivity, Dada, Metaphysical painting, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism, and Neo-Dada, with a particular focus on the pre-World War II historical avant-gardes. What was so revolutionary about their ideas, methods, and artistic expressions? What were they reacting against or promoting, and what was the impact on art of the two world wars that traumatized the first half of the 20th century and beyond?
Writing about the Self
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: WRI 280 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Writing
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Puccini
Description: Writing is an incredibly powerful tool for gaining a deeper knowledge of ourselves. It gets us in touch with our own unique perception of the world, its idiosyncrasies, and its infinite creative potential. We explore the many ways of giving voice to our instincts, thoughts, and sensations, both as a technique of personal discovery and in order to enhance writing skills for use in any academic or professional arena. Students read pieces by prominent writers as models of form, style and content, while in-class writing exercises and discussions provide opportunities for peer learning and act as a source of mutual motivation and encouragement. Includes weekly writing assignments.
Contemporary Art
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 186 Art History II, or equivalent
Course code: ART 375 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 350 L Contemporary Art
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Verdi
Description: Pollock, Rothko, Dubuffet, Rauschenberg, Giacometti, Bacon, Warhol, Morris, Kosuth, Abramovic, Richter, Basquiat, Hirst, Banksy: a wide-ranging exploration of the most significant figures and stylistic trends in late 20th-century art. We investigate the interdisciplinary nature of the contemporary art world, firmly placing artistic production in its social, political and philosophical context, and examine how contemporary artistic languages and the art business interrelate. Topics include Abstract Expressionism, Informal art, Neo-Dada, Minimalism, Site-Specific Art, Conceptualism, Neo-Expressionism, and Graffiti and Street Art. Develops students’ aptitude for independent, critical thinking and research.
Travel Writing
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: WRI 150 Writing for College, or equivalent
Course code: WRI 290 F
Marist Code/Title: ENG 245 L Travel Writing
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Writing
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Puccini
Description: Historically, Italy has been an incredibly potent source of inspiration for writers and poets from around the world. Countless novels, stories, and poems have sprung from their authors’ travels and experiences in the bel paese. We explore the art and craft of travel writing with a particular emphasis on Italian cities, though our minds and pens will also wander to other real and imagined worlds. Visits to sites of historic, artistic, and cultural importance in and around Florence, along with a selection of the best in world travel literature, provide us with inspiration and models. We then use a series of guided exercises and assignments to explore and practice firsthand the distinctive qualities of travel writing–its combination of history, culture, information, musings, and memory–and how it can lead to a deeper understanding of our own experiences and cultural identity.
Presentation and Public Speaking
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: COM 105 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 101 L Public Presentation
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Firenze
Description: Speaking and presenting comfortably and effectively in public is a life skill. In both personal and professional situations, these abilities can make the difference between success and failure. In individual, group and class exercises, we explore and consolidate the skills and methods for overcoming performance anxiety, controlling voice and body language, and saying what you want to say in the way you want to say it. What makes for a good delivery? How do you get the most out of your research, outline and multimedia materials? We also analyze a variety of speeches, in written and oral form, to see how skilled communicators craft effective communications.
Principles of Microeconomics
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: Mathematical aptitude is required
Course code: BUS 178 F
Marist Code/Title: ECON 103 L Principles of Microeconomics
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: How do individuals and businesses “behave” economically? How do the markets work? Economic analysis is an essential tool for understanding social phenomena, and we look at the basics of economic ways of thinking, with the help of economic theory and specific analytical methods and assumptions. We explore microeconomic languages, methods and modeling; the production process and market strategies for individual businesses; consumer theory and how economists model individual behavior; and how the competitive and non-competitive markets works. Case studies and the analysis of specific economic policies relevant to our more general topics provide useful context and show how theory works on the ground. Useful for students in the applied social sciences, and an essential foundation for further studies in Economics and Business.
Introduction to Communications
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: COM 130 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 102 L Introduction to Communication
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: The essential concepts and fundamental theories that describe the processes, functions, types, and effects of communication. We get to know the basics communicative categories (interpersonal, group, organizational, mediated, cultural) and explore how specific contexts affect its forms. What ethical issues are at stake in the world of communications, and what global opportunities and challenges does it offer? How are new technologies affecting the way we think about communications, and the types of professional opportunities available? Develops critical thinking and writing skills, as well as confidence and effectiveness in group work and presentations.
Principles of Macroeconomics
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 178 Principles of Microeconomics, or equivalent
Notes: Mathematical aptitude is required
Course code: BUS 180 F
Marist Code/Title: ECON 104 L Principles of Macroeconomics
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: What does it mean for a country to be in a recession? How important is the national debt, and why does it seem to be more of a problem for some nations than others? How are public health and social welfare related to macroeconomic questions? Compared to human demand, the resources necessary for producing goods and services are always limited, and Economics studies how we make choices in conditions of scarcity. We explore how these choices are made on a large scale, such as that of a city, state, country, continent, or the entire planet. How governments develop economic policies, and how these choices are modeled and studied by economists. Topics include growth vs. stagnancy/contraction, business cycles, inflation and deflation, and unemployment.
Wine Business & Marketing
THU 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents; or concurrent enrollment in 'Two Italies' program
Course code: BUS 252 T
Dual Listing: IGC 252 T
Marist Code/Title: BUS 351 L Wine Business and Marketing
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: How is wine sold? Why are certain wines available worldwide, while others remain well-kept secrets? We explore the business and marketing of wine, with a special focus on Italian wines and on the U.S. market. Topics include sourcing, shipment chains and trading channels, and market impact. Includes business simulations and a student-created start-up or marketing project to develop the skills necessary for those interested in working in the wine and beverage industry.
The Body Speaks: The Importance of Non-Verbal Communication
TUE 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: COM 212 F
Marist Code/Title: CLDM 110 L Body Language and Communication
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Body language matters. Understanding and managing it is key to good interpersonal relations and effective communication, in the working world as well as in our personal lives. We develop an awareness and know-how of both verbal and non-verbal communication, and how they work together. In both individual and group contexts, students learn the importance of motivation, the coherence between body and spoken language, and effective use of tone of voice and eye contact. Students “learn by doing,” engaging in practical, proactive scripted and improvisational exercises (theatrical techniques, team building, self-presentation, and movement drills) to assess their own strengths and weaknesses, and then implement a personal program to chart and consolidate their progress.
Foundations of Management
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: BUS 195 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 195 N Foundations of Management
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Verdi
Description: Managers are the decision-makers. But based on what do they make those decisions? Designed to provide core concepts and terminology for those with no prior background in business management and an interest in further studies in the field. We explore what managers do, and how planning, organizing, directing and controlling can, if done properly, work synergistically toward the same goals. Key concepts are approached first in theoretical terms; then we look at how theory applies to the practical problems managers face on a day-to-day basis.
Sustainable Forest Management
TUE 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: ENV 190 T
Dual Listing: AGR 190 T
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 290 L Sustainable Forest Management
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: Our forests are unique: a symbol of life, and essential to our lives. They provide food, water, renewable energy, shelter, recreation, and inspiration; they are home to countless species of plants and animals, help mitigate climate change, and protect the soil. Our focus will be on temperate forests in particular, such as those in Europe and North America, conditioned by centuries of human settlement and activities. What are their principal characteristics, and how can they be successfully managed and protected to ensure their survival long into the future? Topics include tree biology, forest ecology, tree identification methodologies, and forest harvesting and protection. Field trips and hands-on activities offer students direct experience with how a forest functions, and the strategies for ensuring that it continues to prosper.
Communications Research Methods
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: COM 130 Introduction to Communication, or equivalent
Course code: COM 225 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 200 L Communication Res Methods
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: Knowing how to conduct research is just as important as knowing what to research. We explore a range of methods for carrying out communications research in both academic and professional settings. Finding information, evaluating it, and drawing conclusions that have value for communications issues in the real world. Students learn the fundamentals of research design and strategy, source identification and data gathering, and types of qualitative and quantitative analysis.
Corporate Social Responsibility
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: BUS 200 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 200 N Corporate Social Responsibility
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: Corporate social responsibility (or CSR) refers to companies’ need to ensure that business success goes hand in hand with policies that safeguard and promote the health and welfare of local communities and society at large. But who is “responsible” for corporate social responsibility? Individual workers, specific departments, or companies as a whole? How can corporations impact the world, both positively and negatively? CSR is intricately linked to the concept of sustainability, or our ability to reconcile human activity with the planet’s long-term well-being, and we focus on the benefits of making a company “sustainable.” Topics include the frameworks, contexts, and processes of ethical decision-making, environmental ethics, NGOs, auditing and social performance reporting, and stake-holder management.
Sustainable Food and the New Global Challenge
WED 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: Lecture only, no hands-on component
Course code: ENV 280 T
Dual Listing: IGC 280 T
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 250 L Eco-Gastronomy: Sustainable Food
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: Food and culinary culture through the lens of environmental preservation, sustainable agriculture, biological and culinary diversity, and global social justice. Our multidisciplinary approach combines cutting-edge academic research with the traditional, grassroots knowledge of farmers and producers, exploring the nutritional, social, and environmental aspects of food and food systems. What are the big-picture consequences of developing sustainable food sources? Are there any negative effects from an economic perspective? What is the place of individual consumers in today’s global food system, and how can they exercise power and make their choices count?
Public Relations
WED 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: COM 130 Introduction to Communications, or equivalents
Course code: COM 300 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 370 L Public Relations
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: What are we referring to when we speak of “public relations”? What does someone in PR do, and how have jobs in this sector changed over the decades? We explore PR theory, as well as the tools and strategies for a successful public relations campaign (planning, issue analysis, research methods and goals). Through case studies and exercises, we familiarize ourselves with the fields in which PR professionals operate: media relations, event management, crisis management, corporate identity, internal/external communications, community relations, international PR and marketing support, and effectiveness evaluation. The future of the field, and how new technologies may contribute to more effective, original PR solutions
Principles of Marketing
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: BUS 210 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 210 N Principles of Marketing
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: What makes marketing such a dynamic and exciting field? What can good marketing give to a company, and how can it help overcome the challenges businesses face on an everyday basis? We explore marketing’s essential principles and concepts, as well as the true nature and scope of marketing management. Topics include marketing strategy, the 4 P’s, market planning, retailing and wholesaling, target marketing, market segmentation, and services marketing. We also discuss marketing’s strategic importance to any organization, whether it be a for-profit commercial enterprise or a non-profit or charitable entity.
War and the Media
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: COM 180 Mass Communication, or HIS 130 Western Civilization, or POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalents
Course code: COM 301 F
Dual Listing: POL 301 F
Marist Code/Title: CLDM 311 L War and Media
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Does the media influence military decision-making? How do government officials use information channels to influence public opinion and justify their actions? Can the news be “managed”? We explore the media’s role in military conflict and media-related strategies in the context of key later-20th-century international conflicts. The proliferation of satellite technologies, international TV networks such as CNN and Al Jazeera, and Internet; still vs. moving images; journalists and journalistic conventions; press conferences, briefings, and official statements; war in movies and art; the media gap between "North" and "South" and the emergence of "non-Western" media; and the spread of ethnic conflicts and terrorism and the increasingly asymmetric nature of war.
Wine Business & Marketing
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents.
Course code: BUS 252 F
Dual Listing: IGC 252 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 351 L Wine Business and Marketing
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Firenze
Description: How is wine sold? Why are certain wines available worldwide, while others remain well-kept secrets? We explore the business and marketing of wine, with a special focus on Italian wines and on the U.S. market. Topics include sourcing, shipment chains and trading channels, and market impact. Includes business simulations and a student-created start-up or marketing project to develop the skills necessary for those interested in working in the wine and beverage industry.
Communication and Leadership
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: COM 130 Introduction to Communications or equivalent
Course code: COM 304 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 305 N: Communications & Leadership
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Calvino
Description: Particularly in times of crisis, we crave effective leadership. How does a person’s ability to communicate effectively contribute to how they are viewed by others, and to their acceptance as a leader of communities, businesses, and institutions? We explore the tasks, strategies, and skills of an effective leader, moving from theories and concepts to the practical actions that, when combined with good communication skills and charisma, transform someone into a figure that others trust and follow. Key topics include motivation, credibility, influence, power, communicative style, negotiation, ethics, diversity, and current models of leadership.
Sustainability: Science, Political Economy and Business
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science or BUS 140 Introduction to Economics, or equivalents
Course code: BUS 259 F
Dual Listing: POL 259 F
Marist Code/Title: MGMT 259 N Sustain: Sci, Political Econ & Bus
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: The word “sustainability” seems to be everywhere these days. But how has this concept evolved over time? What are the fundamental ideas and theories that support it, and what are its scientific, technological, and economic dimensions? In examining these questions, we look closely at the roles of various stakeholders, such as governments, NGOs and businesses, in promoting a more sustainable society. There are also those who have opposed or impeded sustainable practices, and we explore how they have done so and their reasons, both stated and otherwise. Students develop their own sustainability-based project concerning a specific field of their choice.
Intercultural Communication
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing
Course code: COM 306 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 325 L Intercultural Communication
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Even a common language is no guarantee of effective communication. What are the major obstacles to conveying effective messages across cultural lines, and what strategies and methods can overcome these obstacles? We explore the fundamental patterns in cross-cultural psychology and communication, analyzing how people manage to (or not to) understand each other in individual, group, and intercultural scenarios. Topics include the influence of culture on personal identity, common communication difficulties, communicative roles, differing conceptions of personal space (proxemics), rituals, message patterns, clothing, myths, ideologies, and the mass media’s influence on cross-cultural representations of reality.
Crosscultural Communication in the Workplace
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: BUS 270 F
Dual Listing: COM 271 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 370 N Crosscultural Communication in the Workplace
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: The workplace is becoming increasingly multicultural, whether the context is side by side in an office, or a collaboration on international projects. What are the difficulties and solutions in getting outside the comfort zone of our own cultural expectations and being sensitive to those of others? Our goal is to understand intercultural interactions in business or in the workplace from both a theoretical and practical standpoint. We explore business practices in different countries, with a focus on Italy and the U.S., and discuss them in the context of case studies. Student will also actively participate in role-play and observational exercises designed to help anticipate and manage intercultural misunderstandings at work, as well as in more informal settings.
Integrated Marketing Communication
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents. Recommended: COM 204 Advertising Principles, or equivalent
Course code: COM 313 F
Dual Listing: BUS 313 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 352 L Integrated Marketing Communications
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: New technologies have expanded the possibilities of human communication and interaction on a global scale. How can marketers take advantage of these new channels to capture customers’ attention more effectively? The importance of this question explains why marketing communication is one of the most exciting, fastest-growing fields in modern marketing. We explore the most relevant theoretical concepts and the practical techniques most applicable to today’s major marketing communication functions: ads, direct marketing, sales promotion, public relations, personal selling, and the Internet. Student projects will assess a selected company’s marketing approach and develop an effective strategy proposal.
Beyond Modern Capitalism: Rethinking the Global Socio-Economic Order
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalent. Recommended: BUS 140 Introduction to Economics, or equivalent
Course code: BUS 286 F
Dual Listing: POL 286 F
Marist Code/Title: MGMT 286 N Beyond Modern Capitalism
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: How has the current socio-economic order come to be? What are its origins, its most important developments, and what, if any, are the alternatives? With a critical, multidisciplinary approach, we examine the role of political, economic and social elements and forces in the evolution of the current capitalist system, fleshing out both its positive and negative aspects. We look at whether capitalism has a “sustainable” future, and investigate the feasibility of alternate models: would they be more capable of satisfying socio-economic needs in fair and equitable ways?
Communications Internship in Italian
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Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: Advanced Italian I (ITL 301 level) and concurrent enrollment in an Italian class (ITL/ITC). Recommended: Strong writing and communication skills.
Notes: min. 135 hrs INTERNSHIP. Placement opportunities are limited. Admission contingent on the student's CV, two reference letters, formal letter of intent in Italian, writing sample in English (due by application deadline) Italian language placement test and on-site interview. Check exact requirements in catalog. Students taking an internship must retain full-time status, with a minimum of 15 credits per semester.
Course code: COM 380 F
Dual Listing: ITC 380 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 135
Premises: Piazza S. Firenze, 5
Room: External
Description: A practical, professional experience at a local Florentine communications agency or similar business. Activities include writing articles, updating and/or adapting preexisting articles in various formats, clerical tasks, managing blogs, social media and websites, and developing new projects. Interns are monitored by an onsite supervisor and a faculty member. Grades reflect the assessment of weekly reports, two papers, and an overall evaluation. 10-12 hours weekly at the internship site; schedules and onsite duties may vary. Note: 135 internship hours minimum. Placement opportunities are limited. Admission requirements: student's CV, two reference letters, formal letter of intent in Italian, English writing sample (due by application deadline), Italian language placement test and onsite interview. Students interns must maintain full-time status with a minimum of 15 credits per semester.
Human Resources Management
MON 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or equivalents
Course code: BUS 301 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 225 N Human Potential in Business Organizations
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: What is the function of human resources (HR) management in a corporate setting? How can it be a key to success when done effectively? Our focus is on developing the knowledge and skills necessary for effective managers and leaders: the basic principles of designing and operating business organizations, developing mission, vision, and strategy, and mastering key organizational features and processes. We explore a range of issues connected to managing people in a company: hierarchy, leadership, and communication; systems of reward and recognition; and personnel recruitment and training. In their recently expanded roles, how do corporations deal with social problems and issues? Hones student skills in public speaking and presenting, conflict resolution, teamwork, and business project management.
Consumer Insights and Strategic Development
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) COM 313 Integrated Marketing Communication or COM 204 Advertising Principles; 2) COM 300 Public Relations, or equivalents
Course code: COM 421 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 428 L Consu Ins/Devl
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: Get into the mind of the consumer. What makes people choose between different alternatives (brands, products, retailers)? How are they influenced by their cultural and socio-economic background, family, peers, or the media? We explore the behavior that consumers, groups or organizations display in searching for, purchasing, using, evaluating and disposing of products and services they expect to satisfy their needs, and how to use this information to best develop marketing strategies. A theoretical and practical approach within a global framework, aiming to understand what drives consumer behavior and how individuals and businesses can use this knowledge most effectively.
Consumer Behavior
TUE 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalents
Course code: BUS 307 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 307 N Consumer Behavior
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: What determines why people buy certain things, at certain times? How can they be “encouraged” in certain directions, and how can consumers avoid being manipulated by marketing and advertising? We explore consumer behavior across a number of domains: from the cognitive biases that impact our daily decisions to the ways in which consumers are influenced by the world around them. An interdisciplinary approach that draws on concepts and materials in Behavioral Economics, Psychology, and Marketing, offering a broad introduction as well as specific analysis of case studies to illustrate general ideas and principles.
Introduction to Environmental Issues
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: ENV 180 F
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 101 L Introduction to Environmental Issues
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Perhaps never before has the environment been such a central theme in our lives. Yet it is also a potentially limitless field in which it is easy to get lost or sidetracked. We explore the major concepts and questions to provide a foundation for understanding the critical environmental issues of today and tomorrow: climate change, population growth, natural resource management, pollution, global changes in biodiversity and wildlife, habitat loss, land and coastal erosion, food production, water resources, and changing consumption and living habits. A reflection on global environmental issues within an earth systems framework that places the various pieces of the puzzle in dialogue with one another.
Global Business and Society
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 178 Principles of Microeconomics, or BUS 180 Principles of Macroeconomics, or equivalent
Course code: BUS 310 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 202 N Global Business & Society
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: What challenges do modern corporations face in organizing international business operations? Our goal is to achieve a global perspective on long-term trends in world economic change, and understand how countries interact with one another. We explore the dynamics of international trade and investment, the relationship between trade and economic growth, and the risks of trade imbalances and protectionism. The role of economic and political institutions (WTO, IMF, etc.) and the characteristics of the most important emerging economies, India and China. Other topics include alternative perspectives on the origins and processes of globalization, competition, development, exchange rate theory, the international monetary system, ethics, decision-making, and strategic operations in an international environment.
Sustainable Food and the New Global Challenge
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: Lecture course only
Course code: ENV 280 F
Dual Listing: IGC 280 F
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 250 L: Eco-Gastronomy: Sustainable Food
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Firenze
Description: Food and culinary culture through the lens of environmental preservation, sustainable agriculture, biological and culinary diversity, and global social justice. Our multidisciplinary approach combines cutting-edge academic research with the traditional, grassroots knowledge of farmers and producers, exploring the nutritional, social, and environmental aspects of food and food systems. What are the big-picture consequences of developing sustainable food sources? Are there any negative effects from an economic perspective? What is the place of individual consumers in today’s global food system, and how can they exercise power and make their choices count?
Organizational Behavior
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or equivalents
Course code: BUS 311 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 311 N Organizational Behavior
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: How do people and groups within organizations behave and react to and interpret events? What strategies can guide the parts to working effectively toward the goals of the whole? We explore the role of organizational systems, structures, and processes in shaping individual and collective behavior, and analyze why organizations function (or malfunction) the way they do. Our interdisciplinary approach draws on concepts and research from the fields of Management, Anthropology, Sociology, and Psychology to provide a foundation for managing people successfully in any context.
International Marketing
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or equivalent
Course code: BUS 312 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 220 N Introduction to International Marketing
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: In a globalized world of cutthroat competition, effective international marketing is critical to a company’s success. The benefits of operating in an international market include access to new sourcing materials, capital, labor, and expertise, the relocation of manufacturing, and the distribution of products and services to new markets. Yet the risks, particularly in the short term, are significant, and benefits may not be immediate. We apply the principles of marketing to the complexities of foreign markets, emphasizing the various economic, social, and cultural factors that determine successful international marketing strategies, and how the 4 P's (product, price, places of distribution, and promotion) can change in a global business environment.
Integrated Marketing Communication
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents. Recommended: COM 204 Advertising Principles, or equivalent
Course code: BUS 313 F
Dual Listing: COM 313 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 352 L Integrated Marketing Communications
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: New technologies have expanded the possibilities of human communication and interaction on a global scale. How can marketers take advantage of these new channels to capture customers’ attention more effectively? The importance of this question explains why marketing communication is one of the most exciting, fastest-growing fields in modern marketing. We explore the most relevant theoretical concepts and the practical techniques most applicable to today’s major marketing communication functions: ads, direct marketing, sales promotion, public relations, personal selling, and the Internet. Student projects will assess a selected company’s marketing approach and develop an effective strategy proposal.
International Business Negotiation
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 130 Introduction to Business or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents
Course code: BUS 322 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 388 N ST: Conflict Transformation
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Verdi
Description: Corporate finance from the vantage point of the financial managers responsible for making crucial investment and financing decisions. How do you make effective marketing decisions? What are the keys to incisive operations management? Questions such as these depend in part on corporate finance, which must be well integrated into overall corporate strategy. We investigate such topics as leasing and leveraged buyouts, dividend policies, capital market efficiency, capital budgeting, and financial analysis and forecasting. Examples and case studies are used frequently to illustrate how concepts and theories play out in the real world.
Luxury Brand Management
TUE 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing or FAS 215 Fashion Marketing or equivalents, or Business, Management, Marketing or Merchandising majors of junior standing
Course code: BUS 352 F
Dual Listing: FAS 352 F
Marist Code/Title: FASH 455 N Global Merchandising
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Puccini
Description: Luxury brand management is both a concept and a global reality, representing a multi-billion-dollar market of goods and services. How has it developed over time? What are its political, economic and social aspects, and how does it relate to design, pop culture and the arts? Through a range of case studies and products in the fashion sector and beyond, we explore the challenges of building, protecting and strengthening a luxury brand, as well as its economic management and distribution. We also trace the evolution of luxury brand identities in terms of key concepts such as desire, status, exclusivity, supply and demand, consumption, and value, to understand how luxury brands resist global economic recession.
Italian Grand Tour: Italy through the Eyes of Famous Travellers
TUE 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: LIT 350 T
Marist Code/Title: LIT 333 L Italian Grand Tour
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: Was the Grand Tour mere tourism for Europe’s elite, or did it have a deeper significance? What can it tell us about the Italy of the time, and about the “tourists” themselves? We explore the memoirs, letters, and diaries of some of the most famous artists, writers, and intellectuals who traveled through and lived in Italy between the 18th and 20th centuries, shedding light on the history, works of art, monuments, and local folkloristic events of the main Grand Tour destinations: Venice, Florence, and Rome. We also discuss the contrasts and contradictions between the often-idealized descriptions and landscapes, and the negative views expressed with regard to the Italian people, then compare these with 21st-century foreigners’ ideas of Italy.
Luxury Brand Management
MON 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 202
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing or FAS 215 Fashion Marketing or equivalents, or Business, Management, Marketing or Merchandising majors of junior standing
Course code: BUS 352 F
Dual Listing: FAS 352 F
Marist Code/Title: FASH 455 N Global Merchandising
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Tiziano
Description: Luxury brand management is both a concept and a global reality, representing a multi-billion-dollar market of goods and services. How has it developed over time? What are its political, economic and social aspects, and how does it relate to design, pop culture and the arts? Through a range of case studies and products in the fashion sector and beyond, we explore the challenges of building, protecting and strengthening a luxury brand, as well as its economic management and distribution. We also trace the evolution of luxury brand identities in terms of key concepts such as desire, status, exclusivity, supply and demand, consumption, and value, to understand how luxury brands resist global economic recession.
Marketing / Event Planning Internship
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Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) Marketing / PR / Event Planning majors of junior standing with at least 2-3 prior courses in the field; 2) Concurrent enrollment in a course in the same field. Fluency in Italian may be advantageous, but is not required
Notes: Min. 135 hrs INTERNSHIP. Placement opportunities are limited. Admission contingent on the student's CV, two reference letters, formal letter of intent, samples of writing and marketing work (due by application deadline) and onsite interview. Student taking an internship must retain full-time status, with a minimum of 15 credits per semester. Public transport costs may apply.
Course code: BUS 367 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 397 N Business Internship
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 135
Premises: Piazza S. Firenze, 5
Room: External
Description: A practical, professional experience at an event management company. Interns participate in activities including managing actual events, assisting vendors with site visits and clients, social media marketing campaigns, designing marketing materials, analyzing brand image, market appeal and customer projections, and clerical and administrative work as required. Monitoring is carried out by an onsite supervisor and a faculty member. Grades, assigned by the faculty supervisor, reflect weekly reports, two papers, and an overall evaluation. 10-12 hours weekly at internship site; schedules and onsite duties may vary. Note: Placement opportunities are limited and subject to change. Admission requirements: CV, two letters of reference, a formal letter of intent, and a writing sample. Supporting documentation must be submitted by application deadline, and acceptance is subject to an onsite interview during first week of term.
Social Media Marketing Internship
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Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) Marketing / Communications majors of junior standing with at least 2-3 prior courses in the field; 2) Concurrent enrollment in a course in the same field. Recommended: Social networking experience and strong photography skills. Fluency in Italian is recommended, but not required
Notes: min. 135 hrs INTERNSHIP. Placement opportunities are limited. Admission contingent on the student's CV, two reference letters, formal letter of intent, samples of writing and marketing work (due by application deadline) and onsite interview. Student taking an internship must retain full-time status, with a minimum of 15 credits per semester.
Course code: BUS 369 F
Dual Listing: COM 370 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 308 / MDIA 361 N International Communication Internship / Media Internship
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 135
Premises: Piazza S. Firenze, 5
Room: External
Description: A practical, professional experience in LdM’s Social Media Office or at an advertising or communication agency. Interns perform tasks that may include social media-based market research, promotional and advertising strategy development, photo archive management and development, managing and interacting with the LdM alumni network and its communication tools, and managing online databases. Monitoring is carried out by an onsite supervisor and a faculty member. Grades reflect the assessment of weekly reports, two papers, and an overall evaluation. 10-12 hours weekly at the internship site; schedules and onsite duties may vary. Note: Placement opportunities are limited and subject to change. Admission requirements: student's CV, two reference letters, a formal letter of intent, samples of writing and marketing work (blog writing, social media campaigns, press releases, advertising projects, photos). Supporting documentation must be submitted by the application deadline, and acceptance is subject to an onsite interview during the first week of the term.
Global Financial Markets
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 222 Principles of Finance, or equivalent. Mathematical aptitude is required
Course code: BUS 380 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 363 N Global Financial Markets
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Globalization and integration of international financial markets present unique opportunities and unique risks for investors, bankers, firms and policymakers. For students seeking advancements or employment in the banking industry or wishing to understand financing opportunities for entrepreneurial activities, this course is focused on the competitive dynamics and performance of the global financial markets. It addresses organizational strategy, capital market products, risk diversification and market developments, including the US, Europe and the emerging markets. Topics also include the structure and types of capital markets, and how to identify key participants and their impact on the market Throughout the course, current events are used to illustrate and reinforce class material.
Operations Management
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) MAT 150 Calculus I, or Calculus with Management Applications; 2) MAT 186 Introduction to Statistics; 3) Accounting or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or equivalents. Recommended: BUS 178 Principles of Microeconomics and BUS 180 Principles of Macroeconomics, or equivalents
Notes: personal laptop required
Course code: BUS 388 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 388 N Operations Management
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Effective operations management is crucial in the industrial, service, and other sectors. We investigate good practices and incisive methodologies useful in these and other professional contexts: quantitative decision-making techniques, forecasting, planning techniques for managing capacities, locations, and processes, resource and materials planning, and the design of job and work measurement systems. Other key topics include inventory systems, models and quality-control methods.
Social Psychology
MON 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 200 T
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 220 L Social Psychology
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: How do we think about, influence, and relate to other people? What is the role of others in forming our perception of ourselves, our attitudes, and the degree to which we obey rules and generally conform? We explore human social behavior through the field’s major theories, findings, approaches, and methods, emphasizing an interpersonal perspective. Specific topics include attribution theory, causes of prejudice and aggression and methods for reducing them, altruism, development of gender roles, stereotypes, and nonverbal behavior. We also make use of our Italian setting to compare and contrast the influence of different cultures on individual and group behavior.
Yoga: Breathing, Meditation, Spirituality
THU 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES. Mandatory requirement: In order to participate in this course a declaration of good health must be presented during the registration process and before the start of the course
Course code: REL 224 T
Marist Code/Title: REST 215 L Religion and Culture in Italy
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Artemisia
Description: Yoga is a historical religious phenomenon, a set of physical practices, and a mainstay of modern culture. We explore its roots in ancient India and its discussion in essential texts such as the Upanishad and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, its place in contemporary culture, and its connection to social, political and environmental activism. Yoga is a spiritual, mental, and physical practice, aiming to achieve spiritual union with the divine, inner quiet and focus, and healing and bodily harmony. We explore various breathing (Pranayama) and meditation techniques, along with Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing system and “science of life.” Students are introduced to a wide variety of Yoga styles, such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Yin, Laughter, Restorative, and Bikram, as well as therapies for combatting eating disorders and addiction.
Creative Writing
WED 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: WRI 150 Writing for College, or equivalent
Course code: WRI 220 T
Marist Code/Title: ENG 280 L : Creative Writing
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Writing
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Explores both the theoretical and practical aspects of creative writing through the basic principles and techniques for producing quality written work. We introduce and explore a variety of writing aids and inspirational exercises to stimulate students’ creativity and pave the way for producing various types of texts. Written work is read out loud and critiqued as a class, enabling students to develop a greater critical awareness of their own writing as well as learn from their peers’ experiences and solutions. Geared toward seriously motivated, self-disciplined students looking to develop their ability to write creatively and effectively. Includes mid-term and final writing projects that reflect the themes and processes discussed during the semester.
Presentation and Public Speaking
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: COM 105 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 101 L Public Presentation
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Speaking and presenting comfortably and effectively in public is a life skill. In both personal and professional situations, these abilities can make the difference between success and failure. In individual, group and class exercises, we explore and consolidate the skills and methods for overcoming performance anxiety, controlling voice and body language, and saying what you want to say in the way you want to say it. What makes for a good delivery? How do you get the most out of your research, outline and multimedia materials? We also analyze a variety of speeches, in written and oral form, to see how skilled communicators craft effective communications.
Introduction to Communications
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: COM 130 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 102 L Introduction to Communication
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: The essential concepts and fundamental theories that describe the processes, functions, types, and effects of communication. We get to know the basics communicative categories (interpersonal, group, organizational, mediated, cultural) and explore how specific contexts affect its forms. What ethical issues are at stake in the world of communications, and what global opportunities and challenges does it offer? How are new technologies affecting the way we think about communications, and the types of professional opportunities available? Develops critical thinking and writing skills, as well as confidence and effectiveness in group work and presentations.
Advertising Principles
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: COM 180 Mass Communication, or BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or equivalents
Course code: COM 204 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 220 L Intro to Strategic Advertising
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: Advertising is far more than just organizing images into a commercial. Every ad on the Internet, TV, or in print is designed to deliver a particular message to a particular, “target” audience, aiming to create a positive perception of the product in the consumer’s mind. We explore the theory and practice of contemporary advertising: the media and graphic strategies used to deliver it, the philosophy behind it, its impact on the economy and consumer behavior, and current advertising trends from a creative and marketing standpoint. What makes for successful advertising? We also gauge the impact of stereotypes in advertising, and society’s reaction to them.
The Body Speaks: The Importance of Non-Verbal Communication
MON 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: COM 212 F
Marist Code/Title: CLDM 110 L Body Language and Communication
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Machiavelli
Description: Body language matters. Understanding and managing it is key to good interpersonal relations and effective communication, in the working world as well as in our personal lives. We develop an awareness and know-how of both verbal and non-verbal communication, and how they work together. In both individual and group contexts, students learn the importance of motivation, the coherence between body and spoken language, and effective use of tone of voice and eye contact. Students “learn by doing,” engaging in practical, proactive scripted and improvisational exercises (theatrical techniques, team building, self-presentation, and movement drills) to assess their own strengths and weaknesses, and then implement a personal program to chart and consolidate their progress.
Media Ethics
MON 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: COM 245 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 330 L Communication Ethics
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: In today’s media, is there anything that cannot be said or done? Are there rules for ethical behavior that govern journalists, and if so, who makes them? What are the ethical implications of information? In a complex communications landscape, our image of society is shaped by crucial issues and problems that are presented and often forgotten at breakneck speed; journalists, editors, and professionals in advertising and public relations must weigh the pros and cons of covering stories that put people in danger or arouse conflicts of interest and loyalties. We explore how communications professionals decide what to say and what to censure, the consequences of war and peacetime on information, the complicated management of public relations, and the ethical challenges of digital convergence and the new frontiers of mass communications.
Food Marketing & Communication
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or equivalent; sophomore standing. A prior course in Communications is recommended.
Notes: Lecture course only
Course code: COM 253 F
Dual Listing: IGC 253 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: An introduction to the fundamental operational and strategic dynamics that shape marketing and communications in the agri-food industry. We compare and contrast different gastronomic cultures and traditions, comparing and contrasting the food marketing strategies related to them. Students examine and analyze case studies and success stories, ranging from small-scale producers to multinational companies, investigating the importance of geographical and social context in communicating food from a variety of perspectives. They then implement the tools and methodologies we’ve covered, keeping in mind both client and consumer, to design and develop an integrated marketing and communication plan for an agri-food business.
Crosscultural Communication in the Workplace
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: COM 271 F
Dual Listing: BUS 270 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 370 N Crosscultural Communication in the Workplace
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: The workplace is becoming increasingly multicultural, whether the context is side by side in an office, or a collaboration on international projects. What are the difficulties and solutions in getting outside the comfort zone of our own cultural expectations and being sensitive to those of others? Our goal is to understand intercultural interactions in business or in the workplace from both a theoretical and practical standpoint. We explore business practices in different countries, with a focus on Italy and the U.S., and discuss them in the context of case studies. Student will also actively participate in role-play and observational exercises designed to help anticipate and manage intercultural misunderstandings at work, as well as in more informal settings.
Public Relations
MON 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: COM 130 Introduction to Communications, or equivalents
Course code: COM 300 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 370 L Public Relations
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: What are we referring to when we speak of “public relations”? What does someone in PR do, and how have jobs in this sector changed over the decades? We explore PR theory, as well as the tools and strategies for a successful public relations campaign (planning, issue analysis, research methods and goals). Through case studies and exercises, we familiarize ourselves with the fields in which PR professionals operate: media relations, event management, crisis management, corporate identity, internal/external communications, community relations, international PR and marketing support, and effectiveness evaluation. The future of the field, and how new technologies may contribute to more effective, original PR solutions
War and the Media
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: COM 180 Mass Communication, or HIS 130 Western Civilization, or POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalents
Course code: COM 301 F
Dual Listing: POL 301 F
Marist Code/Title: CLDM 311 L War and Media
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Verdi
Description: Does the media influence military decision-making? How do government officials use information channels to influence public opinion and justify their actions? Can the news be “managed”? We explore the media’s role in military conflict and media-related strategies in the context of key later-20th-century international conflicts. The proliferation of satellite technologies, international TV networks such as CNN and Al Jazeera, and Internet; still vs. moving images; journalists and journalistic conventions; press conferences, briefings, and official statements; war in movies and art; the media gap between "North" and "South" and the emergence of "non-Western" media; and the spread of ethnic conflicts and terrorism and the increasingly asymmetric nature of war.
Communication and Leadership
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: COM 130 Introduction to Communications or equivalent
Course code: COM 304 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 305 N: Communications & Leadership
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Machiavelli
Description: Particularly in times of crisis, we crave effective leadership. How does a person’s ability to communicate effectively contribute to how they are viewed by others, and to their acceptance as a leader of communities, businesses, and institutions? We explore the tasks, strategies, and skills of an effective leader, moving from theories and concepts to the practical actions that, when combined with good communication skills and charisma, transform someone into a figure that others trust and follow. Key topics include motivation, credibility, influence, power, communicative style, negotiation, ethics, diversity, and current models of leadership.
Intercultural Communication
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing
Course code: COM 306 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 325 L Intercultural Communication
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Marco Polo
Description: Even a common language is no guarantee of effective communication. What are the major obstacles to conveying effective messages across cultural lines, and what strategies and methods can overcome these obstacles? We explore the fundamental patterns in cross-cultural psychology and communication, analyzing how people manage to (or not to) understand each other in individual, group, and intercultural scenarios. Topics include the influence of culture on personal identity, common communication difficulties, communicative roles, differing conceptions of personal space (proxemics), rituals, message patterns, clothing, myths, ideologies, and the mass media’s influence on cross-cultural representations of reality.
Integrated Marketing Communication
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents. Recommended: COM 204 Advertising Principles, or equivalent
Course code: COM 313 F
Dual Listing: BUS 313 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 352 L Integrated Marketing Communications
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: New technologies have expanded the possibilities of human communication and interaction on a global scale. How can marketers take advantage of these new channels to capture customers’ attention more effectively? The importance of this question explains why marketing communication is one of the most exciting, fastest-growing fields in modern marketing. We explore the most relevant theoretical concepts and the practical techniques most applicable to today’s major marketing communication functions: ads, direct marketing, sales promotion, public relations, personal selling, and the Internet. Student projects will assess a selected company’s marketing approach and develop an effective strategy proposal.
Global Sports Marketing
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: COM 352 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 352 L Global Sports Marketing
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: In an increasingly globalized economy, sports, teams, and individual players are marketed and sold around the world. How did the global sports economy arise? How are international sports brands created? We explore the different aspects of sports marketing, from sponsorships and event planning to understanding public relations and publicity, all within the complex framework of international sports and their global audiences. How does sports marketing deal with differences in marketing practices and cultures around the world? How does a global audience impact corporate sponsorships, and how do different communities react to local and global sporting events? Includes case studies of various global sporting events, which students use as a template to create their own strategic marketing plan for an international sporting event.
Social Media Marketing Internship
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Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) Marketing / Communications majors of junior standing with at least 2-3 prior courses in the field; 2) Concurrent enrollment in a course in the same field. Recommended: Social networking experience and strong photography skills. Fluency in Italian is recommended, but not required
Notes: min. 135 hrs INTERNSHIP. Placement opportunities are limited. Admission contingent on the student's CV, two reference letters, formal letter of intent, samples of writing and marketing work (due by application deadline) and onsite interview. Student taking an internship must retain full-time status, with a minimum of 15 credits per semester.
Course code: COM 370 F
Dual Listing: BUS 369 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 308 / MDIA 361 N International Communication Internship / Media Internship
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 135
Premises: Piazza S. Firenze, 5
Room: External
Description: A practical, professional experience in LdM’s Social Media Office or at an advertising or communication agency. Interns perform tasks that may include social media-based market research, promotional and advertising strategy development, photo archive management and development, managing and interacting with the LdM alumni network and its communication tools, and managing online databases. Monitoring is carried out by an onsite supervisor and a faculty member. Grades reflect the assessment of weekly reports, two papers, and an overall evaluation. 10-12 hours weekly at the internship site; schedules and onsite duties may vary. Note: Placement opportunities are limited and subject to change. Admission requirements: student's CV, two reference letters, a formal letter of intent, samples of writing and marketing work (blog writing, social media campaigns, press releases, advertising projects, photos). Supporting documentation must be submitted by the application deadline, and acceptance is subject to an onsite interview during the first week of the term.
Women and Equality: Policy Matters
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science or SOC 160 Introduction to Sociology, or equivalents
Course code: GND 266 F
Dual Listing: POL 266 F
Marist Code/Title: MGMT 266 N Women & Equality: Policy Matters
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Firenze
Description: Welcome to the 21 st century, when many organizations and societies still organize their division of labor and career opportunities according to norms, whether written or unwritten, that discriminate against women. We take a global, comparative, and interdisciplinary approach to exploring this persistent problem, one that affects even the most strategic policy sectors. Which specific inequalities do women face? What are the challenges and obstacles within organizations and societies to achieving gender equality? At course’s end, students develop a working proposal in the field of Public Policy (or Business) that addresses a specific gender inequality issue in context.
Communications Internship in Italian
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Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: Advanced Italian I (ITL 301 level) and concurrent enrollment in an Italian class (ITL/ITC). Recommended: Strong writing and communication skills.
Notes: min. 135 hrs INTERNSHIP. Placement opportunities are limited. Admission contingent on the student's CV, two reference letters, formal letter of intent in Italian, writing sample in English (due by application deadline) Italian language placement test and on-site interview. Check exact requirements in catalog. Students taking an internship must retain full-time status, with a minimum of 15 credits per semester.
Course code: COM 380 F
Dual Listing: ITC 380 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 135
Premises: Piazza S. Firenze, 5
Room: External
Description: A practical, professional experience at a local Florentine communications agency or similar business. Activities include writing articles, updating and/or adapting preexisting articles in various formats, clerical tasks, managing blogs, social media and websites, and developing new projects. Interns are monitored by an onsite supervisor and a faculty member. Grades reflect the assessment of weekly reports, two papers, and an overall evaluation. 10-12 hours weekly at the internship site; schedules and onsite duties may vary. Note: 135 internship hours minimum. Placement opportunities are limited. Admission requirements: student's CV, two reference letters, formal letter of intent in Italian, English writing sample (due by application deadline), Italian language placement test and onsite interview. Students interns must maintain full-time status with a minimum of 15 credits per semester.
Love and Natural Selection: Science and Myth
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: GND 280 F
Dual Listing: PSY 280 F
Marist Code/Title: BIOL 232 L Sex, Evolution & Behavior
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Darwin’s On the Origin of Species triggered a profound intellectual revolution in both the natural and social sciences. The scientist’s theory of natural selection had a deep impact on countless issues related to our understanding of religion, gender, race, and human behavior. But how well do we really know Darwin’s work and the conclusions that have been drawn from it? We examine the essential principles of Darwin's theory, then dive into the theoretical bases of modern evolutionary biology and some of the most popular (and controversial) theories of evolutionary psychology, concerning human reproduction, gender, love relationships, and beauty. How have post-Darwinian evolutionary ideas – and eugenics in particular – developed, and what do they tell us about the flaws in popular scientific thinking and the potential limits of the scientific method and its culture?
Global Brand Management
MON 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 307 Consumer Behavior, or Knowledge of essential concepts of Marketing
Course code: COM 411 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 427 L Global Brand Mgmt
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Marconi
Description: What makes brands successful across cultures and borders, able to survive economic crises and prosper on a global level? We take an in-depth look at the ingredients for worldwide profitability and visibility, developing and applying research-based strategic planning to the management of new or existing global brands: analyses of consumer behavior, the impact of current consumer and global economic trends on new and existing brands, and image management and marketing in a multicultural context. The course project requires students to design and develop an integrated communications campaign to launch a brand, acquire customers, and develop long-term, profitable relationships in multiple global markets.
Women Artists: From the Renaissance to the Present
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: ART 180 Art History I, or ART 186 Art History II, or equivalent
Course code: GND 281 F
Dual Listing: ART 281 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Despite women’s active role in the art world for centuries, we tend to identify them more as patrons, muses and models than as artists. Bucking this trend, we explore the extraordinary contribution of female artists to Western art history, and how they have shaped the evolution of artistic language from the Renaissance to today. A critical analysis and contextualization of artists such as Plautilla Nelli, Artemisia Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Rosalba Carriera, Berthe Morisot, Tamara de Lempicka, Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman, and Marina Abramovic, whose works will be analyzed in their historical and socio-cultural context, as well as in a larger art-historical perspective, allows students to appreciate how female artists have gained increasing prominence in the art world in recent centuries, and grapple with the question of whether art by women possesses exclusive qualities absent from work by their male counterparts.
Global IMC Campaign Development
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) BUS 312 International Marketing; 2) COM 411 Global Brand Management or COM 360 Global Media Strategies, or equivalents
Course code: COM 441 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 429 L Global Mkt Camp Devl
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Puccini
Description: Using the skills developed in previous Global Integrated Marketing Communication courses, students develop a comprehensive, insight-driven, multimedia IMC campaign. Work includes the necessary primary and secondary research to determine and analyze ideal target audiences and collect key customer feedback; the creation of a “big” campaign idea and the development of an integrated multimedia strategy based on consumer behavior research; and bringing these together with a feasible, measurable media strategy and the creative elements required to make the campaign memorable and successful.
Women of the Medici Family
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: HIS 130 Western Civilization, or equivalent, or sophomore standing
Course code: GND 290 F
Dual Listing: HIS 295 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 255 L The Women of the Medici
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Firenze
Description: For four centuries and thirteen generations (1368-1743), the Medici were the most important family in Tuscany. Even today they remain a source of incredible prestige, their history deeply intertwined with the city of Florence and its territory. They emerged as merchants, became the most powerful bankers of the time, and transformed themselves into the lords of Florence and one of the most important families in Europe. What role did the Medici women play in this spectacular trajectory? As wives? As mothers? As daughters? Through the lens of some of the family’s most famous females, we explore what it was like to live as a woman at the height of Renaissance Florence, how they participated in the major social, political and cultural phenomena of the age, and their influence on the fate of not only their family, but European history in general.
Introduction to Environmental Issues
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: ENV 180 F
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 101 L Introduction to Environmental Issues
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: Perhaps never before has the environment been such a central theme in our lives. Yet it is also a potentially limitless field in which it is easy to get lost or sidetracked. We explore the major concepts and questions to provide a foundation for understanding the critical environmental issues of today and tomorrow: climate change, population growth, natural resource management, pollution, global changes in biodiversity and wildlife, habitat loss, land and coastal erosion, food production, water resources, and changing consumption and living habits. A reflection on global environmental issues within an earth systems framework that places the various pieces of the puzzle in dialogue with one another.
History of Prostitution
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: Junior standing
Course code: GND 302 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 260 L History of Prostitution
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Prostitution is, and always has been, a complex phenomenon. It lies at the intersection of gender roles, sexual practices, religious and moral views, social power, and legal boundaries. What role did prostitution play in changing ideas about women, sexuality and the body in the formative centuries of the Western tradition? Our focus is on the period from classical antiquity to the Protestant Reformation: with an interdisciplinary approach, we draw on sources from history, religion, mythology, philosophy, the visual arts, literature, and legal documents to explore what prostitution meant, why it has always both existed and been fiercely condemned, and why it continues to divide public opinion up to the present day.
Sustainable Food and the New Global Challenge
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: Lecture course only
Course code: ENV 280 F
Dual Listing: IGC 280 F
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 250 L: Eco-Gastronomy: Sustainable Food
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Firenze
Description: Food and culinary culture through the lens of environmental preservation, sustainable agriculture, biological and culinary diversity, and global social justice. Our multidisciplinary approach combines cutting-edge academic research with the traditional, grassroots knowledge of farmers and producers, exploring the nutritional, social, and environmental aspects of food and food systems. What are the big-picture consequences of developing sustainable food sources? Are there any negative effects from an economic perspective? What is the place of individual consumers in today’s global food system, and how can they exercise power and make their choices count?
Ancient Rome
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: HIS 200 F
Dual Listing: ANC 200 F
Marist Code/Title: HIST 247 L Ancient Rome
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: A comprehensive introduction to ancient Roman civilization, from its origins in the 8th century BCE to its fall 14 centuries later. Through key events and major figures, we explore a variety of themes and methodological issues: the primary sources of ancient history, the political organization of the Roman state, Rome’s territorial expansion and its cultural and administrative influence in subject lands, Roman religion and the spread of Christianity, the end of the Roman world and the rise of new social models, and the historiographical "myth of Rome." Our problem-oriented approach aims to stimulate critical-thinking skills and developing students’ familiarity in working with historically significant primary sources.
The Quarters of Florence: History and Culture
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: HIS 250 F
Marist Code/Title: CSIT 110 L The Quarters of Florence: History and Culture
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Puccini
Description: A firsthand, immersive experience in Florence’s historical center and the four quartieri, or neighborhoods, into which the city has been divided since 1252. Named after their principal church, they have each presented their own unique social, political, and urban characteristics over the centuries, and these themes and questions form the backbone of the course. Which prestigious families, major buildings, artistic masterpieces, economic activities, and historical events have marked the development of each neighborhood? To what extent do these distinctions still prevail today? Other topics include the construction of identity (individual, family, neighborhood, civic); the nature of social capital, networks, and agency; the creation and preservation of local culture; and the complex balance between heritage and transformation. Includes frequent site visits.
History of Science: Antiquity to 1700
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: HIS 271 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Machiavelli
Description: This course examines key episodes and themes in the history of science up to the 17th century. Students will learn to situate scientific ideas within their social, cultural, and broader intellectual contexts. We will survey a range of scientific developments, treating science both as a body of knowledge and as a set of practices, and moving across centuries, continents, and disciplines to see how what we know about the natural world is tied to the who, when, where, and how’s of knowledge production and circulation. To understand how modern scientific practices emerged, we will examine the changing nature of scientific inquiry and methodology, the importance of social supports and institutions for scientists, and the growing cultural importance of science in society. The main topics of this course are: 1. the emphases that civilizations have placed on either theoretical science or practical technology; 2. the effect of culture on the questions that science asks; 3. the relationship between science and religion.
Lifestyle in Renaissance Florence
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: HIS 280 F
Dual Listing: ART 280 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 275 L Lifestyle in Renaissance Florence
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: The social, economic, political, and artistic life of Renaissance Florence, and its close ties to the fortune and fortunes of a group of elite families: the Medici, Rucellai, Strozzi, and Pitti. To get an idea of what life was like, at least for some, in the Renaissance city, we examine their art and artistic objects such as wedding chests and other furniture, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, and coats of arms. What can art and material culture tell us about everyday life, and at the same time, what are its limits? Through the lens of these families and the history of their public and private lives, we shed light on a series of characteristics that not only distinguished the Florence of the past, but in some ways still does, as some of these families still play an active role in the city’s life.
Women of the Medici Family
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: HIS 130 Western Civilization, or equivalent, or sophomore standing
Course code: HIS 295 F
Dual Listing: GND 290 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 255 L The Women of the Medici
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Firenze
Description: For four centuries and thirteen generations (1368-1743), the Medici were the most important family in Tuscany. Even today they remain a source of incredible prestige, their history deeply intertwined with the city of Florence and its territory. They emerged as merchants, became the most powerful bankers of the time, and transformed themselves into the lords of Florence and one of the most important families in Europe. What role did the Medici women play in this spectacular trajectory? As wives? As mothers? As daughters? Through the lens of some of the family’s most famous females, we explore what it was like to live as a woman at the height of Renaissance Florence, how they participated in the major social, political and cultural phenomena of the age, and their influence on the fate of not only their family, but European history in general.
Italian Renaissance Civilization and Culture
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: HIS 130 Western Civilization, or equivalent
Course code: HIS 300 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 253 L : Italian Renaissance Civilization and Culture
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: “Man is the measure of all things.” In this credo lay the core of the humanist thinking of the Renaissance, an age that exalted human capabilities and produced stunning achievements. We explore the artistic, literary, and political accomplishments of one of the most remarkable and vibrant periods in Italian history. What was the role of the Classical past for Renaissance thinkers and creators? How did the various Italian courts promote this unique culture and worldview? We focus on prominent figures who marked this era in a variety of fields: the prominent Medici, Sforza, and Della Rovere families, artists and architects like Brunelleschi, Alberti, Leonardo and Michelangelo, writers, poets, and philosophers such as Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Pico della Mirandola, and Machiavelli, and merchants, bankers, and courtiers.
Italian Renaissance Civilization and Culture
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 102
FULL
Prerequisites: HIS 130 Western Civilization, or equivalent
Course code: HIS 300 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 253 L : Italian Renaissance Civilization and Culture
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Puccini
Description: “Man is the measure of all things.” In this credo lay the core of the humanist thinking of the Renaissance, an age that exalted human capabilities and produced stunning achievements. We explore the artistic, literary, and political accomplishments of one of the most remarkable and vibrant periods in Italian history. What was the role of the Classical past for Renaissance thinkers and creators? How did the various Italian courts promote this unique culture and worldview? We focus on prominent figures who marked this era in a variety of fields: the prominent Medici, Sforza, and Della Rovere families, artists and architects like Brunelleschi, Alberti, Leonardo and Michelangelo, writers, poets, and philosophers such as Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Pico della Mirandola, and Machiavelli, and merchants, bankers, and courtiers.
Love and Natural Selection: Science and Myth
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: GND 280 F
Dual Listing: PSY 280 F
Marist Code/Title: BIOL 232 L Sex, Evolution & Behavior
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Machiavelli
Description: Darwin’s On the Origin of Species triggered a profound intellectual revolution in both the natural and social sciences. The scientist’s theory of natural selection had a deep impact on countless issues related to our understanding of religion, gender, race, and human behavior. But how well do we really know Darwin’s work and the conclusions that have been drawn from it? We examine the essential principles of Darwin's theory, then dive into the theoretical bases of modern evolutionary biology and some of the most popular (and controversial) theories of evolutionary psychology, concerning human reproduction, gender, love relationships, and beauty. How have post-Darwinian evolutionary ideas – and eugenics in particular – developed, and what do they tell us about the flaws in popular scientific thinking and the potential limits of the scientific method and its culture?
Women Artists: From the Renaissance to the Present
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 180 Art History I, or ART 186 Art History II, or equivalent
Course code: GND 281 F
Dual Listing: ART 281 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 382 L ST: Women Artists
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Marco Polo
Description: Despite women’s active role in the art world for centuries, we tend to identify them more as patrons, muses and models than as artists. Bucking this trend, we explore the extraordinary contribution of female artists to Western art history, and how they have shaped the evolution of artistic language from the Renaissance to today. A critical analysis and contextualization of artists such as Plautilla Nelli, Artemisia Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Rosalba Carriera, Berthe Morisot, Tamara de Lempicka, Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman, and Marina Abramovic, whose works will be analyzed in their historical and socio-cultural context, as well as in a larger art-historical perspective, allows students to appreciate how female artists have gained increasing prominence in the art world in recent centuries, and grapple with the question of whether art by women possesses exclusive qualities absent from work by their male counterparts.
Women of the Medici Family
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: HIS 130 Western Civilization, or equivalent, or sophomore standing
Course code: GND 290 F
Dual Listing: HIS 295 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 255 L The Women of the Medici
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: For four centuries and thirteen generations (1368-1743), the Medici were the most important family in Tuscany. Even today they remain a source of incredible prestige, their history deeply intertwined with the city of Florence and its territory. They emerged as merchants, became the most powerful bankers of the time, and transformed themselves into the lords of Florence and one of the most important families in Europe. What role did the Medici women play in this spectacular trajectory? As wives? As mothers? As daughters? Through the lens of some of the family’s most famous females, we explore what it was like to live as a woman at the height of Renaissance Florence, how they participated in the major social, political and cultural phenomena of the age, and their influence on the fate of not only their family, but European history in general.
History of Prostitution
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: Junior standing
Course code: GND 302 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 260 L History of Prostitution
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Tiziano
Description: Prostitution is, and always has been, a complex phenomenon. It lies at the intersection of gender roles, sexual practices, religious and moral views, social power, and legal boundaries. What role did prostitution play in changing ideas about women, sexuality and the body in the formative centuries of the Western tradition? Our focus is on the period from classical antiquity to the Protestant Reformation: with an interdisciplinary approach, we draw on sources from history, religion, mythology, philosophy, the visual arts, literature, and legal documents to explore what prostitution meant, why it has always both existed and been fiercely condemned, and why it continues to divide public opinion up to the present day.
Ancient Rome
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: HIS 200 F
Dual Listing: ANC 200 F
Marist Code/Title: HIST 247 L Ancient Rome
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: A comprehensive introduction to ancient Roman civilization, from its origins in the 8th century BCE to its fall 14 centuries later. Through key events and major figures, we explore a variety of themes and methodological issues: the primary sources of ancient history, the political organization of the Roman state, Rome’s territorial expansion and its cultural and administrative influence in subject lands, Roman religion and the spread of Christianity, the end of the Roman world and the rise of new social models, and the historiographical "myth of Rome." Our problem-oriented approach aims to stimulate critical-thinking skills and developing students’ familiarity in working with historically significant primary sources.
Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: HIS 215 F
Dual Listing: ANC 215 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 233 L Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Marconi
Description: Florence’s ancient past, from the city’s origins to the end of the Roman Empire. Roman Florentia gradually emerges before our eyes in the texts of ancient and medieval authors and the archaeological evidence displayed in local museums or only recently unearthed. How did the urban space develop, and what patterns can we identify as we locate the main temples and sacred spaces, the public buildings and private residences? How did the presence of “barbarian” rulers impact the evolution of the ancient city and its territory? We also discuss the city in the context of more general topics in Roman civilization, including its art, architecture, infrastructure and lifestyle. Visits to Florence’s National Archeological Museum and little-known archaeological sites offer unique, firsthand access to the city’s past.
The Holocaust: Jewish and Christian Responses
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: Note: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: HIS 235 F
Dual Listing: REL 235 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 256 L The Holocaust: Jewish and Christian Responses
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: An introduction to the Holocaust, its causes, its legacy, and its implications. What role did Christian anti-Judaism play in the Nazi rise to power and the "Final Solution"? How did the Vatican and world Jewry react to the racist policies and violence of Europe’s Fascist regimes, and why? We examine a series of accounts of life in the Nazi-controlled Jewish ghettos and death camps to try to understand what happened and how it was possible, then look at the efforts of particular Christian and Jewish communities to remember and learn from the Holocaust and how best to represent those events today. With a special focus on the Italian Jewish experience leading up to and during the Holocaust, including the rise of Fascism in Italy and the Racial Laws it eventually produced.
The Quarters of Florence: History and Culture
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: HIS 250 F
Marist Code/Title: CSIT 110 L The Quarters of Florence: History and Culture
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Verdi
Description: A firsthand, immersive experience in Florence’s historical center and the four quartieri, or neighborhoods, into which the city has been divided since 1252. Named after their principal church, they have each presented their own unique social, political, and urban characteristics over the centuries, and these themes and questions form the backbone of the course. Which prestigious families, major buildings, artistic masterpieces, economic activities, and historical events have marked the development of each neighborhood? To what extent do these distinctions still prevail today? Other topics include the construction of identity (individual, family, neighborhood, civic); the nature of social capital, networks, and agency; the creation and preservation of local culture; and the complex balance between heritage and transformation. Includes frequent site visits.
The Quarters of Florence: History and Culture
MON 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 202
OPEN
Course code: HIS 250 F
Marist Code/Title: CSIT 110 L The Quarters of Florence: History and Culture
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Machiavelli
Description: A firsthand, immersive experience in Florence’s historical center and the four quartieri, or neighborhoods, into which the city has been divided since 1252. Named after their principal church, they have each presented their own unique social, political, and urban characteristics over the centuries, and these themes and questions form the backbone of the course. Which prestigious families, major buildings, artistic masterpieces, economic activities, and historical events have marked the development of each neighborhood? To what extent do these distinctions still prevail today? Other topics include the construction of identity (individual, family, neighborhood, civic); the nature of social capital, networks, and agency; the creation and preservation of local culture; and the complex balance between heritage and transformation. Includes frequent site visits.
Lifestyle in Renaissance Florence
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: HIS 280 F
Dual Listing: ART 280 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 275 L Lifestyle in Renaissance Florence
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: The social, economic, political, and artistic life of Renaissance Florence, and its close ties to the fortune and fortunes of a group of elite families: the Medici, Rucellai, Strozzi, and Pitti. To get an idea of what life was like, at least for some, in the Renaissance city, we examine their art and artistic objects such as wedding chests and other furniture, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, and coats of arms. What can art and material culture tell us about everyday life, and at the same time, what are its limits? Through the lens of these families and the history of their public and private lives, we shed light on a series of characteristics that not only distinguished the Florence of the past, but in some ways still does, as some of these families still play an active role in the city’s life.
Italy's Contribution to Modern Science
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: HIS 281 F
Dual Listing: PHI 281 F
Marist Code/Title: HIST 281/ PHIL 281 L Italy's Contribution to Modern Science
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: An introduction to the foundational principles and theories and major historic developments in a variety of scientific disciplines, with a focus on the most important contributions of Italian intellectuals and scientists. We cover a chronological period stretching from the early modern era to the present, examining how monumental figures such as Fibonacci, Galileo, Malpighi, Fermi, and others have contributed to advances in scientific thought and knowledge in fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy. How have they been influenced by historical events and pre-existing belief systems? We focus particularly on these scientists’ contribution to developing “purely” scientific methodologies, as well as the ethical framework related to scientific research and experimentation.
Florence and the House of the Medici
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: HIS 286 F
Marist Code/Title: HIST 202 L Florence and the House of the Medici
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: The history of an extraordinary Florentine family and its ties to the city. We trace its fortunes for over three hundred years, from the rise of the Medici bank in the late 14th and early 15th century to the extinction of the princely dynasty in 1737. How did the Medici amass and wield their immense power? How were they able to rule Florence, control the papacy, act as the "needle of the Italian compass" and, at times, influence the policies of an entire continent? The family’s ranks included statesmen, scholars, patrons of the arts, collectors, entrepreneurs and impresarios, as well as both poets and popes. Through the Medici we also explore some of the most important philosophical and artistic movements of the time, and the great artists and intellectuals–including Michelangelo, Politian, Donatello, and Botticelli–who worked under their patronage. Includes numerous visits to palaces, churches, and museums.
Dante’s Quest for Love—from the Divine Comedy to Contemporary Culture and Media
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation
Course code: LIT 288 F
Dual Listing: FMA 288 F
Marist Code/Title: ENG 281 L Dante's Quest for Love
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: “Therefore I pray you, gentle father dear, to teach me what love is.” Dante’s plea to Vergil in the Divine Comedy engaged some of the brightest minds in late medieval Europe: natural philosophers, theologians, poets. And the Florentine poet’s spiritual and sentimental journey has never ceased to inspire his fellow artists. We begin by examining the Comedy’s classical sources (particularly Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Art of Love, and Remedies of Love) and Andreas Capellanus’s bestselling twelfth-century ‘love manual.’ Then we dive into Dante’s magnum opus itself, familiarizing ourselves with the most significant characters and passages throughout the text. Finally, we explore how this medieval masterpiece has inspired a whole series of works in the figurative arts, music, TV, and film.
Women of the Medici Family
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: HIS 130 Western Civilization, or equivalent, or sophomore standing
Course code: HIS 295 F
Dual Listing: GND 290 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 255 L The Women of the Medici
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: For four centuries and thirteen generations (1368-1743), the Medici were the most important family in Tuscany. Even today they remain a source of incredible prestige, their history deeply intertwined with the city of Florence and its territory. They emerged as merchants, became the most powerful bankers of the time, and transformed themselves into the lords of Florence and one of the most important families in Europe. What role did the Medici women play in this spectacular trajectory? As wives? As mothers? As daughters? Through the lens of some of the family’s most famous females, we explore what it was like to live as a woman at the height of Renaissance Florence, how they participated in the major social, political and cultural phenomena of the age, and their influence on the fate of not only their family, but European history in general.
Italian Grand Tour: Italy through the Eyes of Famous Travellers
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: LIT 350 F
Marist Code/Title: LIT 333 L Italian Grand Tour
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Was the Grand Tour mere tourism for Europe’s elite, or did it have a deeper significance? What can it tell us about the Italy of the time, and about the “tourists” themselves? We explore the memoirs, letters, and diaries of some of the most famous artists, writers, and intellectuals who traveled through and lived in Italy between the 18th and 20th centuries, shedding light on the history, works of art, monuments, and local folkloristic events of the main Grand Tour destinations: Venice, Florence, and Rome. We also discuss the contrasts and contradictions between the often-idealized descriptions and landscapes, and the negative views expressed with regard to the Italian people, then compare these with 21st-century foreigners’ ideas of Italy.
Italian Renaissance Civilization and Culture
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: HIS 130 Western Civilization, or equivalent
Course code: HIS 300 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 253 L : Italian Renaissance Civilization and Culture
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Tiziano
Description: “Man is the measure of all things.” In this credo lay the core of the humanist thinking of the Renaissance, an age that exalted human capabilities and produced stunning achievements. We explore the artistic, literary, and political accomplishments of one of the most remarkable and vibrant periods in Italian history. What was the role of the Classical past for Renaissance thinkers and creators? How did the various Italian courts promote this unique culture and worldview? We focus on prominent figures who marked this era in a variety of fields: the prominent Medici, Sforza, and Della Rovere families, artists and architects like Brunelleschi, Alberti, Leonardo and Michelangelo, writers, poets, and philosophers such as Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Pico della Mirandola, and Machiavelli, and merchants, bankers, and courtiers.
Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 215 F
Dual Listing: HIS 215 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 233 L Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Florence’s ancient past, from the city’s origins to the end of the Roman Empire. Roman Florentia gradually emerges before our eyes in the texts of ancient and medieval authors and the archaeological evidence displayed in local museums or only recently unearthed. How did the urban space develop, and what patterns can we identify as we locate the main temples and sacred spaces, the public buildings and private residences? How did the presence of “barbarian” rulers impact the evolution of the ancient city and its territory? We also discuss the city in the context of more general topics in Roman civilization, including its art, architecture, infrastructure and lifestyle. Visits to Florence’s National Archeological Museum and little-known archaeological sites offer unique, firsthand access to the city’s past.
Palaces of Florence
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: ART 245 F
Marist Code/Title: ARTL 210 L Palaces of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: What role have private and public palaces played in Florentine life over the centuries? Why were they built in certain areas at certain times, and how did styles change? We examine the function of these buildings in the city’s history between the 13th and 17th century from an interdisciplinary perspective: not only do we explore the development of architectural and artistic styles and the stories of patrons, residents, and architects, but how evolution of these buildings was connected to major social, economic, cultural, and political phenomena over five centuries of Florentine history. Includes visits to a number of the city’s palaces, allowing students to experience and study these spaces firsthand.
International Art Business
MON to THU 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 180 Art History I, or ART 186 Art History II, or equivalents
Course code: ART 297 F
Dual Listing: BUS 290 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 318 N International Art Business
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: An introduction to the art market and the institutional networks that support and promote art-based transactions. We explore the buying and selling of works of art, both within the auction framework and elsewhere. Lectures and interactions with sector specialists help students develop their ability to identify and analyze pieces of art, access marketing opportunities, and devise effective strategies for a variety of professional roles. We specifically investigate the role of the art dealer and art administrator, as well as gain a firm understanding of the international laws and other recognized practices that regulate the field.
The Well Examined Life: Key Western Philosophers
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: PHI 185 F
Marist Code/Title: PHIL 101 L Philosoophical Perspectives
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: An introduction to the methods, content, and questions of philosophy, through the evolution of the main schools of Western thought. We focus on the fundamental thinkers and concerns from the early Middle Ages to the beginning of the Scientific Revolution: How did the key ideas of ancient Greek and Roman and early Christian philosophers influence their medieval and early modern successors? What was Catholicism’s impact on philosophy and vice versa, especially in the Italian tradition? In exploring these questions, we look at the life and most important works of, among others, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Dante, Petrarch, Marsilio Ficino, Pico della Mirandola, Machiavelli, Giordano Bruno, and Galileo Galilei.
Principles of Marketing
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: BUS 210 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 210 N Principles of Marketing
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: What makes marketing such a dynamic and exciting field? What can good marketing give to a company, and how can it help overcome the challenges businesses face on an everyday basis? We explore marketing’s essential principles and concepts, as well as the true nature and scope of marketing management. Topics include marketing strategy, the 4 P’s, market planning, retailing and wholesaling, target marketing, market segmentation, and services marketing. We also discuss marketing’s strategic importance to any organization, whether it be a for-profit commercial enterprise or a non-profit or charitable entity.
Logical, Critical, and Creative: The Power of Reason
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: PHI 225 F
Marist Code/Title: PHIL 203 L Intro to Logic
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Logic is essential in academics, and vital in daily life. How do you devise arguments to convince others? What skills can help you assess those made by others, including the increasingly intrusive advertising characteristic of the digital age? We analyze sources in a wide variety of media while exploring the tools for logical thinking and sound reasoning, learning to construct well-reasoned arguments on a variety of topics, such as immigration, art, animal rights and robotics. Covers both traditional logic and modern logical concepts and techniques: structuring arguments, how to distinguish between arguments/non-arguments and deductive/inductive arguments, and how to evaluate them in terms of validity, strength, soundness, and cogency. Other topics include formal logic, categorical propositions, syllogisms, propositional and predicate logic, and how to use truth tables.
International Business
MON to THU 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: BUS 250 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: Which are the key characteristics and features of the EU business environment? How can you analyse the main opportunities and challenges to which companies and firms operating within it are exposed? In this course we will analyse and review aspects related to the history and development of the EU, and its business environment, such as the history and development of European integration, the characteristics of the European business arena, European economics, finance and funding mechanisms, the 'Europeanization' of business environment and management, and Marketing in Europe. As second step, we will exploit Italy as a case study to illustrate the main opportunities and challenges related to doing business in a foreign Country. In particular, after an overview of the main characteristics of the Italian Business Culture and how it has been shaped by the Italian history, we will focus on the analysis of the following areas: How to start a business in Italy, Hiring and managing staff in Italy, The taxation system in Italy, Protecting the intellectual property in Italy and the importance of Italian business in the European context, especially with reference to SMEs.
International Art Business
MON to THU 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 180 Art History I, or ART 186 Art History II, or equivalents
Course code: BUS 290 F
Dual Listing: ART 297 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 318 N International Art Business
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: An introduction to the art market and the institutional networks that support and promote art-based transactions. We explore the buying and selling of works of art, both within the auction framework and elsewhere. Lectures and interactions with sector specialists help students develop their ability to identify and analyze pieces of art, access marketing opportunities, and devise effective strategies for a variety of professional roles. We specifically investigate the role of the art dealer and art administrator, as well as gain a firm understanding of the international laws and other recognized practices that regulate the field.
Luxury Brand Management
MON to THU 4:15 PM-6:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing or FAS 215 Fashion Marketing or equivalents, or Business, Management, Marketing or Merchandising majors of junior standing
Course code: BUS 352 F
Dual Listing: FAS 352 F
Marist Code/Title: FASH 455 N Global Merchandising
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Luxury brand management is both a concept and a global reality, representing a multi-billion-dollar market of goods and services. How has it developed over time? What are its political, economic and social aspects, and how does it relate to design, pop culture and the arts? Through a range of case studies and products in the fashion sector and beyond, we explore the challenges of building, protecting and strengthening a luxury brand, as well as its economic management and distribution. We also trace the evolution of luxury brand identities in terms of key concepts such as desire, status, exclusivity, supply and demand, consumption, and value, to understand how luxury brands resist global economic recession.
Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: HIS 215 F
Dual Listing: ANC 215 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 233 L Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Florence’s ancient past, from the city’s origins to the end of the Roman Empire. Roman Florentia gradually emerges before our eyes in the texts of ancient and medieval authors and the archaeological evidence displayed in local museums or only recently unearthed. How did the urban space develop, and what patterns can we identify as we locate the main temples and sacred spaces, the public buildings and private residences? How did the presence of “barbarian” rulers impact the evolution of the ancient city and its territory? We also discuss the city in the context of more general topics in Roman civilization, including its art, architecture, infrastructure and lifestyle. Visits to Florence’s National Archeological Museum and little-known archaeological sites offer unique, firsthand access to the city’s past.
Sustainability: Science, Political Economy and Business
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science or BUS 140 Introduction to Economics, or equivalents
Course code: POL 259 F
Dual Listing: BUS 259 F
Marist Code/Title: MGMT 259 N Sustain: Sci, Political Econ & Bus
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: The word “sustainability” seems to be everywhere these days. But how has this concept evolved over time? What are the fundamental ideas and theories that support it, and what are its scientific, technological, and economic dimensions? In examining these questions, we look closely at the roles of various stakeholders, such as governments, NGOs and businesses, in promoting a more sustainable society. There are also those who have opposed or impeded sustainable practices, and we explore how they have done so and their reasons, both stated and otherwise. Students develop their own sustainability-based project concerning a specific field of their choice.
Women and Equality: Policy Matters
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science or SOC 160 Introduction to Sociology, or equivalents
Course code: POL 266 F
Dual Listing: GND 266 F
Marist Code/Title: MGMT 266 N Women & Equality: Policy Matters
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Firenze
Description: Welcome to the 21 st century, when many organizations and societies still organize their division of labor and career opportunities according to norms, whether written or unwritten, that discriminate against women. We take a global, comparative, and interdisciplinary approach to exploring this persistent problem, one that affects even the most strategic policy sectors. Which specific inequalities do women face? What are the challenges and obstacles within organizations and societies to achieving gender equality? At course’s end, students develop a working proposal in the field of Public Policy (or Business) that addresses a specific gender inequality issue in context.
Beyond Modern Capitalism: Rethinking the Global Socio-Economic Order
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalent. Recommended: BUS 140 Introduction to Economics, or equivalent
Course code: POL 286 F
Dual Listing: BUS 286 F
Marist Code/Title: MGMT 286 N Beyond Modern Capitalism
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: How has the current socio-economic order come to be? What are its origins, its most important developments, and what, if any, are the alternatives? With a critical, multidisciplinary approach, we examine the role of political, economic and social elements and forces in the evolution of the current capitalist system, fleshing out both its positive and negative aspects. We look at whether capitalism has a “sustainable” future, and investigate the feasibility of alternate models: would they be more capable of satisfying socio-economic needs in fair and equitable ways?
International Politics
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: POL 288 F
Marist Code/Title: POSC 113 L International Relation
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: The fundamental concepts of international politics, and the most important events in the world of international relations from the Peace of Westphalia (1648) to the present. Why should we care about what goes on at the United Nations? Why is it important that even small nations have a forum in which to make their voices heard? We outline the main differences between the traditional nation-state system and the present global order, highlighting the growing importance of international organizations and their role in promoting peace, democracy, and human rights. What is the role of international law and diplomacy? How has globalization affected processes of regional integration and international economic organizations? How are international relationships affected by questions such as war, terrorism, and migration?
War and the Media
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: COM 180 Mass Communication, or HIS 130 Western Civilization, or POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalents
Course code: POL 301 F
Dual Listing: COM 301 F
Marist Code/Title: CLDM 311 L War and Media
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Does the media influence military decision-making? How do government officials use information channels to influence public opinion and justify their actions? Can the news be “managed”? We explore the media’s role in military conflict and media-related strategies in the context of key later-20th-century international conflicts. The proliferation of satellite technologies, international TV networks such as CNN and Al Jazeera, and Internet; still vs. moving images; journalists and journalistic conventions; press conferences, briefings, and official statements; war in movies and art; the media gap between "North" and "South" and the emergence of "non-Western" media; and the spread of ethnic conflicts and terrorism and the increasingly asymmetric nature of war.
International Law
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalent; or majors in Legal Studies
Course code: POL 315 F
Marist Code/Title: POLI 310 L : International Law
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Healthy international relations hinge on the reciprocal respect of rules, the sum of which constitute what is known as international law. Yet nations are also independent entities, exceedingly prone to acting in their own self-interest. How can international law function effectively when states so often choose to ignore or flagrantly violate its dictates? We explore this group of mutually-agreed-upon rules, the matters they regulate, and their influence on how states conduct both domestic and foreign policy. Topics include the jurisdiction of international law, international organizations (with a focus on the UN), treaties, liability, and crime (such as international terrorism).
Italian Grand Tour: Italy through the Eyes of Famous Travellers
MON to THU 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: LIT 350 F
Marist Code/Title: LIT 333 L Italian Grand Tour
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Was the Grand Tour mere tourism for Europe’s elite, or did it have a deeper significance? What can it tell us about the Italy of the time, and about the “tourists” themselves? We explore the memoirs, letters, and diaries of some of the most famous artists, writers, and intellectuals who traveled through and lived in Italy between the 18th and 20th centuries, shedding light on the history, works of art, monuments, and local folkloristic events of the main Grand Tour destinations: Venice, Florence, and Rome. We also discuss the contrasts and contradictions between the often-idealized descriptions and landscapes, and the negative views expressed with regard to the Italian people, then compare these with 21st-century foreigners’ ideas of Italy.
The Pursuit of Happiness: Cultivating Well-Being in Challenging Times
MON to THU 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: PHI 220 F
Dual Listing: PSY 220 F
Marist Code/Title: PHIL 200 L Ethics
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Don't worry, be happy! Happiness is trendy both in academic and popular culture. Self-help books and internet guides to living a happier life have proliferated over the last decade. But is it truly possible to define and measure happiness? How can you tell whether you, or others, are happy or not? With an interdisciplinary approach that draws from experimental philosophy and positive psychology, we investigate the great Eastern and Western thinkers on the subject of happiness: from Plato, Aristotle, Confucius and Lao Tzu to Nietzsche, Mill and Thoreau. Students also engage in a series of experiments, activities, and narrative exercises to stimulate reflection on the topic and, we hope, promote their own social and emotional well-being.
Introduction to Psychology
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: PSY 150 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: Explores the major areas of psychology and the scientific and non-scientific approaches to investigating psychological phenomena. We take a critical look at the most up-to-date research and theoretical debate, discussing topics such as anthropological assumptions and implications, deontology, sensation and perception, cognitive processes, consciousness, language, learning, personality, development, and psychopathology. For each, we examine the principal theories from diverse perspectives (e.g., biological, behavioral, cognitive, and psychodynamic). We also familiarize ourselves with different types of scientific research (e.g., experiments, correlational research, review, meta-analysis) and the typical structure of a research paper (introduction, method, results, discussion, limitations, and implications).
Social Psychology
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 200 F
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 220 L : Social Psychology
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: How do we think about, influence, and relate to other people? What is the role of others in forming our perception of ourselves, our attitudes, and the degree to which we obey rules and generally conform? We explore human social behavior through the field’s major theories, findings, approaches, and methods, emphasizing an interpersonal perspective. Specific topics include attribution theory, causes of prejudice and aggression and methods for reducing them, altruism, development of gender roles, stereotypes, and nonverbal behavior. We also make use of our Italian setting to compare and contrast the influence of different cultures on individual and group behavior.
The Pursuit of Happiness: Cultivating Well-Being in Challenging Times
MON to THU 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: PSY 220 F
Dual Listing: PHI 220 F
Marist Code/Title: PHIL 200 L Ethics
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Don't worry, be happy! Happiness is trendy both in academic and popular culture. Self-help books and internet guides to living a happier life have proliferated over the last decade. But is it truly possible to define and measure happiness? How can you tell whether you, or others, are happy or not? With an interdisciplinary approach that draws from experimental philosophy and positive psychology, we investigate the great Eastern and Western thinkers on the subject of happiness: from Plato, Aristotle, Confucius and Lao Tzu to Nietzsche, Mill and Thoreau. Students also engage in a series of experiments, activities, and narrative exercises to stimulate reflection on the topic and, we hope, promote their own social and emotional well-being.
Love and Natural Selection: Science and Myth
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: PSY 280 F
Dual Listing: GND 280 F
Marist Code/Title: BIOL 232 L Sex, Evolution & Behavior
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Darwin’s On the Origin of Species triggered a profound intellectual revolution in both the natural and social sciences. The scientist’s theory of natural selection had a deep impact on countless issues related to our understanding of religion, gender, race, and human behavior. But how well do we really know Darwin’s work and the conclusions that have been drawn from it? We examine the essential principles of Darwin's theory, then dive into the theoretical bases of modern evolutionary biology and some of the most popular (and controversial) theories of evolutionary psychology, concerning human reproduction, gender, relationships, and beauty. How have post-Darwinian evolutionary ideas – and eugenics in particular – developed, and what do they tell us about the flaws in popular scientific thinking and the potential limits of the scientific method and its culture?
Organized Crime: Sociology and History of the Italian Mafia
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: SOC 260 F
Marist Code/Title: SOC 370/CRJU 350 L Organized Crime
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Many Italian words have been adopted in other languages, but perhaps none is as widespread as “mafia,” applied to a variety of criminal organizations in every corner of the world. We explore organized crime in Italy from a historical, social, and cultural perspective, tracing its evolution from the 19th century to the present. Our main focus will be the Sicilian Mafia, a pioneer in many ways and model for similar organizations, both in other Italian regions and for the American “Mob,” a direct outgrowth of Sicilian criminal culture and immigration. We analyze how the mafia uses language, with its message systems and “code of silence,” the role of violence, structures of power, social relationships, and the economics of organized crime and its impact on Italian society and politics.
Psychology of Crime
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 305 F
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 348/ CRJU 348 L Psychology of Criminal Behavior
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Why do criminals behave the way they do? How does this behavior impact them as individuals and the society in which they live? We approach these questions and more from developmental, cognitive-behavioral, and other psychological perspectives, with the basic premise that multiple variables, both intrinsic and extrinsic, affect people’s behavior. Topics include criminological theory, biological and psychological models of criminal behavior, crime and mental disorders, human aggression and violence, sexual assault, and criminal homicide. We also examine etiology, risk factors, assessment, and treatment in relation to different typologies of criminal behavior, through the most up-to-date research in the field.
Psychology of Art and Human Creativity
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 320 F
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 221 L Psychology of Art & Human Creativity
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Creativity is universal to our species, and art is one of its most fascinating forms of expression. But while forms of art have existed in all human cultures, what do we really know about creative expression from a psychological perspective? Why drives people to make art? At the intersection of the arts, neuroscience, cognitive studies, psychoanalysis, and cultural and developmental psychology, we look at the psychological processes that underlie human creativity and its expression in various art forms (painting, sculpture, architecture, performance art, dance, music, film, photography) in the context of our cultural and cognitive evolution. Includes experiential workshops, hands-on class activities, a meeting with a local artist, inspiring site visits, and a creative personal project that will be part of a collective exhibition.
Sustainable Food and the New Global Challenge
MON to THU 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: Lecture only, no hands-on component
Course code: ENV 280 T
Dual Listing: IGC 280 T
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 250 L Eco-Gastronomy: Sustainable Food
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Food and culinary culture through the lens of environmental preservation, sustainable agriculture, biological and culinary diversity, and global social justice. Our multidisciplinary approach combines cutting-edge academic research with the traditional, grassroots knowledge of farmers and producers, exploring the nutritional, social, and environmental aspects of food and food systems. What are the big-picture consequences of developing sustainable food sources? Are there any negative effects from an economic perspective? What is the place of individual consumers in today’s global food system, and how can they exercise power and make their choices count?
World Religions
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: REL 210 F
Marist Code/Title: REST 209 L World Religions
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: A historical and cultural survey of the basic teachings and doctrines of the world’s major religious traditions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. For each religion we examine a variety of themes: the nature of our world and the universe; the relationship between the individual and the divine; man’s fate after death; the meaning and goals of worldly life; the importance of worship and rituals; and ethics and human action. Readings include excerpts from the most important texts of each tradition, including the Old and New Testament, the Qur’an, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Tao Te Ching, Chuang-Tzu, Buddhist Sutras, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and the Confucian Canon. Students will also be introduced to the fundamental principles of meditation and its goals.
Yoga: Breathing, Meditation, Spirituality
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES. Mandatory requirement: In order to participate in this course a declaration of good health must be presented during the registration process and before the start of the course
Course code: REL 224 F
Marist Code/Title: REST 215 L Religions of India
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: Yoga is a historical religious phenomenon, a set of physical practices, and a mainstay of modern culture. We explore its roots in ancient India and its discussion in essential texts such as the Upanishad and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, its place in contemporary culture, and its connection to social, political and environmental activism. Yoga is a spiritual, mental, and physical practice, aiming to achieve spiritual union with the divine, inner quiet and focus, and healing and bodily harmony. We explore various breathing (Pranayama) and meditation techniques, along with Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing system and “science of life.” Students are introduced to a wide variety of Yoga styles, such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Yin, Laughter, Restorative, and Bikram, as well as therapies for combatting eating disorders and addiction.
Medieval Civilization and Culture
MON to THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: HIS 212 T
Marist Code/Title: HST 248/ ART 245 L Medieval Civilization and Culture
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tina
Description: Between Constantine’s Edict of Milan in 313 and the rise of humanist culture during the 14th century, Western civilization was profoundly transformed. No stagnant, “dark” age, this period witnessed dynamic, drastic shifts in both values and borders. In political theory and the visual arts, for example, the classical heritage survived and evolved, reinterpreted alongside new and innovative visions. We explore continuity and change in politics, society, economics, and culture through the most important historical, literary, archaeological and artistic sources. Topics include the late Roman Empire and the “barbarian” invasions, monasticism and medieval Christianity, the crusades, the rise of the Italian city-states, the Black Death, the roots of the Renaissance and the evolution of the arts. Includes site visits in and around Florence or Tuscania, depending on course location.
Yoga: Breathing, Meditation, Spirituality
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 102
FULL
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES. Mandatory requirement: In order to participate in this course a declaration of good health must be presented during the registration process and before the start of the course
Course code: REL 224 F
Marist Code/Title: REST 215 L Religions of India
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Puccini
Description: Yoga is a historical religious phenomenon, a set of physical practices, and a mainstay of modern culture. We explore its roots in ancient India and its discussion in essential texts such as the Upanishad and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, its place in contemporary culture, and its connection to social, political and environmental activism. Yoga is a spiritual, mental, and physical practice, aiming to achieve spiritual union with the divine, inner quiet and focus, and healing and bodily harmony. We explore various breathing (Pranayama) and meditation techniques, along with Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing system and “science of life.” Students are introduced to a wide variety of Yoga styles, such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Yin, Laughter, Restorative, and Bikram, as well as therapies for combatting eating disorders and addiction.
Organized Crime: Sociology and History of the Italian Mafia
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: SOC 260 F
Marist Code/Title: SOC 370/CRJU 350 L Organized Crime
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Many Italian words have been adopted in other languages, but perhaps none is as widespread as “mafia,” applied to a variety of criminal organizations in every corner of the world. We explore organized crime in Italy from a historical, social, and cultural perspective, tracing its evolution from the 19th century to the present. Our main focus will be the Sicilian Mafia, a pioneer in many ways and model for similar organizations, both in other Italian regions and for the American “Mob,” a direct outgrowth of Sicilian criminal culture and immigration. We analyze how the mafia uses language, with its message systems and “code of silence,” the role of violence, structures of power, social relationships, and the economics of organized crime and its impact on Italian society and politics.
Organized Crime: Sociology and History of the Italian Mafia
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 102
FULL
Course code: SOC 260 F
Marist Code/Title: SOC 370/CRJU 350 L Organized Crime
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Many Italian words have been adopted in other languages, but perhaps none is as widespread as “mafia,” applied to a variety of criminal organizations in every corner of the world. We explore organized crime in Italy from a historical, social, and cultural perspective, tracing its evolution from the 19th century to the present. Our main focus will be the Sicilian Mafia, a pioneer in many ways and model for similar organizations, both in other Italian regions and for the American “Mob,” a direct outgrowth of Sicilian criminal culture and immigration. We analyze how the mafia uses language, with its message systems and “code of silence,” the role of violence, structures of power, social relationships, and the economics of organized crime and its impact on Italian society and politics.
Organized Crime: Sociology and History of the Italian Mafia
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 103
FULL
Course code: SOC 260 F
Marist Code/Title: SOC 370/CRJU 350 L Organized Crime
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Many Italian words have been adopted in other languages, but perhaps none is as widespread as “mafia,” applied to a variety of criminal organizations in every corner of the world. We explore organized crime in Italy from a historical, social, and cultural perspective, tracing its evolution from the 19th century to the present. Our main focus will be the Sicilian Mafia, a pioneer in many ways and model for similar organizations, both in other Italian regions and for the American “Mob,” a direct outgrowth of Sicilian criminal culture and immigration. We analyze how the mafia uses language, with its message systems and “code of silence,” the role of violence, structures of power, social relationships, and the economics of organized crime and its impact on Italian society and politics.
International Law
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalent; or majors in Legal Studies
Course code: POL 315 T
Marist Code/Title: POLI 310 L : International Law
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Paolo Buzzurro
Description: Healthy international relations hinge on the reciprocal respect of rules, the sum of which constitute what is known as international law. Yet nations are also independent entities, exceedingly prone to acting in their own self-interest. How can international law function effectively when states so often choose to ignore or flagrantly violate its dictates? We explore this group of mutually-agreed-upon rules, the matters they regulate, and their influence on how states conduct both domestic and foreign policy. Topics include the jurisdiction of international law, international organizations (with a focus on the UN), treaties, liability, and crime (such as international terrorism).
Italian Society Today
TUE 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: SOC 286 F
Marist Code/Title: SOC 101 L Intro to Sociology
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Firenze
Description: How Italian society has changed from the end of World War II to the present, with a focus on the last thirty years. We explore the opportunities and challenges that have characterized Italian life during the economic and cultural revival that followed post-war reconstruction. Topics include everyday life, demographics and lifespan, health, gender issues, family, education, religion, politics, legality, business and labor, culture, consumption and leisure, identities and self-perception, urban and rural life, Italian regions and the “southern question,” emigration and immigration, and cultural and religious diversity and integration (European, Mediterranean, global). Crucial knowledge for understanding the present and future of this complex, fascinating country.
Child Psychology
MON to THU 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 210 T
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 317 L Child Development
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Paolo Buzzurro
Description: What do infants know at birth? Is aggressiveness in children inborn or acquired? Are children confused by early exposure to multiple languages? How do you raise an altruistic child? We explore development from the prenatal period through adolescence, examining the major theories, findings, approaches and methods of developmental psychology. How do the biological, cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional spheres each contribute, and how are they related? Given their importance, the domestic and scholastic environments will be analyzed particularly closely. Includes in-person and/or video-based observational exercises involving children, which students will use to design appropriate methods for collecting developmental data and explore the differences between their own and Italian culture.
Creative Writing
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: WRI 150 Writing for College, or equivalent
Course code: WRI 220 F
Marist Code/Title: ENG 280 L : Creative Writing
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Writing
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Explores both the theoretical and practical aspects of creative writing through the basic principles and techniques for producing quality written work. We introduce and explore a variety of writing aids and inspirational exercises to stimulate students’ creativity and pave the way for producing various types of texts. Written work is read out loud and critiqued as a class, enabling students to develop a greater critical awareness of their own writing as well as learn from their peers’ experiences and solutions. Geared toward seriously motivated, self-disciplined students looking to develop their ability to write creatively and effectively. Includes mid-term and final writing projects that reflect the themes and processes discussed during the semester.
Yoga Wellness Workshop: Body and Spirit
MON to THU 9:00 AM-12:40 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: In collaboration with CAMNES. Course with extensive practical activities. Mandatory requirement: In order to participate in this course a declaration of good health must be presented during the registration process and before the start of the course
Course code: REL 221 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: A summer workshop designed to offer an immersive experience in the Yoga tradition. We delve into both the philosophy and practice of Yoga, analyzing its roots in ancient India and selected ancient sacred texts such as the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga sutras, as well as Yoga’s current popularity and place in western culture. Meanwhile, students experience paths to attaining spiritual realization and union with the divine, calming the busy modern mind (mindfulness), and healing and bodily harmony. We explore various breathing (Pranayama) and meditation techniques, along with Yoga’s sister discipline, Ayurveda, a five-thousand-year-old Indian healing system. Daily sessions introduce various schools such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, and Yin, as well as Restorative Yoga and specific therapies to combat eating disorders and addiction.
Creative Writing
MON to THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: WRI 150 Writing for College, or equivalent
Course code: WRI 220 T
Marist Code/Title: ENG 280 L : Creative Writing
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 1 - JUNE
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Writing
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Paolo Buzzurro
Description: Explores both the theoretical and practical aspects of creative writing through the basic principles and techniques for producing quality written work. We introduce and explore a variety of writing aids and inspirational exercises to stimulate students’ creativity and pave the way for producing various types of texts. Written work is read out loud and critiqued as a class, enabling students to develop a greater critical awareness of their own writing as well as learn from their peers’ experiences and solutions. Geared toward seriously motivated, self-disciplined students looking to develop their ability to write creatively and effectively. Includes mid-term and final writing projects that reflect the themes and processes discussed during the semester.
Archaeology Workshop
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES; lab fee required
Course code: ANC 193 F
Dual Listing: ANT 193 F RES 193 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 120L Introduction to Archeology
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Archaeology Lab
Description: A practical introduction to ancient artifact conservation and documentation. At our Archaeology Lab, students gain firsthand experience working with the 2500-year-old artefacts recently unearthed at the Hellenistic necropolis of Bosco della Riserva, near Tuscania in central Italy, part of our ongoing joint excavation with CAMNES. What happens to archaeological finds when they leave the dig site and reach the lab? How are they processed and assembled to help us better understand our ancient past? Under instructor guidance, students learn and participate in the basic steps of restoration, conservation, documentation, study, and storage. This course also provides eligibility for our Tuscania Summer Field School, held directly at one of our active archaeological excavations.
Ancient Rome
MON to THU 4:15 PM-6:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 200 F
Dual Listing: HIS 200 F
Marist Code/Title: HIST 247 L Ancient Rome
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: A comprehensive introduction to ancient Roman civilization, from its origins in the 8th century BCE to its fall 14 centuries later. Through key events and major figures, we explore a variety of themes and methodological issues: the primary sources of ancient history, the political organization of the Roman state, Rome’s territorial expansion and its cultural and administrative influence in subject lands, Roman religion and the spread of Christianity, the end of the Roman world and the rise of new social models, and the historiographical "myth of Rome." Our problem-oriented approach aims to stimulate critical-thinking skills and developing students’ familiarity in working with historically significant primary sources.
Greek and Roman Mythology
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 216 F
Marist Code/Title: ENG 360 L Ancient Greek Literature
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: The stories of Greek and Roman gods and heroes play a fundamental role in the development of Western art and literature, especially after their revival during the Renaissance. They provide a key to understanding not only the ideals and aspirations of the Roman Empire, but modern literature and psychology as well. We examine the major deities of the Greek and Roman pantheon through history, literature and archaeology. How did Greek myths influence the Roman world? What can the Iliad, Odyssey, and Roman foundation myths and sagas tell us about the relationship between myth and history? We also discuss how these myths were represented visually on ancient monuments and everyday objects, and how their stories evolved after the classical period. Includes visits to museums, monuments and/or archaeological sites.
Wine Business & Marketing
THU 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents; or concurrent enrollment in 'Two Italies' program
Course code: BUS 252 T
Dual Listing: IGC 252 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: How is wine sold? Why are certain wines available worldwide, while others remain well-kept secrets? We explore the business and marketing of wine, with a special focus on Italian wines and on the U.S. market. Topics include sourcing, shipment chains and trading channels, and market impact. Includes business simulations and a student-created start-up or marketing project to develop the skills necessary for those interested in working in the wine and beverage industry.
Italian Crime Fiction
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: LIT 220 F
Marist Code/Title: LIT 226 L : Italian Crime Fiction
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Contemporary Italy is “mysterious.” In the mid-twentieth century, Italian writers such as Gadda and Sciascia began integrating features of the crime genre into their novels and short stories to such an extent that the mystery novel became a powerful tool for narrating the Italian experience. By the 1990's, a new generation of writers, including Camilleri, Ammaniti, and Lucarelli, had created the "Italian noir" genre, which aimed to reveal disconcerting truths in a fictional, entertaining framework. We examine some of its most representative works for what they tell us about Italian culture and society. The use of geography, history, politics and language; varying portrayals of criminality and the relationship between citizens and the law; and a comparison of these Italian crime writers and their foreign colleagues.
Archaeology Workshop
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES; lab fee required
Course code: ANT 193 F
Dual Listing: ANC 193 F RES 193 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 120L Introduction to Archeology
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Archaeology Lab
Description: A practical introduction to ancient artifact conservation and documentation. At our Archaeology Lab, students gain firsthand experience working with the 2500-year-old artefacts recently unearthed at the Hellenistic necropolis of Bosco della Riserva, near Tuscania in central Italy, part of our ongoing joint excavation with CAMNES. What happens to archaeological finds when they leave the dig site and reach the lab? How are they processed and assembled to help us better understand our ancient past? Under instructor guidance, students learn and participate in the basic steps of restoration, conservation, documentation, study, and storage. This course also provides eligibility for our Tuscania Summer Field School, held directly at one of our active archaeological excavations.
Social Media Marketing
WED 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or equivalent
Course code: BUS 316 T
Dual Listing: COM 316 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: How can social media be used to sell products? What are winning social media-based marketing strategies, and how do you determine whether or not your approach has been effective? We explore the fundamental marketing concepts relevant to the digital world, and develop the skills needed to create and implement successful new media marketing campaigns, online strategies, and other types of digital-era business operations. The most popular, “best-selling” platforms, the differences between specific media tools and the operations they can be used for, and how they can increase business and engage with online customers. Students develop their understanding of digital tactics and essential know-how to become successful social media managers.
Romeo and Juliet: a Love story across the Arts
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation
Course code: LIT 273 F
Dual Listing: PER 273 F
Marist Code/Title: LIT 273 L Romeo and Juliet
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Fond. Zeffirelli, Piazza S.Firenze 5
Room: Aula 2
Description: Romeo and Juliet are undoubtedly the most famous couple in Western culture. Driven by the fatal attraction that intertwines their destinies, the young star-crossed lovers of Shakespeare’s tragedy symbolize the destructive, yet passionately vital struggle for freedom regardless of social norms and expectations. We explore the universal appeal of this myth as it has been interpreted in diverse genres and media without ever losing its powerful impact: in ballet, through the choreographies and productions based on the scores of Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev; in theatre, with Franco Zeffirelli’s groundbreaking 1960 production at the Old Vic theatre in London; and in film, from West Side Story, the musical loosely based on the original play, to the more faithful versions directed by Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrmann.
Palaces of Florence
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: ART 245 F
Marist Code/Title: ARTL 210 L Palaces of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: What role have private and public palaces played in Florentine life over the centuries? Why were they built in certain areas at certain times, and how did styles change? We examine the function of these buildings in the city’s history between the 13th and 17th century from an interdisciplinary perspective: not only do we explore the development of architectural and artistic styles and the stories of patrons, residents, and architects, but how evolution of these buildings was connected to major social, economic, cultural, and political phenomena over five centuries of Florentine history. Includes visits to a number of the city’s palaces, allowing students to experience and study these spaces firsthand.
Social Media Marketing
WED 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or equivalent
Course code: COM 316 T
Dual Listing: BUS 316 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: How can social media be used to sell products? What are winning social media-based marketing strategies, and how do you determine whether or not your approach has been effective? We explore the fundamental marketing concepts relevant to the digital world, and develop the skills needed to create and implement successful new media marketing campaigns, online strategies, and other types of digital-era business operations. The most popular, “best-selling” platforms, the differences between specific media tools and the operations they can be used for, and how they can increase business and engage with online customers. Students develop their understanding of digital tactics and essential know-how to become successful social media managers.
Florence in the Literary Imagination
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: LIT 275 F
Marist Code/Title: LIT 332 L : Florence in the Literary Imagination
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Why have Tuscany, and Florence in particular, occupied such a unique place in the Anglo-American literary imagination? How have Florentine authors as different as Dante Alighieri and Vasco Pratolini influenced English-language masterpieces? We first examine early Tuscan influences on English literature, then shift our focus to the analysis of travel notes, journals, novels, and poems. Then it’s on to the works of British and American novelists, writers, and poets who drew particular inspiration from the Tuscan and Florentine environment: P.B. Shelley, George Eliot, Elizabeth Browning, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster, Thomas Harris, Magdalen Nabb, John Mortimer, Sarah Dunant, and Salman Rushdie. Particular attention is also given to films drawn from novels set in Florence, such as Eliot’s Romola and Forster’s A Room with a View.
Wine Business & Marketing
MON to THU 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents; or concurrent enrollment in 'Two Italies' program
Course code: BUS 252 F
Dual Listing: IGC 252 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 351 L Wine Business and Marketing
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: How is wine sold? Why are certain wines available worldwide, while others remain well-kept secrets? We explore the business and marketing of wine, with a special focus on Italian wines and on the U.S. market. Topics include sourcing, shipment chains and trading channels, and market impact. Includes business simulations and a student-created start-up or marketing project to develop the skills necessary for those interested in working in the wine and beverage industry.
Sustainable Forest Management
TUE 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: ENV 190 T
Dual Listing: AGR 190 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: Our forests are unique: a symbol of life, and essential to our lives. They provide food, water, renewable energy, shelter, recreation, and inspiration; they are home to countless species of plants and animals, help mitigate climate change, and protect the soil. Our focus will be on temperate forests in particular, such as those in Europe and North America, conditioned by centuries of human settlement and activities. What are their principal characteristics, and how can they be successfully managed and protected to ensure their survival long into the future? Topics include tree biology, forest ecology, tree identification methodologies, and forest harvesting and protection. Field trips and hands-on activities offer students direct experience with how a forest functions, and the strategies for ensuring that it continues to prosper.
The Age of Heroes: The Iliad, the Odyssey, the Aeneid, and the Origins of Western Literature
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: A prior course in Classics, Literature, or Religion.
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: LIT 306 F
Dual Listing: ANC 306 F
Marist Code/Title: LIT 306 / ENG 270 L The Age of Heroes: Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid and the Origins of Western Literature/ Classics of Western Lit
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Marconi
Description: A comparative analysis of some of the oldest, greatest literary works in Western civilization. Using the most significant chapters from the Iliad and the Odyssey, written in the 8th century BCE, we immerse ourselves in the epic, supernatural world of Homer’s heroes, the veritable “bible” of classical civilization. How did the Greeks use myths to express the archetypal values that would become the cornerstones of future generations and civilizations? How did myths function as examples of storytelling prowess, expressions of ancient cultural traditions, and basic forms of communication and instruction? Then we observe the influence of this Greek tradition on the Romans in a selection of passages from the Aeneid, Virgil’s foundational epic from the 1st century BCE.
International Business Negotiation
MON to THU 4:15 PM-6:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 130 Introduction to Business or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents
Course code: BUS 322 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 388 N ST: Conflict Transformation
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Corporate finance from the vantage point of the financial managers responsible for making crucial investment and financing decisions. How do you make effective marketing decisions? What are the keys to incisive operations management? Questions such as these depend in part on corporate finance, which must be well integrated into overall corporate strategy. We investigate such topics as leasing and leveraged buyouts, dividend policies, capital market efficiency, capital budgeting, and financial analysis and forecasting. Examples and case studies are used frequently to illustrate how concepts and theories play out in the real world.
Sustainable Food and the New Global Challenge
WED 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: Lecture only, no hands-on component
Course code: ENV 280 T
Dual Listing: IGC 280 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: Food and culinary culture through the lens of environmental preservation, sustainable agriculture, biological and culinary diversity, and global social justice. Our multidisciplinary approach combines cutting-edge academic research with the traditional, grassroots knowledge of farmers and producers, exploring the nutritional, social, and environmental aspects of food and food systems. What are the big-picture consequences of developing sustainable food sources? Are there any negative effects from an economic perspective? What is the place of individual consumers in today’s global food system, and how can they exercise power and make their choices count?
Italian Literature in Translation: Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedy
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: Junior Standing
Course code: LIT 319 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: This course is an introduction to the work of Italy’s greatest writer and one of the greatest writers in world history, Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), focusing on his masterpiece, the Commedia (or the Divine Comedy). Dante was Florentine, of course, active in its civic and cultural life as a young man, then exiled for political reasons and condemned to death in exile, after which he was a bitter political opponent of Florence for the rest of his life. Reading Dante is therefore a great window into the political, cultural, and religious life of Florence in the late medieval period. The course will be conducted in English, and all reading material will be in English, though virtually all of it will be available in facing-page editions with Italian on one side and English on the other. No prior knowledge of Italian is needed or expected for the course, though of course everyone in the class will be immersed in the Italian-language environment of Florence and therefore will have a growing understanding of Italian as the semester continues.
Luxury Brand Management
MON to THU 4:15 PM-6:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing or FAS 215 Fashion Marketing or equivalents, or Business, Management, Marketing or Merchandising majors of junior standing
Course code: BUS 352 F
Dual Listing: FAS 352 F
Marist Code/Title: FASH 455 N Global Merchandising
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Luxury brand management is both a concept and a global reality, representing a multi-billion-dollar market of goods and services. How has it developed over time? What are its political, economic and social aspects, and how does it relate to design, pop culture and the arts? Through a range of case studies and products in the fashion sector and beyond, we explore the challenges of building, protecting and strengthening a luxury brand, as well as its economic management and distribution. We also trace the evolution of luxury brand identities in terms of key concepts such as desire, status, exclusivity, supply and demand, consumption, and value, to understand how luxury brands resist global economic recession.
The Cradle of Renaissance: Florence in Literature, Art and Architecture
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: Junior Standing
Course code: LIT 322
Dual Listing: ART 322 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: The Italian Renaissance created much of the modern world as we know it today, and Florence from 1250 to 1550 was the cradle of the Renaissance. This course is an introduction to the art and literature of the Florentine Renaissance: we will read work by Boccaccio, Machiavelli, Castiglione and Michelangelo, see much of the great art in Florence focusing on lesser-visited museums and monuments, and read Vasari's lives of many of the key artists. The course will be conducted in English, and all readings will be in English. No prior background in either literature or art history is required or expected, just a willingness to explore the living laboratory of Florence and all of the cultural wonders created in it.
Italian Grand Tour: Italy through the Eyes of Famous Travellers
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: LIT 350 F
Marist Code/Title: LIT 333 L Italian Grand Tour
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Marco Polo
Description: Was the Grand Tour mere tourism for Europe’s elite, or did it have a deeper significance? What can it tell us about the Italy of the time, and about the “tourists” themselves? We explore the memoirs, letters, and diaries of some of the most famous artists, writers, and intellectuals who traveled through and lived in Italy between the 18th and 20th centuries, shedding light on the history, works of art, monuments, and local folkloristic events of the main Grand Tour destinations: Venice, Florence, and Rome. We also discuss the contrasts and contradictions between the often-idealized descriptions and landscapes, and the negative views expressed with regard to the Italian people, then compare these with 21st-century foreigners’ ideas of Italy.
Love and Natural Selection: Science and Myth
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: GND 280 F
Dual Listing: PSY 280 F
Marist Code/Title: BIOL 232 L Sex, Evolution & Behavior
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Darwin’s On the Origin of Species triggered a profound intellectual revolution in both the natural and social sciences. The scientist’s theory of natural selection had a deep impact on countless issues related to our understanding of religion, gender, race, and human behavior. But how well do we really know Darwin’s work and the conclusions that have been drawn from it? We examine the essential principles of Darwin's theory, then dive into the theoretical bases of modern evolutionary biology and some of the most popular (and controversial) theories of evolutionary psychology, concerning human reproduction, gender, love relationships, and beauty. How have post-Darwinian evolutionary ideas – and eugenics in particular – developed, and what do they tell us about the flaws in popular scientific thinking and the potential limits of the scientific method and its culture?
Ancient Rome
MON to THU 4:15 PM-6:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: HIS 200 F
Dual Listing: ANC 200 F
Marist Code/Title: HIST 247 L Ancient Rome
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: A comprehensive introduction to ancient Roman civilization, from its origins in the 8th century BCE to its fall 14 centuries later. Through key events and major figures, we explore a variety of themes and methodological issues: the primary sources of ancient history, the political organization of the Roman state, Rome’s territorial expansion and its cultural and administrative influence in subject lands, Roman religion and the spread of Christianity, the end of the Roman world and the rise of new social models, and the historiographical "myth of Rome." Our problem-oriented approach aims to stimulate critical-thinking skills and developing students’ familiarity in working with historically significant primary sources.
Italian Grand Tour: Italy through the Eyes of Famous Travellers
TUE 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: LIT 350 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: Was the Grand Tour mere tourism for Europe’s elite, or did it have a deeper significance? What can it tell us about the Italy of the time, and about the “tourists” themselves? We explore the memoirs, letters, and diaries of some of the most famous artists, writers, and intellectuals who traveled through and lived in Italy between the 18th and 20th centuries, shedding light on the history, works of art, monuments, and local folkloristic events of the main Grand Tour destinations: Venice, Florence, and Rome. We also discuss the contrasts and contradictions between the often-idealized descriptions and landscapes, and the negative views expressed with regard to the Italian people, then compare these with 21st-century foreigners’ ideas of Italy.
Italian Crime Fiction
MON to THU 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: LIT 220 F
Marist Code/Title: LIT 226 L : Italian Crime Fiction
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: Contemporary Italy is “mysterious.” In the mid-twentieth century, Italian writers such as Gadda and Sciascia began integrating features of the crime genre into their novels and short stories to such an extent that the mystery novel became a powerful tool for narrating the Italian experience. By the 1990's, a new generation of writers, including Camilleri, Ammaniti, and Lucarelli, had created the "Italian noir" genre, which aimed to reveal disconcerting truths in a fictional, entertaining framework. We examine some of its most representative works for what they tell us about Italian culture and society. The use of geography, history, politics and language; varying portrayals of criminality and the relationship between citizens and the law; and a comparison of these Italian crime writers and their foreign colleagues.
Love and Natural Selection: Science and Myth
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: PSY 280 F
Dual Listing: GND 280 F
Marist Code/Title: BIOL 232 L Sex, Evolution & Behavior
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Darwin’s On the Origin of Species triggered a profound intellectual revolution in both the natural and social sciences. The scientist’s theory of natural selection had a deep impact on countless issues related to our understanding of religion, gender, race, and human behavior. But how well do we really know Darwin’s work and the conclusions that have been drawn from it? We examine the essential principles of Darwin's theory, then dive into the theoretical bases of modern evolutionary biology and some of the most popular (and controversial) theories of evolutionary psychology, concerning human reproduction, gender, relationships, and beauty. How have post-Darwinian evolutionary ideas – and eugenics in particular – developed, and what do they tell us about the flaws in popular scientific thinking and the potential limits of the scientific method and its culture?
Psychology of Art and Human Creativity
MON to THU 1:15 PM-3:45 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 320 F
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 221 L Psychology of Art & Human Creativity
Site: Florence
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Creativity is universal to our species, and art is one of its most fascinating forms of expression. But while forms of art have existed in all human cultures, what do we really know about creative expression from a psychological perspective? Why drives people to make art? At the intersection of the arts, neuroscience, cognitive studies, psychoanalysis, and cultural and developmental psychology, we look at the psychological processes that underlie human creativity and its expression in various art forms (painting, sculpture, architecture, performance art, dance, music, film, photography) in the context of our cultural and cognitive evolution. Includes experiential workshops, hands-on class activities, a meeting with a local artist, inspiring site visits, and a creative personal project that will be part of a collective exhibition.
Social Psychology
MON 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 200 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: How do we think about, influence, and relate to other people? What is the role of others in forming our perception of ourselves, our attitudes, and the degree to which we obey rules and generally conform? We explore human social behavior through the field’s major theories, findings, approaches, and methods, emphasizing an interpersonal perspective. Specific topics include attribution theory, causes of prejudice and aggression and methods for reducing them, altruism, development of gender roles, stereotypes, and nonverbal behavior. We also make use of our Italian setting to compare and contrast the influence of different cultures on individual and group behavior.
Wine Business & Marketing
MON to THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents; or concurrent enrollment in 'Two Italies' program
Course code: BUS 252 T
Dual Listing: IGC 252 T
Marist Code/Title: BUS 351 L Wine Business and Marketing
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Paolo Buzzurro
Description: How is wine sold? Why are certain wines available worldwide, while others remain well-kept secrets? We explore the business and marketing of wine, with a special focus on Italian wines and on the U.S. market. Topics include sourcing, shipment chains and trading channels, and market impact. Includes business simulations and a student-created start-up or marketing project to develop the skills necessary for those interested in working in the wine and beverage industry.
Yoga: Breathing, Meditation, Spirituality
THU 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES. Mandatory requirement: In order to participate in this course a declaration of good health must be presented during the registration process and before the start of the course
Course code: REL 224 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Artemisia
Description: Yoga is a historical religious phenomenon, a set of physical practices, and a mainstay of modern culture. We explore its roots in ancient India and its discussion in essential texts such as the Upanishad and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, its place in contemporary culture, and its connection to social, political and environmental activism. Yoga is a spiritual, mental, and physical practice, aiming to achieve spiritual union with the divine, inner quiet and focus, and healing and bodily harmony. We explore various breathing (Pranayama) and meditation techniques, along with Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing system and “science of life.” Students are introduced to a wide variety of Yoga styles, such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Yin, Laughter, Restorative, and Bikram, as well as therapies for combatting eating disorders and addiction.
Sustainable Forest Management
MON to THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: ENV 190 T
Dual Listing: AGR 190 T
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 290 L Sustainable Forest Management
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tina
Description: Our forests are unique: a symbol of life, and essential to our lives. They provide food, water, renewable energy, shelter, recreation, and inspiration; they are home to countless species of plants and animals, help mitigate climate change, and protect the soil. Our focus will be on temperate forests in particular, such as those in Europe and North America, conditioned by centuries of human settlement and activities. What are their principal characteristics, and how can they be successfully managed and protected to ensure their survival long into the future? Topics include tree biology, forest ecology, tree identification methodologies, and forest harvesting and protection. Field trips and hands-on activities offer students direct experience with how a forest functions, and the strategies for ensuring that it continues to prosper.
Creative Writing
WED 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: WRI 150 Writing for College, or equivalent
Course code: WRI 220 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Writing
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Explores both the theoretical and practical aspects of creative writing through the basic principles and techniques for producing quality written work. We introduce and explore a variety of writing aids and inspirational exercises to stimulate students’ creativity and pave the way for producing various types of texts. Written work is read out loud and critiqued as a class, enabling students to develop a greater critical awareness of their own writing as well as learn from their peers’ experiences and solutions. Geared toward seriously motivated, self-disciplined students looking to develop their ability to write creatively and effectively. Includes mid-term and final writing projects that reflect the themes and processes discussed during the semester.
Sustainable Italy: Environmental Awareness and Ecotourism
MON to THU 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Course code: ENV 238 T
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 101 L Intro to Environmental Issues
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Environmental Studies and Geography
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Sustainable practices represent an incredible opportunity for “ecotourism,” which aims to attract visitors and provide them with accommodations and activities that don’t exploit or damage the environment. We look at how problems of natural resources management can be transformed into exciting new possibilities, and the importance of raising awareness of this potential for economic gain via environmental preservation and revival. Focusing particularly on Italy and Tuscany, we explore the range of ecosystem services (support, provisioning, regulating, cultural activities) that can stimulate local economies while protecting our natural heritage. A multidisciplinary perspective combines classroom learning, research, and fieldwork to expose students to the fascinating complexity of the environment and the possibilities for a more sustainable future.
Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
MON to FRI 2:00 PM-4:45 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 215 F
Dual Listing: HIS 215 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 233 L Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 42
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Florence’s ancient past, from the city’s origins to the end of the Roman Empire. Roman Florentia gradually emerges before our eyes in the texts of ancient and medieval authors and the archaeological evidence displayed in local museums or only recently unearthed. How did the urban space develop, and what patterns can we identify as we locate the main temples and sacred spaces, the public buildings and private residences? How did the presence of “barbarian” rulers impact the evolution of the ancient city and its territory? We also discuss the city in the context of more general topics in Roman civilization, including its art, architecture, infrastructure and lifestyle. Visits to Florence’s National Archeological Museum and little-known archaeological sites offer unique, firsthand access to the city’s past.
Art History II: High Renaissance to the Present
MON to FRI 9:00 AM-11:45 AM
Section: 401
OPEN
Course code: ART 186 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 180 L : History of Western Art II
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 42
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: A survey of the visual arts in Western Europe from the early 16th century to the present. We familiarize ourselves with the most important changes in artistic taste and style, and get to know the major painters, sculptors and architects and their principal work and themes. To better understand the visual arts and their impact on society over time, we also explore the major historical, philosophical, and cultural changes and contexts of the period. Our focus is on interpreting subjects and symbols, identifying different artistic techniques and styles, and recognizing the role of public and private patrons. Onsite teaching gives students firsthand access to major works of art and architecture, making their study all the more meaningful. An introduction to the discipline and a springboard to a greater appreciation of art and further studies in the field.
Italian Renaissance Civilization and Culture
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: HIS 130 Western Civilization, or equivalent
Course code: HIS 300 T
Marist Code/Title: HST 253 L Italian Renaissance Civilization and Culture
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: “Man is the measure of all things.” In this credo lay the core of the humanist thinking of the Renaissance, an age that exalted human capabilities and produced stunning achievements. We explore the artistic, literary, and political accomplishments of one of the most remarkable and vibrant periods in Italian history. What was the role of the Classical past for Renaissance thinkers and creators? How did the various Italian courts promote this unique culture and worldview? We focus on prominent figures who marked this era in a variety of fields: the prominent Medici, Sforza, and Della Rovere families, artists and architects like Brunelleschi, Alberti, Leonardo and Michelangelo, writers, poets, and philosophers such as Dante, Petrarch, Boccaccio, Pico della Mirandola, and Machiavelli, and merchants, bankers, and courtiers.
Palaces of Florence
MON to FRI 9:00 AM-11:45 AM
Section: 401
OPEN
Course code: ART 245 F
Marist Code/Title: ARTL 210 L Palaces of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 42
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Palladio
Description: What role have private and public palaces played in Florentine life over the centuries? Why were they built in certain areas at certain times, and how did styles change? We examine the function of these buildings in the city’s history between the 13th and 17th century from an interdisciplinary perspective: not only do we explore the development of architectural and artistic styles and the stories of patrons, residents, and architects, but how evolution of these buildings was connected to major social, economic, cultural, and political phenomena over five centuries of Florentine history. Includes visits to a number of the city’s palaces, allowing students to experience and study these spaces firsthand.
Principles of Marketing
MON to FRI 9:00 AM-11:45 AM
Section: 401
OPEN
Course code: BUS 210 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 210 N Principles of Marketing
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 42
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: What makes marketing such a dynamic and exciting field? What can good marketing give to a company, and how can it help overcome the challenges businesses face on an everyday basis? We explore marketing’s essential principles and concepts, as well as the true nature and scope of marketing management. Topics include marketing strategy, the 4 P’s, market planning, retailing and wholesaling, target marketing, market segmentation, and services marketing. We also discuss marketing’s strategic importance to any organization, whether it be a for-profit commercial enterprise or a non-profit or charitable entity.
International Business
MON to FRI 2:00 PM-4:45 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Course code: BUS 250 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 42
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: Which are the key characteristics and features of the EU business environment? How can you analyse the main opportunities and challenges to which companies and firms operating within it are exposed? In this course we will analyse and review aspects related to the history and development of the EU, and its business environment, such as the history and development of European integration, the characteristics of the European business arena, European economics, finance and funding mechanisms, the 'Europeanization' of business environment and management, and Marketing in Europe. As second step, we will exploit Italy as a case study to illustrate the main opportunities and challenges related to doing business in a foreign Country. In particular, after an overview of the main characteristics of the Italian Business Culture and how it has been shaped by the Italian history, we will focus on the analysis of the following areas: How to start a business in Italy, Hiring and managing staff in Italy, The taxation system in Italy, Protecting the intellectual property in Italy and the importance of Italian business in the European context, especially with reference to SMEs.
Wine Business & Marketing
MON to FRI 2:00 PM-4:45 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents; or concurrent enrollment in 'Two Italies' program
Course code: BUS 252 F
Dual Listing: IGC 252 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 351 N Wine Business and Marketing
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 42
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: How is wine sold? Why are certain wines available worldwide, while others remain well-kept secrets? We explore the business and marketing of wine, with a special focus on Italian wines and on the U.S. market. Topics include sourcing, shipment chains and trading channels, and market impact. Includes business simulations and a student-created start-up or marketing project to develop the skills necessary for those interested in working in the wine and beverage industry.
Intercultural Communication
MON to FRI 2:00 PM-4:45 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing
Course code: COM 306 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 325 L Intercultural Communication
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 42
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: Even a common language is no guarantee of effective communication. What are the major obstacles to conveying effective messages across cultural lines, and what strategies and methods can overcome these obstacles? We explore the fundamental patterns in cross-cultural psychology and communication, analyzing how people manage to (or not to) understand each other in individual, group, and intercultural scenarios. Topics include the influence of culture on personal identity, common communication difficulties, communicative roles, differing conceptions of personal space (proxemics), rituals, message patterns, clothing, myths, ideologies, and the mass media’s influence on cross-cultural representations of reality.
Love and Natural Selection: Science and Myth
MON to FRI 2:00 PM-4:45 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Course code: GND 280 F
Dual Listing: PSY 280 F
Marist Code/Title: BIOL 232 L Sex, Evolution & Behavior
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 42
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Darwin’s On the Origin of Species triggered a profound intellectual revolution in both the natural and social sciences. The scientist’s theory of natural selection had a deep impact on countless issues related to our understanding of religion, gender, race, and human behavior. But how well do we really know Darwin’s work and the conclusions that have been drawn from it? We examine the essential principles of Darwin's theory, then dive into the theoretical bases of modern evolutionary biology and some of the most popular (and controversial) theories of evolutionary psychology, concerning human reproduction, gender, love relationships, and beauty. How have post-Darwinian evolutionary ideas – and eugenics in particular – developed, and what do they tell us about the flaws in popular scientific thinking and the potential limits of the scientific method and its culture?
Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
MON to FRI 2:00 PM-4:45 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: HIS 215 F
Dual Listing: ANC 215 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 233 L Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Florence’s ancient past, from the city’s origins to the end of the Roman Empire. Roman Florentia gradually emerges before our eyes in the texts of ancient and medieval authors and the archaeological evidence displayed in local museums or only recently unearthed. How did the urban space develop, and what patterns can we identify as we locate the main temples and sacred spaces, the public buildings and private residences? How did the presence of “barbarian” rulers impact the evolution of the ancient city and its territory? We also discuss the city in the context of more general topics in Roman civilization, including its art, architecture, infrastructure and lifestyle. Visits to Florence’s National Archeological Museum and little-known archaeological sites offer unique, firsthand access to the city’s past.
Introduction to Ethics
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: PHI 170 F
Marist Code/Title: PHIL 200 L Ethics
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Machiavelli
Description: Ethics are the moral principles on the basis of which we decide how to act in a given situation. But on what theories or beliefs are our ethics founded? How have ideas about ethics changed over time? Key topics include the role of reason and emotion, gender, local vs. universal ethics, ethics and human rights, individual vs. community well-being, fundamental rights and duties, virtue and character, and the limits of rationality. We also examine specific case studies consider pressing questions of international scope, such as responsibilities towards foreigners/immigrants, climate change, and foreign military intervention. Students focus on either a particular ethical or meta-ethical question (Should we preserve the wilderness? Are ethics grounded in emotions?) or other approved topic, conduct research, then present their findings in an oral presentation and research paper.
The Well Examined Life: Key Western Philosophers
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: PHI 185 F
Marist Code/Title: PHIL 101 L Philosoophical Perspectives
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Machiavelli
Description: An introduction to the methods, content, and questions of philosophy, through the evolution of the main schools of Western thought. We focus on the fundamental thinkers and concerns from the early Middle Ages to the beginning of the Scientific Revolution: How did the key ideas of ancient Greek and Roman and early Christian philosophers influence their medieval and early modern successors? What was Catholicism’s impact on philosophy and vice versa, especially in the Italian tradition? In exploring these questions, we look at the life and most important works of, among others, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Dante, Petrarch, Marsilio Ficino, Pico della Mirandola, Machiavelli, Giordano Bruno, and Galileo Galilei.
Logical, Critical, and Creative: The Power of Reason
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: PHI 225 F
Marist Code/Title: PHIL 203 L Intro to Logic
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Marconi
Description: Logic is essential in academics, and vital in daily life. How do you devise arguments to convince others? What skills can help you assess those made by others, including the increasingly intrusive advertising characteristic of the digital age? We analyze sources in a wide variety of media while exploring the tools for logical thinking and sound reasoning, learning to construct well-reasoned arguments on a variety of topics, such as immigration, art, animal rights and robotics. Covers both traditional logic and modern logical concepts and techniques: structuring arguments, how to distinguish between arguments/non-arguments and deductive/inductive arguments, and how to evaluate them in terms of validity, strength, soundness, and cogency. Other topics include formal logic, categorical propositions, syllogisms, propositional and predicate logic, and how to use truth tables.
Italy's Contribution to Modern Science
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: PHI 281 F
Dual Listing: HIS 281 F
Marist Code/Title: HIST 281/ PHIL 281 L Italy's Contribution to Modern Science
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: An introduction to the foundational principles and theories and major historic developments in a variety of scientific disciplines, with a focus on the most important contributions of Italian intellectuals and scientists. We cover a chronological period stretching from the early modern era to the present, examining how monumental figures such as Fibonacci, Galileo, Malpighi, Fermi, and others have contributed to advances in scientific thought and knowledge in fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy. How have they been influenced by historical events and pre-existing belief systems? We focus particularly on these scientists’ contribution to developing “purely” scientific methodologies, as well as the ethical framework related to scientific research and experimentation.
International Law
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalent; or majors in Legal Studies
Course code: POL 315 T
Marist Code/Title: POLI 310 L : International Law
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: Healthy international relations hinge on the reciprocal respect of rules, the sum of which constitute what is known as international law. Yet nations are also independent entities, exceedingly prone to acting in their own self-interest. How can international law function effectively when states so often choose to ignore or flagrantly violate its dictates? We explore this group of mutually-agreed-upon rules, the matters they regulate, and their influence on how states conduct both domestic and foreign policy. Topics include the jurisdiction of international law, international organizations (with a focus on the UN), treaties, liability, and crime (such as international terrorism).
Social Psychology
MON to THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 200 T
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 220 L : Social Psychology
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: How do we think about, influence, and relate to other people? What is the role of others in forming our perception of ourselves, our attitudes, and the degree to which we obey rules and generally conform? We explore human social behavior through the field’s major theories, findings, approaches, and methods, emphasizing an interpersonal perspective. Specific topics include attribution theory, causes of prejudice and aggression and methods for reducing them, altruism, development of gender roles, stereotypes, and nonverbal behavior. We also make use of our Italian setting to compare and contrast the influence of different cultures on individual and group behavior.
Yoga: Breathing, Meditation, Spirituality
MON to THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 301
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES. Mandatory requirement: In order to participate in this course a declaration of good health must be presented during the registration process and before the start of the course
Course code: REL 224 T
Marist Code/Title: REST 215 L Religions of India
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Artemisia
Description: Yoga is a historical religious phenomenon, a set of physical practices, and a mainstay of modern culture. We explore its roots in ancient India and its discussion in essential texts such as the Upanishad and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, its place in contemporary culture, and its connection to social, political and environmental activism. Yoga is a spiritual, mental, and physical practice, aiming to achieve spiritual union with the divine, inner quiet and focus, and healing and bodily harmony. We explore various breathing (Pranayama) and meditation techniques, along with Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing system and “science of life.” Students are introduced to a wide variety of Yoga styles, such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Yin, Laughter, Restorative, and Bikram, as well as therapies for combatting eating disorders and addiction.
Travel Writing
MON to THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 301
OPEN
Prerequisites: WRI 150 Writing for College, or equivalent
Course code: WRI 290 T
Marist Code/Title: ENG 245 L Travel Writing
Site: Tuscania
Session: SUMMER 2 - JULY
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Writing
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Historically, Italy has been an incredibly potent source of inspiration for writers and poets from around the world. Countless novels, stories, and poems have sprung from their authors’ travels and experiences in the bel paese. We explore the art and craft of travel writing with a particular emphasis on Italian cities, though our minds and pens will also wander to other real and imagined worlds. Visits to sites of historic, artistic, and cultural importance in and around Florence, along with a selection of the best in world travel literature, provide us with inspiration and models. We then use a series of guided exercises and assignments to explore and practice firsthand the distinctive qualities of travel writing–its combination of history, culture, information, musings, and memory–and how it can lead to a deeper understanding of our own experiences and cultural identity.
Sustainability: Science, Political Economy and Business
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science or BUS 140 Introduction to Economics, or equivalents
Course code: POL 259 F
Dual Listing: BUS 259 F
Marist Code/Title: MGMT 259 N Sustain: Sci, Political Econ & Bus
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: The word “sustainability” seems to be everywhere these days. But how has this concept evolved over time? What are the fundamental ideas and theories that support it, and what are its scientific, technological, and economic dimensions? In examining these questions, we look closely at the roles of various stakeholders, such as governments, NGOs and businesses, in promoting a more sustainable society. There are also those who have opposed or impeded sustainable practices, and we explore how they have done so and their reasons, both stated and otherwise. Students develop their own sustainability-based project concerning a specific field of their choice.
Archaeology Workshop
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES; lab fee required
Course code: ANC 193 F
Dual Listing: ANT 193 F RES 193 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 120L Introduction to Archeology
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Archaeology Lab
Description: A practical introduction to ancient artifact conservation and documentation. At our Archaeology Lab, students gain firsthand experience working with the 2500-year-old artefacts recently unearthed at the Hellenistic necropolis of Bosco della Riserva, near Tuscania in central Italy, part of our ongoing joint excavation with CAMNES. What happens to archaeological finds when they leave the dig site and reach the lab? How are they processed and assembled to help us better understand our ancient past? Under instructor guidance, students learn and participate in the basic steps of restoration, conservation, documentation, study, and storage. This course also provides eligibility for our Tuscania Summer Field School, held directly at one of our active archaeological excavations.
The European Union
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: POL 281 F
Marist Code/Title: POLI 300 L European Union
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Machiavelli
Description: Europe has pioneered international regional integration and collective sovereignty. We track the E.U.’s development from the aftermath of World War II to its 2004 expansion into Central and Eastern Europe and the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty in 2009, exploring the nature and unique characteristics of European integration. First we review the ideas, events, and actors that contributed to the foundation of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) and European Economic Community (EEC), and the latter’s subsequent enlargement from 6 to 27 countries. Then, following an in-depth look at E.U. institutions and policies, particularly the crucial years from 1985 to 1993, we reflect on three major questions facing the E.U. in the new millennium: What is the E.U.’s identity as a political subject? What is its purpose? What role should it assume in a global world?
Ancient Rome
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 200 F
Dual Listing: HIS 200 F
Marist Code/Title: HIST 247 L Ancient Rome
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 42
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: A comprehensive introduction to ancient Roman civilization, from its origins in the 8th century BCE to its fall 14 centuries later. Through key events and major figures, we explore a variety of themes and methodological issues: the primary sources of ancient history, the political organization of the Roman state, Rome’s territorial expansion and its cultural and administrative influence in subject lands, Roman religion and the spread of Christianity, the end of the Roman world and the rise of new social models, and the historiographical "myth of Rome." Our problem-oriented approach aims to stimulate critical-thinking skills and developing students’ familiarity in working with historically significant primary sources.
Italian Grand Tour: Italy through the Eyes of Famous Travellers
MON to FRI 2:00 PM-4:45 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Course code: LIT 350 F
Marist Code/Title: LIT 333 L Italian Grand Tour
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 42
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: Was the Grand Tour mere tourism for Europe’s elite, or did it have a deeper significance? What can it tell us about the Italy of the time, and about the “tourists” themselves? We explore the memoirs, letters, and diaries of some of the most famous artists, writers, and intellectuals who traveled through and lived in Italy between the 18th and 20th centuries, shedding light on the history, works of art, monuments, and local folkloristic events of the main Grand Tour destinations: Venice, Florence, and Rome. We also discuss the contrasts and contradictions between the often-idealized descriptions and landscapes, and the negative views expressed with regard to the Italian people, then compare these with 21st-century foreigners’ ideas of Italy.
Participation, Empowerment, and Social Change
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: POL 283 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Marconi
Description: Empowerment is intimately connected to citizens’ participation in the shaping of public policies. Individuals and groups that are aware of their own power and capabilities are more effective in making their voices heard about issues that affect and matter to them, whether it’s real estate speculation, public safety, or fair pay. We explore the main theories and models, as well as practical examples, of direct democracy and individual and group empowerment. How is empowerment related to conflict resolution? Which tools and techniques are most useful in mobilizing people to take an active role in civic life, thus making sure that democracy isn’t participatory in name only? An important focus will be recent developments in web-based participation (use of social media, flash mobs, etc.). Includes hands-on experience with empowerment techniques and relevant role-playing exercises.
Greek and Roman Mythology
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 216 F
Marist Code/Title: ENG 360 L Ancient Greek Literature
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Puccini
Description: The stories of Greek and Roman gods and heroes play a fundamental role in the development of Western art and literature, especially after their revival during the Renaissance. They provide a key to understanding not only the ideals and aspirations of the Roman Empire, but modern literature and psychology as well. We examine the major deities of the Greek and Roman pantheon through history, literature and archaeology. How did Greek myths influence the Roman world? What can the Iliad, Odyssey, and Roman foundation myths and sagas tell us about the relationship between myth and history? We also discuss how these myths were represented visually on ancient monuments and everyday objects, and how their stories evolved after the classical period. Includes visits to museums, monuments and/or archaeological sites.
Beyond Modern Capitalism: Rethinking the Global Socio-Economic Order
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalent. Recommended: BUS 140 Introduction to Economics, or equivalent
Course code: POL 286 F
Dual Listing: BUS 286 F
Marist Code/Title: MGMT 286 N Beyond Modern Capitalism
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: How has the current socio-economic order come to be? What are its origins, its most important developments, and what, if any, are the alternatives? With a critical, multidisciplinary approach, we examine the role of political, economic and social elements and forces in the evolution of the current capitalist system, fleshing out both its positive and negative aspects. We look at whether capitalism has a “sustainable” future, and investigate the feasibility of alternate models: would they be more capable of satisfying socio-economic needs in fair and equitable ways?
Co(ok)quinarius: Ancient Sources of Italian Cuisine
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: lecture with practical cooking component. Lab fee required. May not be suitable for students with allergies or intolerances (i.e., gluten, etc.)
Course code: ANC 264 F
Dual Listing: IGC 264 F ANT 264 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 264 L Co(ok)quinarius Ancient Sources of Italian Cuisine
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Artusi
Description: In the fascinating setting of Florence’s Central Market, a hands–on exploration of the ancient Mediterranean’s major culinary cultures–the forerunners of modern Italian cuisine. Making use of the tools of experimental archaeology, we prepare and taste ancient Etruscan, Greek, Roman and Near Eastern dishes and explore the distinction between how food was consumed, and how it was used symbolically. Topics include the social dimensions of food, a history of specific commodities, everyday eating habits and etiquette, and culinary rituals and taboos. Students also develop the manual skills associated with food preparation.
International Politics
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: POL 288 F
Marist Code/Title: POSC 113 L International Relation
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Tiziano
Description: The fundamental concepts of international politics, and the most important events in the world of international relations from the Peace of Westphalia (1648) to the present. Why should we care about what goes on at the United Nations? Why is it important that even small nations have a forum in which to make their voices heard? We outline the main differences between the traditional nation-state system and the present global order, highlighting the growing importance of international organizations and their role in promoting peace, democracy, and human rights. What is the role of international law and diplomacy? How has globalization affected processes of regional integration and international economic organizations? How are international relationships affected by questions such as war, terrorism, and migration?
Anthropology of Fashion and Desirability: Beyond the Catwalk
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: ANT 185 F
Dual Listing: FAS 185 F
Marist Code/Title: FASH 254 L Anthropology of Fashion and Desirability
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: What can anthropological methods tell us about fashion? How are beauty, gender, and the body constructed through clothing design and visual culture? How do ancient artifacts influence designers? What is the relationship between fashion and art? Ever since fashion became the subject of academic study in the 1980s, these questions and more have come to the forefront, and their answers continue to challenge us on a daily basis. We explore anthropology’s contribution to the study of fashion as an academic discipline, and to our understanding of it as a cultural expression. Key topics include the construction of meaning in fashion and visual culture, and the interaction of fashion with material culture through the production and consumption of “fashion objects.”
International Conflict Resolution
MON 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: POL 292 F
Marist Code/Title: POLI 223 / SOC 336 L Social Inequality / International Conflict Resolution
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: How are violent international conflicts guided and transformed toward peace? What are the major concepts and theories that govern intervention in such situations, and how do they play out on the ground? The importance of international conflict resolution in recent years has made it the subject of intense debate, and we examine the new roles and tasks that have emerged for international organizations such as the UN and OSCE, as well as the increasing importance of “second-track” citizens’ diplomacy and third-party non-violent intervention. In the case of Italy, we explore the importance of Catholicism and a long tradition of local self-government in shaping peace organizations and mobilizing city and regional governments and NGOs to contribute to international peace and development initiatives.
Anthropology of Fashion and Desirability: Beyond the Catwalk
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 102
FULL
Course code: ANT 185 F
Dual Listing: FAS 185 F
Marist Code/Title: FASH 254 L Anthropology of Fashion and Desirability
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: What can anthropological methods tell us about fashion? How are beauty, gender, and the body constructed through clothing design and visual culture? How do ancient artifacts influence designers? What is the relationship between fashion and art? Ever since fashion became the subject of academic study in the 1980s, these questions and more have come to the forefront, and their answers continue to challenge us on a daily basis. We explore anthropology’s contribution to the study of fashion as an academic discipline, and to our understanding of it as a cultural expression. Key topics include the construction of meaning in fashion and visual culture, and the interaction of fashion with material culture through the production and consumption of “fashion objects.”
International Politics
MON to FRI 9:00 AM-11:45 AM
Section: 401
OPEN
Course code: POL 288 F
Marist Code/Title: POSC 113 L International Relation
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 42
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: The fundamental concepts of international politics, and the most important events in the world of international relations from the Peace of Westphalia (1648) to the present. Why should we care about what goes on at the United Nations? Why is it important that even small nations have a forum in which to make their voices heard? We outline the main differences between the traditional nation-state system and the present global order, highlighting the growing importance of international organizations and their role in promoting peace, democracy, and human rights. What is the role of international law and diplomacy? How has globalization affected processes of regional integration and international economic organizations? How are international relationships affected by questions such as war, terrorism, and migration?
War and the Media
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: COM 180 Mass Communication, or HIS 130 Western Civilization, or POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalents
Course code: POL 301 F
Dual Listing: COM 301 F
Marist Code/Title: CLDM 311 L War and Media
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Verdi
Description: Does the media influence military decision-making? How do government officials use information channels to influence public opinion and justify their actions? Can the news be “managed”? We explore the media’s role in military conflict and media-related strategies in the context of key later-20th-century international conflicts. The proliferation of satellite technologies, international TV networks such as CNN and Al Jazeera, and Internet; still vs. moving images; journalists and journalistic conventions; press conferences, briefings, and official statements; war in movies and art; the media gap between "North" and "South" and the emergence of "non-Western" media; and the spread of ethnic conflicts and terrorism and the increasingly asymmetric nature of war.
Archaeology Workshop
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES; lab fee required
Course code: ANT 193 F
Dual Listing: ANC 193 F RES 193 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 120L Introduction to Archeology
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Archaeology Lab
Description: A practical introduction to ancient artifact conservation and documentation. At our Archaeology Lab, students gain firsthand experience working with the 2500-year-old artefacts recently unearthed at the Hellenistic necropolis of Bosco della Riserva, near Tuscania in central Italy, part of our ongoing joint excavation with CAMNES. What happens to archaeological finds when they leave the dig site and reach the lab? How are they processed and assembled to help us better understand our ancient past? Under instructor guidance, students learn and participate in the basic steps of restoration, conservation, documentation, study, and storage. This course also provides eligibility for our Tuscania Summer Field School, held directly at one of our active archaeological excavations.
Love and Natural Selection: Science and Myth
MON to FRI 2:00 PM-4:45 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Course code: PSY 280 F
Dual Listing: GND 280 F
Marist Code/Title: BIOL 232 L Sex, Evolution & Behavior
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Darwin’s On the Origin of Species triggered a profound intellectual revolution in both the natural and social sciences. The scientist’s theory of natural selection had a deep impact on countless issues related to our understanding of religion, gender, race, and human behavior. But how well do we really know Darwin’s work and the conclusions that have been drawn from it? We examine the essential principles of Darwin's theory, then dive into the theoretical bases of modern evolutionary biology and some of the most popular (and controversial) theories of evolutionary psychology, concerning human reproduction, gender, relationships, and beauty. How have post-Darwinian evolutionary ideas – and eugenics in particular – developed, and what do they tell us about the flaws in popular scientific thinking and the potential limits of the scientific method and its culture?
International Law
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalent; or majors in Legal Studies
Course code: POL 315 F
Marist Code/Title: POLI 310 L : International Law
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: Healthy international relations hinge on the reciprocal respect of rules, the sum of which constitute what is known as international law. Yet nations are also independent entities, exceedingly prone to acting in their own self-interest. How can international law function effectively when states so often choose to ignore or flagrantly violate its dictates? We explore this group of mutually-agreed-upon rules, the matters they regulate, and their influence on how states conduct both domestic and foreign policy. Topics include the jurisdiction of international law, international organizations (with a focus on the UN), treaties, liability, and crime (such as international terrorism).
Italian Identity Across Food and Culture
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: lecture only, no hands-on cooking component
Course code: ANT 198 F
Dual Listing: IGC 198 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 119 L Food and Culture
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Firenze
Description: You may be what you eat, but why do you eat the way you do? Why do people make different food choices in their daily lives? What makes certain social classes avoid or value certain types of foods? Food is an important factor in how we define ourselves: people’s attitude toward it can reveal not just personal characteristics, but a broader food ideology. We explore the relationships between food’s multiple meanings and the physical acts of cooking and eating, and how food influences personal and group identity. The role of food in constructing ethnic identity, displaying religious beliefs and negotiating gender roles, and food’s ability to transmit and preserve cultures and values.
Archaeology Workshop
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES; lab fee required
Course code: ANC 193 F
Dual Listing: ANT 193 F RES 193 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 120L Introduction to Archeology
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Archaeology Lab
Description: A practical introduction to ancient artifact conservation and documentation. At our Archaeology Lab, students gain firsthand experience working with the 2500-year-old artefacts recently unearthed at the Hellenistic necropolis of Bosco della Riserva, near Tuscania in central Italy, part of our ongoing joint excavation with CAMNES. What happens to archaeological finds when they leave the dig site and reach the lab? How are they processed and assembled to help us better understand our ancient past? Under instructor guidance, students learn and participate in the basic steps of restoration, conservation, documentation, study, and storage. This course also provides eligibility for our Tuscania Summer Field School, held directly at one of our active archaeological excavations.
Co(ok)quinarius: Ancient Sources of Italian Cuisine
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: lecture with practical cooking component. Lab fee required. May not be suitable for students with allergies or intolerances (i.e., gluten, etc.)
Course code: ANT 264 F
Dual Listing: ANC 264 F IGC 264 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 264 L Co(ok)quinarius Ancient Sources of Italian Cuisine
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Artusi
Description: In the fascinating setting of Florence’s Central Market, a hands–on exploration of the ancient Mediterranean’s major culinary cultures–the forerunners of modern Italian cuisine. Making use of the tools of experimental archaeology, we prepare and taste ancient Etruscan, Greek, Roman and Near Eastern dishes and explore the distinction between how food was consumed, and how it was used symbolically. Topics include the social dimensions of food, a history of specific commodities, everyday eating habits and etiquette, and culinary rituals and taboos. Students also develop the manual skills associated with food preparation.
Ancient Rome
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 200 F
Dual Listing: HIS 200 F
Marist Code/Title: HIST 247 L Ancient Rome
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: A comprehensive introduction to ancient Roman civilization, from its origins in the 8th century BCE to its fall 14 centuries later. Through key events and major figures, we explore a variety of themes and methodological issues: the primary sources of ancient history, the political organization of the Roman state, Rome’s territorial expansion and its cultural and administrative influence in subject lands, Roman religion and the spread of Christianity, the end of the Roman world and the rise of new social models, and the historiographical "myth of Rome." Our problem-oriented approach aims to stimulate critical-thinking skills and developing students’ familiarity in working with historically significant primary sources.
Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 215 F
Dual Listing: HIS 215 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 233 L Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Marconi
Description: Florence’s ancient past, from the city’s origins to the end of the Roman Empire. Roman Florentia gradually emerges before our eyes in the texts of ancient and medieval authors and the archaeological evidence displayed in local museums or only recently unearthed. How did the urban space develop, and what patterns can we identify as we locate the main temples and sacred spaces, the public buildings and private residences? How did the presence of “barbarian” rulers impact the evolution of the ancient city and its territory? We also discuss the city in the context of more general topics in Roman civilization, including its art, architecture, infrastructure and lifestyle. Visits to Florence’s National Archeological Museum and little-known archaeological sites offer unique, firsthand access to the city’s past.
Greek and Roman Mythology
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 216 F
Marist Code/Title: ENG 360 L Ancient Greek Literature
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Marconi
Description: The stories of Greek and Roman gods and heroes play a fundamental role in the development of Western art and literature, especially after their revival during the Renaissance. They provide a key to understanding not only the ideals and aspirations of the Roman Empire, but modern literature and psychology as well. We examine the major deities of the Greek and Roman pantheon through history, literature and archaeology. How did Greek myths influence the Roman world? What can the Iliad, Odyssey, and Roman foundation myths and sagas tell us about the relationship between myth and history? We also discuss how these myths were represented visually on ancient monuments and everyday objects, and how their stories evolved after the classical period. Includes visits to museums, monuments and/or archaeological sites.
Introduction to Psychology
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: PSY 150 F
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 101 L : Introduction to Psychology
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Puccini
Description: Explores the major areas of psychology and the scientific and non-scientific approaches to investigating psychological phenomena. We take a critical look at the most up-to-date research and theoretical debate, discussing topics such as anthropological assumptions and implications, deontology, sensation and perception, cognitive processes, consciousness, language, learning, personality, development, and psychopathology. For each, we examine the principal theories from diverse perspectives (e.g., biological, behavioral, cognitive, and psychodynamic). We also familiarize ourselves with different types of scientific research (e.g., experiments, correlational research, review, meta-analysis) and the typical structure of a research paper (introduction, method, results, discussion, limitations, and implications).
Co(ok)quinarius: Ancient Sources of Italian Cuisine
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: lecture with practical cooking component. Lab fee required. May not be suitable for students with allergies or intolerances (i.e., gluten, etc.)
Course code: ANC 264 F
Dual Listing: IGC 264 F ANT 264 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 264 L Co(ok)quinarius Ancient Sources of Italian Cuisine
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via dell’Ariento 10/14
Room: CUCINA Lab
Description: In the fascinating setting of Florence’s Central Market, a hands–on exploration of the ancient Mediterranean’s major culinary cultures–the forerunners of modern Italian cuisine. Making use of the tools of experimental archaeology, we prepare and taste ancient Etruscan, Greek, Roman and Near Eastern dishes and explore the distinction between how food was consumed, and how it was used symbolically. Topics include the social dimensions of food, a history of specific commodities, everyday eating habits and etiquette, and culinary rituals and taboos. Students also develop the manual skills associated with food preparation.
Social Psychology
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 200 F
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 220 L : Social Psychology
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: How do we think about, influence, and relate to other people? What is the role of others in forming our perception of ourselves, our attitudes, and the degree to which we obey rules and generally conform? We explore human social behavior through the field’s major theories, findings, approaches, and methods, emphasizing an interpersonal perspective. Specific topics include attribution theory, causes of prejudice and aggression and methods for reducing them, altruism, development of gender roles, stereotypes, and nonverbal behavior. We also make use of our Italian setting to compare and contrast the influence of different cultures on individual and group behavior.
Magic, Divination, and Ghosts in the Ancient World
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 288 F
Dual Listing: REL 288 F
Marist Code/Title: REL 216 L Ancient Greek Religion
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Puccini
Description: In ancient cultures, the supernatural was everywhere. How did people make contact with and represent spirits, specters, the afterlife and the netherworld, and how did these practices evolve across time and space? Our focus will be on the various aspects of magic and sorcery, including shamanism, divination, necromancy (evoking the dead), and curses (namely binding and love curses). We also examine the subject of the “restless dead” (i.e. ghosts), a privileged medium that ancient people believed allowed them to communicate with the world beyond the grave. Sources include reproductions of ancient magical papyri and cursed tablets. Comparisons of ancient beliefs and practices with those of more modern cultures and folklore.
Child Psychology
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 210 F
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 317 L Child Development
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: What do infants know at birth? Is aggressiveness in children inborn or acquired? Are children confused by early exposure to multiple languages? How do you raise an altruistic child? We explore development from the prenatal period through adolescence, examining the major theories, findings, approaches and methods of developmental psychology. How do the biological, cognitive, linguistic, social and emotional spheres each contribute, and how are they related? Given their importance, the domestic and scholastic environments will be analyzed particularly closely. Includes in-person and/or video-based observational exercises involving children, which students will use to design appropriate methods for collecting developmental data and explore the differences between their own and Italian culture.
History of Architecture
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: ART 165 F
Marist Code/Title: ARTL 110 L History of Architecture
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Firenze
Description: The major periods and key monuments in Western architecture from antiquity to the present. Our chronological focuses include the Classical period, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Modernism, and recent developments in contemporary artistic expression. We examine representative monuments and architects from every major period, including masters such as Ictinus, Brunelleschi, Borromini and Le Corbusier. How did architects’ concepts of beauty and their strategies for realizing their visions change, both within their own lives and from one period to another? Topics include architectural typologies, materials and construction technology, theory, city planning, and cultural contexts. Includes visits to pertinent examples of urban architecture from various periods.
The Age of Heroes: The Iliad, the Odyssey, the Aeneid, and the Origins of Western Literature
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: A prior course in Classics, Literature, or Religion.
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 306 F
Dual Listing: LIT 306 F
Marist Code/Title: LIT 306 / ENG 270 L The Age of Heroes: Iliad, Odyssey, Aeneid and the Origins of Western Literature/ Classics of Western Lit
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Marconi
Description: A comparative analysis of some of the oldest, greatest literary works in Western civilization. Using the most significant chapters from the Iliad and the Odyssey, written in the 8th century BCE, we immerse ourselves in the epic, supernatural world of Homer’s heroes, the veritable “bible” of classical civilization. How did the Greeks use myths to express the archetypal values that would become the cornerstones of future generations and civilizations? How did myths function as examples of storytelling prowess, expressions of ancient cultural traditions, and basic forms of communication and instruction? Then we observe the influence of this Greek tradition on the Romans in a selection of passages from the Aeneid, Virgil’s foundational epic from the 1st century BCE.
Love and Natural Selection: Science and Myth
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: PSY 280 F
Dual Listing: GND 280 F
Marist Code/Title: BIOL 232 L Sex, Evolution & Behavior
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Machiavelli
Description: Darwin’s On the Origin of Species triggered a profound intellectual revolution in both the natural and social sciences. The scientist’s theory of natural selection had a deep impact on countless issues related to our understanding of religion, gender, race, and human behavior. But how well do we really know Darwin’s work and the conclusions that have been drawn from it? We examine the essential principles of Darwin's theory, then dive into the theoretical bases of modern evolutionary biology and some of the most popular (and controversial) theories of evolutionary psychology, concerning human reproduction, gender, relationships, and beauty. How have post-Darwinian evolutionary ideas – and eugenics in particular – developed, and what do they tell us about the flaws in popular scientific thinking and the potential limits of the scientific method and its culture?
Art History I: Antiquity to Early Renaissance
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: ART 180 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 160 L History of Western Art I
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: How did the visual arts in Western Europe change between ancient Greece and the end of the Middle Ages? What parts of this artistic heritage did the Renaissance masters revive and transform, and what did they discard? We get to know the principal painters, sculptors and architects, their major works, dominant themes and motifs, and the historical, philosophical and cultural contexts so essential to understanding the visual arts and their impact. Topics include the interpretation of subject and symbols, artistic techniques and styles, and public and private patronage. Onsite teaching offers students the incomparable experience of studying masterpieces firsthand. An introduction to the field that aims to foster an appreciation of art history and lay the foundations for further study.
Anthropology of Fashion and Desirability: Beyond the Catwalk
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: ANT 185 F
Dual Listing: FAS 185 F
Marist Code/Title: FASH 254 L Anthropology of Fashion and Desirability
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Marconi
Description: What can anthropological methods tell us about fashion? How are beauty, gender, and the body constructed through clothing design and visual culture? How do ancient artifacts influence designers? What is the relationship between fashion and art? Ever since fashion became the subject of academic study in the 1980s, these questions and more have come to the forefront, and their answers continue to challenge us on a daily basis. We explore anthropology’s contribution to the study of fashion as an academic discipline, and to our understanding of it as a cultural expression. Key topics include the construction of meaning in fashion and visual culture, and the interaction of fashion with material culture through the production and consumption of “fashion objects.”
Psychology of Crime
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 305 F
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 348/ CRJU 348 L Psychology of Criminal Behavior
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Why do criminals behave the way they do? How does this behavior impact them as individuals and the society in which they live? We approach these questions and more from developmental, cognitive-behavioral, and other psychological perspectives, with the basic premise that multiple variables, both intrinsic and extrinsic, affect people’s behavior. Topics include criminological theory, biological and psychological models of criminal behavior, crime and mental disorders, human aggression and violence, sexual assault, and criminal homicide. We also examine etiology, risk factors, assessment, and treatment in relation to different typologies of criminal behavior, through the most up-to-date research in the field.
Art History II: High Renaissance to the Present
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: ART 186 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 180 L : History of Western Art II
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: A survey of the visual arts in Western Europe from the early 16th century to the present. We familiarize ourselves with the most important changes in artistic taste and style, and get to know the major painters, sculptors and architects and their principal work and themes. To better understand the visual arts and their impact on society over time, we also explore the major historical, philosophical, and cultural changes and contexts of the period. Our focus is on interpreting subjects and symbols, identifying different artistic techniques and styles, and recognizing the role of public and private patrons. Onsite teaching gives students firsthand access to major works of art and architecture, making their study all the more meaningful. An introduction to the discipline and a springboard to a greater appreciation of art and further studies in the field.
Archaeology Workshop
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES; lab fee required
Course code: ANT 193 F
Dual Listing: ANC 193 F RES 193 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 120L Introduction to Archeology
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Archaeology Lab
Description: A practical introduction to ancient artifact conservation and documentation. At our Archaeology Lab, students gain firsthand experience working with the 2500-year-old artefacts recently unearthed at the Hellenistic necropolis of Bosco della Riserva, near Tuscania in central Italy, part of our ongoing joint excavation with CAMNES. What happens to archaeological finds when they leave the dig site and reach the lab? How are they processed and assembled to help us better understand our ancient past? Under instructor guidance, students learn and participate in the basic steps of restoration, conservation, documentation, study, and storage. This course also provides eligibility for our Tuscania Summer Field School, held directly at one of our active archaeological excavations.
Psychology of Art and Human Creativity
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 320 F
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 221 L Psychology of Art & Human Creativity
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Creativity is universal to our species, and art is one of its most fascinating forms of expression. But while forms of art have existed in all human cultures, what do we really know about creative expression from a psychological perspective? Why drives people to make art? At the intersection of the arts, neuroscience, cognitive studies, psychoanalysis, and cultural and developmental psychology, we look at the psychological processes that underlie human creativity and its expression in various art forms (painting, sculpture, architecture, performance art, dance, music, film, photography) in the context of our cultural and cognitive evolution. Includes experiential workshops, hands-on class activities, a meeting with a local artist, inspiring site visits, and a creative personal project that will be part of a collective exhibition.
Art History II: High Renaissance to the Present
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 102
FULL
Course code: ART 186 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 180 L : History of Western Art II
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: A survey of the visual arts in Western Europe from the early 16th century to the present. We familiarize ourselves with the most important changes in artistic taste and style, and get to know the major painters, sculptors and architects and their principal work and themes. To better understand the visual arts and their impact on society over time, we also explore the major historical, philosophical, and cultural changes and contexts of the period. Our focus is on interpreting subjects and symbols, identifying different artistic techniques and styles, and recognizing the role of public and private patrons. Onsite teaching gives students firsthand access to major works of art and architecture, making their study all the more meaningful. An introduction to the discipline and a springboard to a greater appreciation of art and further studies in the field.
Co(ok)quinarius: Ancient Sources of Italian Cuisine
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: lecture with practical cooking component. Lab fee required. May not be suitable for students with allergies or intolerances (i.e., gluten, etc.)
Course code: ANT 264 F
Dual Listing: ANC 264 F IGC 264 F
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 264 L Co(ok)quinarius Ancient Sources of Italian Cuisine
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via dell’Ariento 10/14
Room: CUCINA Lab
Description: In the fascinating setting of Florence’s Central Market, a hands–on exploration of the ancient Mediterranean’s major culinary cultures–the forerunners of modern Italian cuisine. Making use of the tools of experimental archaeology, we prepare and taste ancient Etruscan, Greek, Roman and Near Eastern dishes and explore the distinction between how food was consumed, and how it was used symbolically. Topics include the social dimensions of food, a history of specific commodities, everyday eating habits and etiquette, and culinary rituals and taboos. Students also develop the manual skills associated with food preparation.
Introduction to Neuroscience
THU 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: Enrollment is restricted to Science or Psychology majors only. Grade of C or higher in General Biology I with Laboratory, or equivalent
Notes: check exact requirements in catalogue
Course code: PSY 360 F
Dual Listing: BIO 360 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: This course provides a study of the organization and function of the human nervous system and brain. Students will gain an understanding of the physiological properties of neurons, examine the structure and the function of the system’s brain that serves the senses and commands voluntary movements. Particular emphasis will be given to the neurology of human behavior including motivation, sex, emotion, sleep, language, attention and mental illness. Students will also explore how the environment modifies the brain. Through a field trip to a neuroscientific laboratory, the students will be introduced to the main Neuroscience techniques aimed at studying the brain’s plasticity. Specific attendance and grading policies apply.
Physics in the Arts
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: ART 216 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 216 L Physics in the Arts
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Firenze
Description: Introduction to the physics of sound and light, with applications to music and visual arts: sound perception, harmony, musical scales, instruments, lenses, cameras, color perception and mixing. This course presents science through art and art through science. The wisdom and perfection that underlie the structure and the laws of the universe have inspired generations of artists especially in the Renaissance. Leonardo da Vinci epitomized the Renaissance man – a creative artist who painted Mona Lisa, an architect, an inventor and an investigative scientist of the natural world – who made no distinction between these roles. Science and Art are two different faces of the same coin, and many scientists and artists have the common aim of describing nature. This course is a wonderful insight into how science and art are deeply interconnected. It shows us how scientific principles are used in art and how art is hidden in science. The course uses algebra and geometry; intended primarily for non-science majors.
World Religions
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: REL 210 F
Marist Code/Title: REST 209 L World Religions
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Marco Polo
Description: A historical and cultural survey of the basic teachings and doctrines of the world’s major religious traditions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. For each religion we examine a variety of themes: the nature of our world and the universe; the relationship between the individual and the divine; man’s fate after death; the meaning and goals of worldly life; the importance of worship and rituals; and ethics and human action. Readings include excerpts from the most important texts of each tradition, including the Old and New Testament, the Qur’an, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Tao Te Ching, Chuang-Tzu, Buddhist Sutras, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and the Confucian Canon. Students will also be introduced to the fundamental principles of meditation and its goals.
The World of Museums: Museology
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: ART 230 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 290 L World of Museums
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: An integrated approach to museum theory and practice. How have “the museum” and the practices associated with such a place changed over the centuries? We examine the ways and the reasons people have gathered together beautiful, precious, and bizarre objects in a variety of places, and the challenges of assembling collections for world-famous museums such as the Uffizi and the Louvre. Why is our cultural heritage of such value to society, and what are the legal and ethical issues involved in its preservation? Topics also include methods of research and documentation, cataloging, display, basic communication techniques, the museum as an educational space, preventive and remedial conservation, environmental monitoring and control, and safety and storage. Specific focus on Italian and Florentine museums, which students visit and analyze according to the most innovative museological theory and practices.
Yoga: Breathing, Meditation, Spirituality
TUE 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES. Mandatory requirement: In order to participate in this course a declaration of good health must be presented during the registration process and before the start of the course
Course code: REL 224 F
Marist Code/Title: REST 215 L Religions of India
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Caravaggio
Description: Yoga is a historical religious phenomenon, a set of physical practices, and a mainstay of modern culture. We explore its roots in ancient India and its discussion in essential texts such as the Upanishad and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, its place in contemporary culture, and its connection to social, political and environmental activism. Yoga is a spiritual, mental, and physical practice, aiming to achieve spiritual union with the divine, inner quiet and focus, and healing and bodily harmony. We explore various breathing (Pranayama) and meditation techniques, along with Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing system and “science of life.” Students are introduced to a wide variety of Yoga styles, such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Yin, Laughter, Restorative, and Bikram, as well as therapies for combatting eating disorders and addiction.
Palaces of Florence
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: ART 245 F
Marist Code/Title: ARTL 210 L Palaces of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: What role have private and public palaces played in Florentine life over the centuries? Why were they built in certain areas at certain times, and how did styles change? We examine the function of these buildings in the city’s history between the 13th and 17th century from an interdisciplinary perspective: not only do we explore the development of architectural and artistic styles and the stories of patrons, residents, and architects, but how evolution of these buildings was connected to major social, economic, cultural, and political phenomena over five centuries of Florentine history. Includes visits to a number of the city’s palaces, allowing students to experience and study these spaces firsthand.
Yoga: Breathing, Meditation, Spirituality
MON 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 202
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES. Mandatory requirement: In order to participate in this course a declaration of good health must be presented during the registration process and before the start of the course
Course code: REL 224 F
Marist Code/Title: REST 215 L Religions of India
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Caravaggio
Description: Yoga is a historical religious phenomenon, a set of physical practices, and a mainstay of modern culture. We explore its roots in ancient India and its discussion in essential texts such as the Upanishad and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, its place in contemporary culture, and its connection to social, political and environmental activism. Yoga is a spiritual, mental, and physical practice, aiming to achieve spiritual union with the divine, inner quiet and focus, and healing and bodily harmony. We explore various breathing (Pranayama) and meditation techniques, along with Ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing system and “science of life.” Students are introduced to a wide variety of Yoga styles, such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Yin, Laughter, Restorative, and Bikram, as well as therapies for combatting eating disorders and addiction.
Palaces of Florence
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 102
FULL
Course code: ART 245 F
Marist Code/Title: ARTL 210 L Palaces of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Puccini
Description: What role have private and public palaces played in Florentine life over the centuries? Why were they built in certain areas at certain times, and how did styles change? We examine the function of these buildings in the city’s history between the 13th and 17th century from an interdisciplinary perspective: not only do we explore the development of architectural and artistic styles and the stories of patrons, residents, and architects, but how evolution of these buildings was connected to major social, economic, cultural, and political phenomena over five centuries of Florentine history. Includes visits to a number of the city’s palaces, allowing students to experience and study these spaces firsthand.
The Holocaust: Jewish and Christian Responses
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: REL 235 F
Dual Listing: HIS 235 F
Marist Code/Title: HST 256 L The Holocaust: Jewish and Christian Responses
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: An introduction to the Holocaust, its causes, its legacy, and its implications. What role did Christian anti-Judaism play in the Nazi rise to power and the "Final Solution"? How did the Vatican and world Jewry react to the racist policies and violence of Europe’s Fascist regimes, and why? We examine a series of accounts of life in the Nazi-controlled Jewish ghettos and death camps to try to understand what happened and how it was possible, then look at the efforts of particular Christian and Jewish communities to remember and learn from the Holocaust and how best to represent those events today. With a special focus on the Italian Jewish experience leading up to and during the Holocaust, including the rise of Fascism in Italy and the Racial Laws it eventually produced.
Lifestyle in Renaissance Florence
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: ART 280 F
Dual Listing: HIS 280 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 275 L Lifestyle in Renaissance Florence
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: The social, economic, political, and artistic life of Renaissance Florence, and its close ties to the fortune and fortunes of a group of elite families: the Medici, Rucellai, Strozzi, and Pitti. To get an idea of what life was like, at least for some, in the Renaissance city, we examine their art and artistic objects such as wedding chests and other furniture, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, and coats of arms. What can art and material culture tell us about everyday life, and at the same time, what are its limits? Through the lens of these families and the history of their public and private lives, we shed light on a series of characteristics that not only distinguished the Florence of the past, but in some ways still does, as some of these families still play an active role in the city’s life.
Magic, Divination, and Ghosts in the Ancient World
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: REL 288 F
Dual Listing: ANC 288 F
Marist Code/Title: REL 216 L Ancient Greek Religion
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Puccini
Description: In ancient cultures, the supernatural was everywhere. How did people make contact with and represent spirits, specters, the afterlife and the netherworld, and how did these practices evolve across time and space? Our focus will be on the various aspects of magic and sorcery, including shamanism, divination, necromancy (evoking the dead), and curses (namely binding and love curses). We also examine the subject of the “restless dead” (i.e. ghosts), a privileged medium that ancient people believed allowed them to communicate with the world beyond the grave. Sources include reproductions of ancient magical papyri and cursed tablets. Comparisons of ancient beliefs and practices with those of more modern cultures and folklore.
Women Artists: From the Renaissance to the Present
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 180 Art History I, or ART 186 Art History II, or equivalent
Course code: ART 281 F
Dual Listing: GND 281 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 382 L ST: Women Artists
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Despite women’s active role in the art world for centuries, we tend to identify them more as patrons, muses and models than as artists. Bucking this trend, we explore the extraordinary contribution of female artists to Western art history, and how they have shaped the evolution of artistic language from the Renaissance to today. A critical analysis and contextualization of artists such as Plautilla Nelli, Artemisia Gentileschi, Sofonisba Anguissola, Rosalba Carriera, Berthe Morisot, Tamara de Lempicka, Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman, and Marina Abramovic, whose works will be analyzed in their historical and socio-cultural context, as well as in a larger art-historical perspective, allows students to appreciate how female artists have gained increasing prominence in the art world in recent centuries, and grapple with the question of whether art by women possesses exclusive qualities absent from work by their male counterparts.
Contemporary Architecture
MON 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 165 History of Architecture, or equivalent
Course code: ART 286 F
Dual Listing: ARC 286 F
Marist Code/Title: ARCH 120 L Contemporary Architecture
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Calvino
Description: Major developments in architecture, interior design, and city planning from 1960 to the present, with a particular focus on the last two decades. How has contemporary architecture reflected changes in broader society and culture? We discuss the most important debates concerning aesthetics and theory, including the controversies surround the supposed “decline” of modernism. Students also familiarize themselves with key architects and studios, and how they have distinguished themselves and innovated with respect to their predecessors. While our perspective is global, our emphasis remains European, and on Italy in particular.
Museum/Gallery Internship
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Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) Art History / Museum Studies majors of sophomore standing; 2) concurrent enrollment in a course in the same field; 3) Italian fluency is recommended, but not required
Notes: min. 135 hrs INTERNSHIP. Placement opportunities are limited, especially for students who lack Italian language skills. Admission contingent on the student's CV, two reference letters, formal letter of intent (due by application deadline), onsite interview and Italian language placement test. Final placement may be determined upon Italian language ability. Student taking an internship must retain full-time status, with a minimum of 15 credits per semester.
Course code: ART 360 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 266 L Museum Experience
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 135
Premises: Piazza S. Firenze, 5
Room: External
Description: A hands-on, professional experience in cultural mediation and museum education. Interns observe how collections are managed at their host institution, conduct individual research, participate in giving guided tours and in organizing events and activities. Monitoring is carried out by an onsite supervisor and a faculty member. Grades reflect weekly reports, two papers, and an overall evaluation. 10-12 hours weekly at internship site; schedules and onsite duties may vary. Museum and gallery internships require some Saturday hours. Held in either Florence or Rome. Note: Places are limited, especially for students without Italian language skills. Application requirements: CV, two letters of reference, a formal letter of intent. Supporting documentation must be submitted by application deadline, and acceptance is subject to an onsite interview during the first week of the term and an Italian language placement test.
Contemporary Art
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 186 Art History II, or equivalent
Course code: ART 375 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 350 L Contemporary Art
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Pollock, Rothko, Dubuffet, Rauschenberg, Giacometti, Bacon, Warhol, Morris, Kosuth, Abramovic, Richter, Basquiat, Hirst, Banksy: a wide-ranging exploration of the most significant figures and stylistic trends in late 20th-century art. We investigate the interdisciplinary nature of the contemporary art world, firmly placing artistic production in its social, political and philosophical context, and examine how contemporary artistic languages and the art business interrelate. Topics include Abstract Expressionism, Informal art, Neo-Dada, Minimalism, Site-Specific Art, Conceptualism, Neo-Expressionism, and Graffiti and Street Art. Develops students’ aptitude for independent, critical thinking and research.
Art History I: Antiquity to Early Renaissance
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: ART 180 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 160 L History of Western Art I
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: How did the visual arts in Western Europe change between ancient Greece and the end of the Middle Ages? What parts of this artistic heritage did the Renaissance masters revive and transform, and what did they discard? We get to know the principal painters, sculptors and architects, their major works, dominant themes and motifs, and the historical, philosophical and cultural contexts so essential to understanding the visual arts and their impact. Topics include the interpretation of subject and symbols, artistic techniques and styles, and public and private patronage. Onsite teaching offers students the incomparable experience of studying masterpieces firsthand. An introduction to the field that aims to foster an appreciation of art history and lay the foundations for further study.
Principles of Microeconomics
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: Mathematical aptitude is required
Course code: BUS 178 F
Marist Code/Title: ECON 103 L Principles of Microeconomics
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: How do individuals and businesses “behave” economically? How do the markets work? Economic analysis is an essential tool for understanding social phenomena, and we look at the basics of economic ways of thinking, with the help of economic theory and specific analytical methods and assumptions. We explore microeconomic languages, methods and modeling; the production process and market strategies for individual businesses; consumer theory and how economists model individual behavior; and how the competitive and non-competitive markets works. Case studies and the analysis of specific economic policies relevant to our more general topics provide useful context and show how theory works on the ground. Useful for students in the applied social sciences, and an essential foundation for further studies in Economics and Business.
Art History II: High Renaissance to the Present
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: ART 186 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 180 L : History of Western Art II
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: A survey of the visual arts in Western Europe from the early 16th century to the present. We familiarize ourselves with the most important changes in artistic taste and style, and get to know the major painters, sculptors and architects and their principal work and themes. To better understand the visual arts and their impact on society over time, we also explore the major historical, philosophical, and cultural changes and contexts of the period. Our focus is on interpreting subjects and symbols, identifying different artistic techniques and styles, and recognizing the role of public and private patrons. Onsite teaching gives students firsthand access to major works of art and architecture, making their study all the more meaningful. An introduction to the discipline and a springboard to a greater appreciation of art and further studies in the field.
Foundations of Management
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: BUS 195 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 195 N Foundations of Management
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Managers are the decision-makers. But based on what do they make those decisions? Designed to provide core concepts and terminology for those with no prior background in business management and an interest in further studies in the field. We explore what managers do, and how planning, organizing, directing and controlling can, if done properly, work synergistically toward the same goals. Key concepts are approached first in theoretical terms; then we look at how theory applies to the practical problems managers face on a day-to-day basis.
The Built Environment of Florence
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: ART 201 F
Dual Listing: ARC 201 F
Marist Code/Title: ARCH 180 L The Built Environment of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Machiavelli
Description: The architectural history of Florence is remarkable to say the least. We survey the evolution of the city’s built environment from its origins to the present day, with a particular focus on the period between the Middle Ages and the late Renaissance (11th-17th century). How have architectural style and city planning changed, as revealed in Florence’s buildings, city walls, streets and squares? What was the relationship of the city’s physical growth to its exceptional economic, cultural, and artistic ascent in its historical prime, and to developments in the rest of Europe generally? Numerous site visits allow students to compare historical and scholarly sources with the physical evidence, and learn to “read” the stylistic as well as the material and socio-cultural histories of buildings and spaces.
Principles of Marketing
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: BUS 210 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 210 N Principles of Marketing
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: What makes marketing such a dynamic and exciting field? What can good marketing give to a company, and how can it help overcome the challenges businesses face on an everyday basis? We explore marketing’s essential principles and concepts, as well as the true nature and scope of marketing management. Topics include marketing strategy, the 4 P’s, market planning, retailing and wholesaling, target marketing, market segmentation, and services marketing. We also discuss marketing’s strategic importance to any organization, whether it be a for-profit commercial enterprise or a non-profit or charitable entity.
20th Century Design and Architecture
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: ART 202 F
Dual Listing: ARC 202 F
Marist Code/Title: ITDS 150 / ARCH 140 L History of Interior Design
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: An introduction to the tools and methods for understanding and recognizing choices and style in architectural design, in both interior and exterior settings. We explore the work of the 19th and early 20th-century masters (up to c. 1960) who expressed their talents and aesthetic vision from the small scale of objects and interiors to the grand ideas of entire buildings, neighborhoods and cities. Given the close relationship between interior design, object design and architecture, we examine the history of these three fields beginning with the Industrial Revolution. How did politics, economics and scientific and technological discoveries impact society, art, and architecture? What drove innovation in materials and aesthetics in the past, and how has this process changed in today’s world?
Wine Business & Marketing
WED 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or BUS 130 Introduction to Business, or BUS 195 Foundations of Management, or equivalents; or concurrent enrollment in 'Two Italies' program
Course code: BUS 252 F
Dual Listing: IGC 252 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 351 L Wine Business and Marketing
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Firenze
Description: How is wine sold? Why are certain wines available worldwide, while others remain well-kept secrets? We explore the business and marketing of wine, with a special focus on Italian wines and on the U.S. market. Topics include sourcing, shipment chains and trading channels, and market impact. Includes business simulations and a student-created start-up or marketing project to develop the skills necessary for those interested in working in the wine and beverage industry.
The World of Museums: Museology
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: ART 230 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 290 L World of Museums
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: An integrated approach to museum theory and practice. How have “the museum” and the practices associated with such a place changed over the centuries? We examine the ways and the reasons people have gathered together beautiful, precious, and bizarre objects in a variety of places, and the challenges of assembling collections for world-famous museums such as the Uffizi and the Louvre. Why is our cultural heritage of such value to society, and what are the legal and ethical issues involved in its preservation? Topics also include methods of research and documentation, cataloging, display, basic communication techniques, the museum as an educational space, preventive and remedial conservation, environmental monitoring and control, and safety and storage. Specific focus on Italian and Florentine museums, which students visit and analyze according to the most innovative museological theory and practices.
Sustainability: Science, Political Economy and Business
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science or BUS 140 Introduction to Economics, or equivalents
Course code: BUS 259 F
Dual Listing: POL 259 F
Marist Code/Title: MGMT 259 N Sustain: Sci, Political Econ & Bus
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: The word “sustainability” seems to be everywhere these days. But how has this concept evolved over time? What are the fundamental ideas and theories that support it, and what are its scientific, technological, and economic dimensions? In examining these questions, we look closely at the roles of various stakeholders, such as governments, NGOs and businesses, in promoting a more sustainable society. There are also those who have opposed or impeded sustainable practices, and we explore how they have done so and their reasons, both stated and otherwise. Students develop their own sustainability-based project concerning a specific field of their choice.
Palaces of Florence
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: ART 245 F
Marist Code/Title: ARTL 210 L Palaces of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Galileo
Description: What role have private and public palaces played in Florentine life over the centuries? Why were they built in certain areas at certain times, and how did styles change? We examine the function of these buildings in the city’s history between the 13th and 17th century from an interdisciplinary perspective: not only do we explore the development of architectural and artistic styles and the stories of patrons, residents, and architects, but how evolution of these buildings was connected to major social, economic, cultural, and political phenomena over five centuries of Florentine history. Includes visits to a number of the city’s palaces, allowing students to experience and study these spaces firsthand.
Beyond Modern Capitalism: Rethinking the Global Socio-Economic Order
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalent. Recommended: BUS 140 Introduction to Economics, or equivalent
Course code: BUS 286 F
Dual Listing: POL 286 F
Marist Code/Title: MGMT 286 N Beyond Modern Capitalism
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: How has the current socio-economic order come to be? What are its origins, its most important developments, and what, if any, are the alternatives? With a critical, multidisciplinary approach, we examine the role of political, economic and social elements and forces in the evolution of the current capitalist system, fleshing out both its positive and negative aspects. We look at whether capitalism has a “sustainable” future, and investigate the feasibility of alternate models: would they be more capable of satisfying socio-economic needs in fair and equitable ways?
Palaces of Florence
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 202
OPEN
Course code: ART 245 F
Marist Code/Title: ARTL 210 L Palaces of Florence
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: What role have private and public palaces played in Florentine life over the centuries? Why were they built in certain areas at certain times, and how did styles change? We examine the function of these buildings in the city’s history between the 13th and 17th century from an interdisciplinary perspective: not only do we explore the development of architectural and artistic styles and the stories of patrons, residents, and architects, but how evolution of these buildings was connected to major social, economic, cultural, and political phenomena over five centuries of Florentine history. Includes visits to a number of the city’s palaces, allowing students to experience and study these spaces firsthand.
Global Business and Society
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 178 Principles of Microeconomics, or BUS 180 Principles of Macroeconomics, or equivalent
Course code: BUS 310 F
Marist Code/Title: BUS 202 N Global Business & Society
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Puccini
Description: What challenges do modern corporations face in organizing international business operations? Our goal is to achieve a global perspective on long-term trends in world economic change, and understand how countries interact with one another. We explore the dynamics of international trade and investment, the relationship between trade and economic growth, and the risks of trade imbalances and protectionism. The role of economic and political institutions (WTO, IMF, etc.) and the characteristics of the most important emerging economies, India and China. Other topics include alternative perspectives on the origins and processes of globalization, competition, development, exchange rate theory, the international monetary system, ethics, decision-making, and strategic operations in an international environment.
Lifestyle in Renaissance Florence
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: ART 280 F
Dual Listing: HIS 280 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 275 L Lifestyle in Renaissance Florence
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: The social, economic, political, and artistic life of Renaissance Florence, and its close ties to the fortune and fortunes of a group of elite families: the Medici, Rucellai, Strozzi, and Pitti. To get an idea of what life was like, at least for some, in the Renaissance city, we examine their art and artistic objects such as wedding chests and other furniture, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, and coats of arms. What can art and material culture tell us about everyday life, and at the same time, what are its limits? Through the lens of these families and the history of their public and private lives, we shed light on a series of characteristics that not only distinguished the Florence of the past, but in some ways still does, as some of these families still play an active role in the city’s life.
Intermediate Sculpture
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: SCU 160 Introductory Sculpture, or equivalent
Notes: lab fee required
Course code: SCU 260 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 170 / ART 105 N Introductory Sculpture
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Sculpture and Ceramics
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 17/R
Room: Della Robbia
Description: Exposes students to more sophisticated, critical approaches to their chosen area of focus in contemporary sculpture. Work centers on independent projects that develop observational skills and draw on personal interests. Important topics include working in clay, wire and plaster, and casting from plaster and flexible molds in gesso, wax and paper. Structured exercises are designed to consolidate both technical and interpretive skills. Designed for students who already possess the foundations of figurative sculpture, or who have worked with other approaches and wish to improve technical skills through class exercises.
Italian Cinema and Society
WED 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: FMA 284 T
Marist Code/Title: CLDM 305 / COM 489 L Italian Cinema and Society/ Seminar in Cinema Studies
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: A social and cultural history of Italy through its most representative films. Movies have been a powerful tool for exploring and critiquing customs, ideologies, language, gender roles, and social problems in this beautiful land full of contradictions. Our main areas of focus include fascism, World War II, the Italian “economic miracle,” the southern question, 1970s political terrorism, commercial television, the Second Italian Republic, the Mafia, and the contemporary phenomenon of immigration. These themes and questions are examined through the major works of key directors and the most important genres, analyzing the intellectual, historical, cultural, and literary background that informs each work. We look at both popular and avant-garde films, as both categories can tell us much about the Italian society from which they arose.
Tuscania Sketchbook - Beginning
MON 11:00 AM-12:40 PM / 1:00 PM-2:40 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PDM 184 T
Marist Code/Title: ART 110N Basic Drawing
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Artemisia
Description: An original format for developing observational, drawing and watercolor skills. Students create a series of sketchbooks whose material they transform into finished drawing projects. After an introduction to basic drawing techniques with pencil, pen and other media, we dedicate ourselves to outdoor sketching in and around the city, honing skills in representing a variety of subjects including the human form, architecture, and landscape. Exploiting the advantages of the site, we explore Tuscania’s medieval churches, city walls, archaeological excavations, and everyday life, as well as the unspoiled, majestic countryside of the surrounding region. Develops students’ ability capture impressions efficiently in various media and at various rates and scales, and use a journal-like container for recording notes, ideas, and sketches, analyzing artwork, and developing personal interests.
Tuscania Sketchbook - Intermediate
MON 11:00 AM-12:40 PM / 1:00 PM-2:40 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: PDM 130 Principles of Drawing and Composition, or equivalent
Notes: bring 10 digital images of previous work. Material costs apply
Course code: PDM 231 T
Marist Code/Title: STUD 277N Tuscania Sketchbook
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Artemisia
Description: A chance to conduct artistic research and give free reign to your creativity as you sketch from the museums, churches, public spaces, and idyllic landscape of Tuscania, taking part in a centuries-long artistic tradition. We immerse ourselves in the town, its historic monuments and daily activities, its inhabitants past and present, drawing inspiration from sculptures, paintings, architecture, squares and the surrounding nature. While doing so, we focus particularly on refining our skills in foreshortening and perspective. Students are encouraged to jot down notes and impressions and actively explore their own areas of interest. A lively, refreshing approach to developing observational skills and drawing and painting techniques, while compiling an array of source material for future projects.
Introduction to Digital Photography
THU 11:00 AM-1:30 PM / 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: DSLR digital camera with manual setting and at least one lens required. Please check specific requirements. This course is 100% digital: no darkroom and film techniques foreseen. Lab fee required.
Course code: PHO 130 T
Marist Code/Title: ART 320N Digital Photography
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Photography
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tina
Description: Get to know the functions and potential of a digital camera. We explore the history and aesthetics of photography to help students express themselves photographically in a more conscious, creative manner. Topics include focal length, aperture, shutter speed, composition, and light quality, along with techniques specific to digital capture and the manipulation of images. Familiarization with Photoshop software for processing and printing photographic images. Specific assignments are designed to consolidate knowledge of specific digital techniques, giving students increased technical control of the medium and helping them develop a more critical eye. In Florence, the course is 80% digital, 20% film and darkroom with some basic black and white developing and printing techniques. In Tuscania, it’s 100% digital. Note: Each student must have a DSLR camera with manual setting and at least one lens.
Intermediate Digital Photography
THU 11:00 AM-1:30 PM / 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: PHO 120 Introduction to Classic Photography or PHO 130 Introduction to Digital Photography, or equivalent
Notes: DSLR digital camera with manual setting and at least one lens required. Please check specific requirements. This course is 100% digital: no darkroom and film techniques foreseen in Tuscania. Lab fee required.
Course code: PHO 230 T
Marist Code/Title: STUD 293N Intermediate Digital Photography
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Photography
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tina
Description: Series of workshops for mastering professional photography techniques in both artistic and commercial fields. We explore the theory behind digital photography, shot optimization, and professional post-production, including RAW file to Photoshop processing, HDR and B&W workflows, managing noise, sharpness and white balance, and final image preparation for the web, publishing, or large-format printing. Includes field trips and studio sessions to aid in developing individual projects. In Florence the course is 70% digital, 30% film and darkroom (professional archiving, using large-format 4”x5”-view film camera, darkroom techniques). In Tuscania it’s 100% digital. Note: Each student must have a DSLR camera with manual setting and at least one lens.
Filmmaking I
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: FMA 210 F
Marist Code/Title: CLDM 300 / MDIA 203 L Introduction to Video Production
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: What do you need to know and know how to do to make a film? What separates an amateur product from a compelling work of art? We cover the basics of individual shots, frame composition, elementary scripting, and editing. Students use personal devices (smartphones, basic photo/video cameras, etc.) and familiarize themselves with more professional videomaking tools, develop creative projects, test their visual storytelling capabilities, and produce a short digital film by course’s end. Combines hands-on activities with classroom analysis, discussions of cinematic language, and an exploration of the medium’s recent evolution (e.g. the YouTube galaxy, on-demand video services, new media devices and practices).
The Animated Short Film
MON 3:00 PM-5:30 PM / 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: FMA 212 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 209 N The Animated Short Film
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Truman
Description: How to use digital media tools to design and create a brief animated story and turn it into a film. We cover every step of the creative process, from hand-drawn sketches of the characters and backgrounds, the creation of model sheets, storyboards, and digital animatics, to the final short film with music and sound. Students receive close, constant supervision, but they are also encouraged to explore and develop each stage of the procedure for themselves, learning through experience and letting their creativity guide them. No prior drawing or animation experience required.
Screenwriting I
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: FMA 242 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 321 L Screenwriting
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: What’s in a screenplay? More than you might think. Its unique nature demands a specific architecture that distinguishes it from other types of writing. We examine the basic principles of screenwriting through lectures, workshop discussions and scene-writing exercises. Topics include theories of screenwriting, structure and development (scenes, sequences, acts), style, format, writing with images, plot analysis, and character construction. Students then develop a subject of their choice into a roughly 20-page screenplay, inspired by their experiences in Italy, a story, or another source. Their original concept is articulated first into a coherent outline (a detailed summary of the scenes and main events), then transformed into a solid, formal screenplay based on a three-act structure.
Music and Film
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Course code: FMA 276 F
Dual Listing: PER 276 F
Marist Code/Title: MUS 248 L History of Motion Picture Music
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: An introduction to the role of music in one of the 20th century’s defining art forms: film. We explore film music from its silent-era origins, when music was critical to conveying a story’s emotions and meaning, through to the present day. How does music function as a source of drama and emphasis in a film’s plot? How has musical iconography been codified in various film genres? Key topics include an overview of film history, musical forms, the concept of associative listening, and major film music techniques and how composers use them in scoring. We also analyze some of movie history’s most iconic soundtracks by such composers as Morricone, Williams, Rota, Horner, and many others, including films by Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone, James Cameron and Wes Anderson, and discuss what makes these scores so effective.
Dante’s Quest for Love—from the Divine Comedy to Contemporary Culture and Media
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation
Course code: FMA 288 F
Dual Listing: LIT 288 F
Marist Code/Title: ENG 281 L Dante's Quest for Love
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: TBA
Room: -TBA-
Description: “Therefore I pray you, gentle father dear, to teach me what love is.” Dante’s plea to Vergil in the Divine Comedy engaged some of the brightest minds in late medieval Europe: natural philosophers, theologians, poets. And the Florentine poet’s spiritual and sentimental journey has never ceased to inspire his fellow artists. We begin by examining the Comedy’s classical sources (particularly Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Art of Love, and Remedies of Love) and Andreas Capellanus’s bestselling twelfth-century ‘love manual.’ Then we dive into Dante’s magnum opus itself, familiarizing ourselves with the most significant characters and passages throughout the text. Finally, we explore how this medieval masterpiece has inspired a whole series of works in the figurative arts, music, TV, and film.
Filmmaking I
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: FMA 210 F
Marist Code/Title: CLDM 300 / MDIA 203 L Introduction to Video Production
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Fond. Zeffirelli, Piazza S.Firenze 5
Room: Aula 35
Description: What do you need to know and know how to do to make a film? What separates an amateur product from a compelling work of art? We cover the basics of individual shots, frame composition, elementary scripting, and editing. Students use personal devices (smartphones, basic photo/video cameras, etc.) and familiarize themselves with more professional videomaking tools, develop creative projects, test their visual storytelling capabilities, and produce a short digital film by course’s end. Combines hands-on activities with classroom analysis, discussions of cinematic language, and an exploration of the medium’s recent evolution (e.g. the YouTube galaxy, on-demand video services, new media devices and practices).
The Animated Short Film
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: FMA 212 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 209 N The Animated Short Film
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Truman
Description: How to use digital media tools to design and create a brief animated story and turn it into a film. We cover every step of the creative process, from hand-drawn sketches of the characters and backgrounds, the creation of model sheets, storyboards, and digital animatics, to the final short film with music and sound. Students receive close, constant supervision, but they are also encouraged to explore and develop each stage of the procedure for themselves, learning through experience and letting their creativity guide them. No prior drawing or animation experience required.
Screenwriting I
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: FMA 242 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 321 L Screenwriting
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Tiziano
Description: What’s in a screenplay? More than you might think. Its unique nature demands a specific architecture that distinguishes it from other types of writing. We examine the basic principles of screenwriting through lectures, workshop discussions and scene-writing exercises. Topics include theories of screenwriting, structure and development (scenes, sequences, acts), style, format, writing with images, plot analysis, and character construction. Students then develop a subject of their choice into a roughly 20-page screenplay, inspired by their experiences in Italy, a story, or another source. Their original concept is articulated first into a coherent outline (a detailed summary of the scenes and main events), then transformed into a solid, formal screenplay based on a three-act structure.
Filmmaking II
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: FMA 210 Filmmaking I, or equivalent
Course code: FMA 275 F
Marist Code/Title: MDIA 405 L Digital Filmmaking
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Fond. Zeffirelli, Piazza S.Firenze 5
Room: Aula 35
Description: This follow-up to Filmmaking I explores the language of film images and the figurative and narrative components that gives these images meaning. We take an in-depth look at story line, treatment, screenplay and storyboarding, as well as the unique challenges of both original movie scripts and literary adaptations. Students familiarize themselves with professional filmmaking equipment and the various roles and phases of production: preparation, casting and work plan, directing tools, shooting styles, basic photography and lighting techniques, digital editing, and audio post-production. By understanding how the various creative stages function and fit together, they achieve a comprehensive view of the power of the medium, and how to transform an idea into a finished product.
Music and Film
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: FMA 276 F
Dual Listing: PER 276 F
Marist Code/Title: MUS 248 L History of Motion Picture Music
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: An introduction to the role of music in one of the 20th century’s defining art forms: film. We explore film music from its silent-era origins, when music was critical to conveying a story’s emotions and meaning, through to the present day. How does music function as a source of drama and emphasis in a film’s plot? How has musical iconography been codified in various film genres? Key topics include an overview of film history, musical forms, the concept of associative listening, and major film music techniques and how composers use them in scoring. We also analyze some of movie history’s most iconic soundtracks by such composers as Morricone, Williams, Rota, Horner, and many others, including films by Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone, James Cameron and Wes Anderson, and discuss what makes these scores so effective.
Italian Cinema and Society
MON 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: FMA 284 F
Marist Code/Title: CLDM 305/COM 489 L Italian Cinema and Society/ Seminar in Cinema Studies
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Creative Arts
Department: Film and Media Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: A social and cultural history of Italy through its most representative films. Movies have been a powerful tool for exploring and critiquing customs, ideologies, language, gender roles, and social problems in this beautiful land full of contradictions. Our main areas of focus include fascism, World War II, the Italian “economic miracle,” the southern question, 1970s political terrorism, commercial television, the Second Italian Republic, the Mafia, and the contemporary phenomenon of immigration. These themes and questions are examined through the major works of key directors and the most important genres, analyzing the intellectual, historical, cultural, and literary background that informs each work. We look at both popular and avant-garde films, as both categories can tell us much about the Italian society from which they arose.
Principles of Drawing and Composition
MON 3:00 PM-4:40 PM / 5:00 PM-6:40 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PDM 130 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 110 N Basic Drawing
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Pontormo
Description: The essential techniques and concepts for drawing figures and objects and arranging them in relation to one another. We introduce the fundamentals of drawing with charcoal, pencil, red chalk, and a variety of other media. Each session aims to transmit a core concept and skills which are then consolidated through observation and practical exercises. Our subjects of interest include still lives, the human figure, architecture, and landscapes, which we analyze in depth from both a technical and compositional standpoint. Abundant inspiration and material for analysis are provided by the exceptional works of art, architecture and landscapes of our host city. Students consolidate their abilities in a variety of genres and media, and acquire a better theoretical understanding, a key to future studies.
Principles of Drawing and Composition
WED 3:00 PM-4:40 PM / 5:00 PM-6:40 PM
Section: 102
FULL
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PDM 130 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 110 N Basic Drawing
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via del Melarancio, 6/R
Room: Pontormo
Description: The essential techniques and concepts for drawing figures and objects and arranging them in relation to one another. We introduce the fundamentals of drawing with charcoal, pencil, red chalk, and a variety of other media. Each session aims to transmit a core concept and skills which are then consolidated through observation and practical exercises. Our subjects of interest include still lives, the human figure, architecture, and landscapes, which we analyze in depth from both a technical and compositional standpoint. Abundant inspiration and material for analysis are provided by the exceptional works of art, architecture and landscapes of our host city. Students consolidate their abilities in a variety of genres and media, and acquire a better theoretical understanding, a key to future studies.
Foundation Oil Painting
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PDM 140 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 111 N Basic Painting
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Peggy G.
Description: Highly-structured class sessions, complete with demonstrations and guided exercises, gradually familiarize students with the fundamental skills and techniques of this medium. We focus on developing observational skills, the perception and creation of form, tone and color on two-dimensional surfaces, color theory and mixing, linear perspective, and effective composition. Our main genre will be the still life, but the host city itself provides a range of exceptional works of art and architecture that we look to for inspiration and analyze as a way of enhancing our own knowledge and abilities. Prior studio training not required; non-majors are admitted.
Foundation Oil Painting
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 102
FULL
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PDM 140 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 111 N Basic Painting
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Artemisia
Description: Highly-structured class sessions, complete with demonstrations and guided exercises, gradually familiarize students with the fundamental skills and techniques of this medium. We focus on developing observational skills, the perception and creation of form, tone and color on two-dimensional surfaces, color theory and mixing, linear perspective, and effective composition. Our main genre will be the still life, but the host city itself provides a range of exceptional works of art and architecture that we look to for inspiration and analyze as a way of enhancing our own knowledge and abilities. Prior studio training not required; non-majors are admitted.
Expanding Creativity
MON 3:00 PM-4:40 PM / 5:00 PM-6:40 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PDM 150 F
Dual Listing: PER 150 F SCU 150 F PHO 150 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 180 L Expanding Creativity
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Artemisia
Description: A space in which fine arts majors can engage critically with the creative process in their work, problem-solve, explore the boundaries and connections between media, exchange ideas, and better define their personal visions. Students cultivate self-reflection, an expanded creativity, and the ability to work independently. Wherever they are in their course of study, they receive effective support and guidance in formulating and developing projects that represent precise, ambitious, and feasible goals. Resources and solutions include switching from one medium to another, adopted a mixed-media approach, overcoming limits with regard to a certain skillset, finding new inspiration, or developing and applying particular creative strategies.
Digital Sketchbook
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: Drawing and Photoshop experience recommended.
Notes: material costs apply.
Course code: PDM 165 F
Dual Listing: GRA 165 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 130 N Digital Sketchbook
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Truman
Description: Expand your artistic portfolio by combining traditional and digital media. In drawing sessions in the historic center of Florence, we explore fundamental drawing concepts and techniques: creating three-dimensional space through the use of linear perspective and construction of complex forms using simple volumes, drawing the sculpted and live human figure, and creating balanced and interesting compositions. Then we discuss how to create drawings suitable for digitalization. In the lab sessions, students learn to scan selected drawings and paint them with Photoshop, accumulating know-how crucial for both traditional and digital painting. Exercises include creating multiple versions of a single painting, painting a set of images with gouache, and developing and modifying traditional paintings using Photoshop.
Fundamentals of Art and Design: Color Theory
MON 9:00 AM-10:40 AM / 11:00 AM-12:40 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PDM 190 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 101 L Fundamentals of Art and Design
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Artemisia
Description: Colors matter. We analyze them from a theoretical standpoint, exploring how to use both harmonies and contrasts effectively. Topics include color purity, light-dark (chiaroscuro) and hot-cold color contrasts, complementary colors, simultaneous contrast, quality and quantity contrast. What is the relationship between form and color? How does color influence space, composition, perception and chromatic balance (the illusion of color)? Students grasp the expressive force of color as an essential element of the creative process, develop their eye through experience and trial and error, and use various color theory criteria to understand the effects of choosing a certain color or color combination in practical exercises involving landscapes and the wonders of Florence’s artistic heritage.
Advanced Drawing I: Observation and Interpretation
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM / 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: PDM 260 Intermediate Drawing, or equivalent
Notes: bring 10 digital images of previous work. Material costs apply
Course code: PDM 340 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 310 N Drawing III: Advanced Pro
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Michelangelo
Description: The space for consolidating the knowledge and practice of the principal drawing techniques (charcoal, pencil, red chalk, ink) and experimenting with diverse color solutions, including pastels and mixed media. We elaborate further on the concepts and techniques discussed in previous courses to equip students to grapple with more ambitious projects. This includes moving gradually away from direct observation and toward more personal ideas and concepts that express students’ own artistic voice. Includes projects and highly structured exercises, and is designed for students with a mature understanding and experience of figure and object drawing. The city and art of Florence provide us with countless subjects for analysis and inspiration.
Advanced Painting I: Observation and Interpretation
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: PDM 270 Intermediate Painting, or equivalent
Notes: bring 10 digital images of previous work. Material costs apply
Course code: PDM 350 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 301 N Advanced Painting I
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Michelangelo
Description: We advance students’ knowledge and practice of oil painting through figurative and/or object work, with the aim of enhancing the quality of work and achieving a mastery of the subtleties of the medium. Other painting techniques, such as the use of acrylics, will also be explored and experimented. The idea is to move gradually away from direct observation and toward more spontaneous, individual means of expressing ideas and concepts. Exercises and projects focus on consolidating skills related to color, composition, and technical experimentation such as glazing, impasto, and other painting media. Florence’s rich artistic heritage provides ample material for analysis and inspiration.
Major Project in Fine Arts
THU 3:00 PM-4:40 PM / 5:00 PM-6:40 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: Fine Arts majors of senior standing
Course code: PDM 420 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 490 N Special Topics : Project in Fine Arts
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Michelangelo
Description: The conception, development, research, and execution of an individual or group project with instructor guidance and supervision. Completed works will be exhibited as part of the end-of-year art show. Emphasizes independent learning and developing the skills and mentality associated with it, including the capacity to reflect critically on our own artistic production. Course is roughly divided into 2 parts: research and experimentation, followed by production and exhibition.
Introduction to Ballet
TUE 12:00 NOON-1:10 PM / THU 12:00 NOON-1:10 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: Mandatory requirement: In order to participate in this course a declaration of good health must be presented during the registration process and before the start of the course. Material costs apply.
Course code: PER 143 F
Marist Code/Title: PHED 143 N Introduction to Ballet
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Performing Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Caravaggio
Description: Ballet from the ground up: correct posture and body control, basic feet and arm positioning, and preparation with both floor exercises and the barre. Exercises aim to mold the dancer’s body into a beautiful, graceful form, transforming it into a tool for giving voice to creative expression.
Expanding Creativity
MON 3:00 PM-4:40 PM / 5:00 PM-6:40 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: material costs apply
Course code: PER 150 F
Dual Listing: PDM 150 F PHO 150 F SCU 150 F
Marist Code/Title: STUD 180 L Expanding Creativity
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Performing Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via dell'Alloro, 14/R
Room: Artemisia
Description: A space in which fine arts majors can engage critically with the creative process in their work, problem-solve, explore the boundaries and connections between media, exchange ideas, and better define their personal visions. Students cultivate self-reflection, an expanded creativity, and the ability to work independently. Wherever they are in their course of study, they receive effective support and guidance in formulating and developing projects that represent precise, ambitious, and feasible goals. Resources and solutions include switching from one medium to another, adopted a mixed-media approach, overcoming limits with regard to a certain skillset, finding new inspiration, or developing and applying particular creative strategies.
Music and Film
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: PER 276 F
Dual Listing: FMA 276 F
Marist Code/Title: MUS 248 L History of Motion Picture Music
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Performing Arts
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: An introduction to the role of music in one of the 20th century’s defining art forms: film. We explore film music from its silent-era origins, when music was critical to conveying a story’s emotions and meaning, through to the present day. How does music function as a source of drama and emphasis in a film’s plot? How has musical iconography been codified in various film genres? Key topics include an overview of film history, musical forms, the concept of associative listening, and major film music techniques and how composers use them in scoring. We also analyze some of movie history’s most iconic soundtracks by such composers as Morricone, Williams, Rota, Horner, and many others, including films by Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Federico Fellini, Sergio Leone, James Cameron and Wes Anderson, and discuss what makes these scores so effective.
Introduction to Classic Photography
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM / 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: SLR film camera with manual setting and at least one lens required. Please check specific requirements. Lab fee required.
Course code: PHO 120 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 145 N Introduction to Classic Photography
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Creative Arts
Department: Photography
Credits: 3
Hours: 90
Premises: Via del Giglio, 4
Room: Avedon
Description: How does an analog camera actually work? What do you need to know to develop and print traditional, black-and-white film? We explore the essential concepts and techniques for using the photographic medium with confidence and in a creative, expressive way. Students will develop a working vocabulary