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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: ENSC 290 L Sustainable Forest Management
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Forests are a unique feature of our planet: a symbol of life, a necessary part of our environment, economy, culture, and traditions. Forests provide us with food, water, renewable energy and shelter, as well as a wide range of other products and intangible benefits. They are home to many species of plants and animals, help mitigate climate change, protect the soil, evoke emotions, and offer places for recreation and inspiration. Forest protect us and keep us alive – but forests need to be protected, too. This is especially true for temperate forests, such as those in Europe and North America, since they have been influenced by human settlements and activities over many centuries. The protection of forests, a key part of modern forestry science, is central to this course. The basics of forestry including tree biology and the ecology of forests, are covered. Additional topics include how to identify trees, harvesting forests, and forest protection. Appropriate field trips and practical activities will help students understand how a forest works and how we can manage it in a sustainable and effective way.
Agricultural Economics
WED 2:00 PM-4:30 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: The course is intended as an introduction to basic economics concepts which frames the agricultural sector within a theoretical framework. The very first part is basically an overview of the economic principles for consumer and producer behavior, price determination, elasticity, profit, demand and supply. These concepts are then applied to agriculture: definition of agriculture and introduction to it as a business; agri-food marketing principles; leading concepts of economics of natural resources. In the last part the course treats the economic, social and environmental roles of agriculture in relation to the challenges of food security and climate change: why should we care, and how? The course concludes with a comparative analysis of the very different roles of government in agricultural policy, in Europe and other regions.
Organic Agriculture
THU 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: lab fee and/or material costs apply
Course code: AGR 220 T
Marist Code/Title: AGR 230 L Organic Agriculture
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Organic agriculture of plant products is a method of production that aims to obtain quality food products while respecting the environment of the production process. This means coordinating the elements used in farming and ensuring the “renaturalization” of an environment compromised by intensive agriculture. Managing a farm that uses the organic agriculture philosophy entails using new operational techniques that permit productivity and quality, while respecting the constraints imposed by legislation, and at the same time optimizing business profitability. In the transition from traditional to organic farming it is important to choose techniques as well as a variety of products that generate the best results in that particular environment. True organic agriculture is not only a question of business management but it also requires knowledge of agronomy and an understanding of the system’s methodology and history as well as its cultural aspect, i.e., the social, intellectual, and ethical values of this system. The course includes experiential learning with seasonal activities at a local farm and facilities, horticultural cultivation in Spring and olive harvest and pressing in Fall. The course meets for 45 hours in Fall and 90 hours in Spring.
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:
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.
Agricultural Economics
WED 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: AGR 210 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
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 / 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:
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
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
MON 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: AGR 225 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
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.
Agri-food Marketing
WED 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 178 Principles of Microeconomics, or equivalent
Course code: AGR 280 T
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Tuscania
Session: SPRING
School: Agriculture
Department: Agricultural Studies and Technologies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: The course gives a global vision of the marketing components adapted to the agri-food sector and integrates business marketing principles applied to food products with traditional agricultural commodity marketing. The course aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the main economic and strategic issues concerning the global food markets. The class examines concepts and research tools to investigate food consumption patterns and trends, food industry strategies, distribution, and trade of agri-food products. The approach will be to introduce a wide range of topics in order to give a general overview of the disciplines, along with the presentation of case studies and stimulating the discussion on student’s everyday experience as a consumer.
Archaeology Workshop
THU 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: This course will introduce students to archaeology, and provide them with hands-on work on 2500-year-old archaeological artefacts in LdM's Archaeology Lab. These artefacts have recently been unearthed at the Hellenistic necropolis of Bosco della Riserva. The necropolis, near Tuscania, central Italy, is the site of a joint excavation project currently conducted by CAMNES and LdM. Students will learn what happens to the finds once they leave their recovery contexts and arrive at the LdM's Archaeology Lab. in Florence. Here, under the guidance of the instructors, students will be involved in the basic steps of restoration, conservation, documentation, study, and storage of the finds. Students will also have the opportunity to sign up for the Tuscania Summer Field School, which operates directly at one of the archaeological sites.
Ancient Rome
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
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: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: This course will provide students with a comprehensive introduction and overview of the civilization of ancient Rome, from its origin as a monarchy in the 8th century B.C. to its fall fourteen centuries later, an event which marks the beginning of the Middle Ages. Alongside the study of main historical events, students will explore a variety of themes and methodological issues: the range of primary sources available for ancient history; the political organization of the Roman state; the territorial expansion of Rome and its influence on the cultural and administrative sphere; Roman religion and the spread of Christianity; the end of the Roman world and the rise of new social models; the historiographical "myth of Rome." In order to stimulate students’ critical skills in observing historical phenomena, a problem-oriented approach will be supported by readings of primary sources.
Greek and Roman Mythology
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
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: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Greek and Roman gods and heroes, and their stories, have always been a fundamental subject of Western Art and literature, especially since they were rediscovered by Renaissance humanism. The course will examine the major deities of Greek and Roman religion are examined in their historical and archaeological context, focusing on the influence that Greek myths had on the Roman world. The Iliad, The Odyssey, and Roman foundations myths and sagas will be discussed with particular emphasis on the relationship between myth and history. Visit to the National Archaeological Museum of Florence will reinforce the topics treated in class. The pictorial narratives, so common in Greek and Roman monuments and objects, will introduce the sophisticated visual language created by the Greeks to tell such elaborate tales; the visit to the Uffizi Gallery will show the students how Renaissance artists revived the Greek and Roman tradition. To know Roman mythology is to understand the real essence of the ideals and aspirations of the great Roman Empire, while in the study of Greek mythology lies the roots of modern psychology.
Archaeology Workshop
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
FULL
Notes: 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: This course combines an introduction to archaeology with hands-on work on 2500-year-old archaeological artefacts in LdM's Archaeology Lab. These artefacts have recently been unearthed in Central Italy at the Hellenistic necropolis of Bosco della Riserva, near Tuscania, where an excavation project is being conducted by CAMNES and LdM. Students will learn what happens to the finds once they leave their recovery contexts and arrive in Florence: here, under the guidance of the instructors, students will be involved in the fundamental activities of restoration, conservation, documentation, study, and storage of the finds. Students will also have the opportunity to sign up for the summer field school in Tuscania which operates directly at one of the archaeological sites.
Art History I: Antiquity to Early Renaissance
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 102
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: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: This course is a survey of the visual arts in Western Europe, from ancient Greece to the Early Renaissance. In this course students encounter the principal monuments, artists, and themes in painting, sculpture, and architecture, and discover the changes in styles and taste in this period. The course explores the historical, philosophical and cultural contexts essential to understanding the visual arts and the impact they have had through the ages. Great importance is given to the interpretation of subjects and symbols, to the different techniques and styles used by artists, and to the role of public and private patrons. Onsite teaching provides the incomparable experience of studying important works of art and architecture first hand. The material is approached as an introduction to the discipline of art history, with the aim of fostering appreciation and the desire to further investigate this field.
Art History II: High Renaissance to the Present
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
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: Donatello
Description: This course is a survey of the visual arts in Western Europe, covering a period spanning from the early 16th century to the present. In this course students encounter the principal monuments, artists and themes in painting, sculpture and architecture, and discover the changes in styles and taste in this period. The course explores the historical, philosophical, and cultural contexts essential to understanding the visual arts and the impact they have had through the ages. We will emphasize the interpretation of subjects and symbols, to the different techniques and styles used by artists, and to the role of public and private patrons. Onsite teaching provides the incomparable experience of studying important works of art and architecture first hand. The course will serve as an introduction to the discipline of art history, and aims at fostering appreciation, and the desire to further investigate this field.
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: Donatello
Description: The aim of this course is to provide an integrated approach to museum theory and practice. It will consider definitions and classifications of the term 'museum', and the centuries-long history of art collecting. We will examine the various forms and meanings of gathering beautiful, precious, and curious objects in various places, and the endeavor of assembling collections for world-famous museums, such as the Uffizi and the Louvre. We will analyze the concept of cultural heritage, considering its increasing value for society, as well as the legal and ethical issues involved. The course will also consider topics as research, methods of documentation, cataloging, display, basic communication techniques, the importance of education and learning in museums, preventive and remedial conservation of collections, environmental monitoring and control, safety plans, and storage systems. We will focus on Italian and specifically Florentine museums, which students will be invited to analyze according to the most recent museological and museographical theories and practices.
Palaces of Florence
MON 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: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Public and private palaces have played an important role in the life of the city of Florence, through the centuries. This course will introduce students to the history of the palaces of Florence from the 13th to the 17th century. The study of these palaces will offer an interdisciplinary perspective on the city. Students will have the opportunity to understand not only the development of the palaces’ architectural style, but also major issues concerning the social, economic, cultural, and political history of Florence. Students will study the evolution of Florentine palaces hands-on, from the outside and from the inside of the buildings. Many classes will be held on site, and site visits will add a crucial component to the learning experience.
The Genius of Michelangelo
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 180 Art History I, or ART 186 Art History II, or equivalent
Course code: ART 270 F
Marist Code/Title: ARTL 205 L Michelangelo
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: This course focuses on Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) and offers students the opportunity to explore the life and work of one of the most gifted and revolutionary artists of all times. It will explore his long artistic career as a sculptor, painter, architect, and poet. The artist’s personal and artistic relationships with other outstanding artists of his time, in particular with Leornardo and Raphael, whom Michelangelo perceived as great rivals, will also be a central theme of the course.Students will visit a number of major museums, analyzing the extraordinary quality of Michelangelo’s works in relation to those of contemporary artists in the same museums. The course will also analyze his relationship to patrons, especially the Medici in Florence and the papal court in Rome under the popes Alexander VI, Julius II, and Paul III. Students will gain a detailed knowledge of Michelangelo’s oeuvre, and will be able to identify and analyze major works in painting, sculpture, and architecture. The course will be based on recent literature, sources of the time, and Michelangelo’s own writings.
International Art Business
MON 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
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: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 42
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: The course is designed to introduce students to the art market and the institutional networks that support and promote the art business, and give them an understanding of the current art market and auction house environment. Students will be given the opportunity to meet specialists in order to develop the ability to identify and analyze works of art, learn how to access marketing opportunities, and devise appropriate strategies. The roles of the art dealer and the art administrator will be analyzed in depth, together with the main principles of the international laws that govern this particular field.
Museum and Gallery Internship
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Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: 1) Art History / Museum Studies majors of sophomore standing; 2) Concurrent enrollment in a course in the same field; 3) Fluency in Italian is advantageous, but is 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: This internship entails individual work experience in a museum, gallery or church in the Florentine area, supervised by a faculty member and the cooperating museum, or Florentine curia staff. The internship provides students with practical experience, especially in the field of cultural mediation and museum education, through direct observation of the various activities developed at the hosting museums and churches, individual study and direct participation in guided tours at museums and churches, collections management in art galleries. Through this experience students have the opportunity to learn and apply professional skills, while directly interacting with institutional staff and the visitors. The intern is monitored by both the onsite supervisor and an LdM faculty member. The grade assigned by the faculty internship supervisor reflects assessment of weekly reports, two papers, and an overall evaluation. Ten/twelve hours weekly at the internship site; student internship schedules and onsite duties may vary. Please note that the Museum and Gallery internship requires interns to fulfill part of their internship hours on Saturdays. Note: Placement opportunities are limited, especially for students without Italian language skills. Admission is also contingent upon the student's CV, two reference letters, a formal letter of intent. Students who enroll must submit supporting documentation by the application deadline, and acceptance is conditional upon the result of an onsite interview during the first week of the term and an Italian language placement test.
19th Century Art: From Neoclassicism to Post-Impressionism
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
FULL
Prerequisites: ART 180 Art History I, or ART 186 Art History II, or equivalents
Course code: ART 365 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 365 L History of 19th Century Art
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: This course will examine European art between c.1790 and c.1900. This beginning of this period is marked by the passage from Neoclassicism to Romanticism, while its end corresponds to movements, such as Post-Impressionism, that heralded the avant-gardes of the 20th Century. In Europe, the 19th Century was an era of enormous changes, that affected many spheres, from politics to technology. We will investigate the links connecting society, ideology, culture, and the visual arts, and consider themes such as: critics and the public; exhibitions and salons; naturalism and realism; nationalism; Orientalism and Japonisme; nature and landscape; Impressionism; dreams and inspiration; heroism; literary and historical themes. Special focus will be given to the notion of modernity, and its evolution. Artists studied include David, Goya, Delacroix, Turner, Courbet, Monet, Degas, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Seurat, Gauguin, Ensor, and Munch. Attention is also given to Italian artists and movements.
Contemporary Art
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 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: Stone
Description: The aim of this course is to give students a thorough and stimulating wide-ranging exploration of the most significant stylistic trends governing the art of the late 20th century. Through lectures, discussions and class activities, the course investigates the interdisciplinary nature of the contemporary art world, analyzing the artworks in the historical, social, political and philosophical context in which they were created. Students will also be encouraged to explore the way contemporary artistic languages and the art business interrelate. Course examines key contemporary art languages like Abstract Expressionism, Informal Art, Neo Dada, Minimalism. Site-specific Art, Conceptualism, Neo Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art; artists studied include Pollock, Rothko, Dubuffet, Rauschenberg, Giacometti, Bacon, Warhol, Morris, Kosuth, Abramovic, Richter, Basquiat, Hirst, Banksy, among others. With the cultivation of independent and critical thinking and research, by the completion of the course students will gain an appreciation of the contemporary art world and other related disciplines.
Principles of Marketing
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
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: Raffaello
Description: Marketing is a dynamic and exciting field, a key tool in confronting the challenges that enterprises are facing every day. The purpose of this course is to introduce marketing principles and concepts. In this course students will learn about the "real" nature and scope of marketing management. They will be introduced to aspects of marketing, such as: Marketing Strategy, the 4 P’s, Market Planning, Retailing and Wholesaling, Target Marketing, Market Segmentation, Services Marketing. Students will also learn about the strategic importance of marketing to an enterprise, whether it be a profit-oriented business firm or a not-for-profit organization.
International Art Business
MON 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: ART 180 Art History I, or ART 186 Art History II, or equivalent
Course code: BUS 290 F
Dual Listing: ART 297 F
Marist Code/Title: ART 318 N International Art Business
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: The course is designed to introduce students to the art market and the institutional networks that support and promote the art business, as well as giving them an understanding of the current art market and auction house environment. Through this course, students will meet specialists to develop the ability to identify and analyze works of art, learn how to recognize marketing opportunities, and determine appropriate strategies. The figures of the art dealer and the art administrator will be analyzed in depth, together with the main principles of the international laws that govern this particular field.
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: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Marketing communication is one of the most exciting and stimulating areas in modern marketing. Its importance has grown dramatically in recent decades. The means through which we communicate all around the world have been affected by the new technological advances. These advances, such as the Internet, have enabled and eased interaction on a global scale. Therefore, marketers are looking for new means of communication that can better gain the attention of customers. This course will examine the theory and techniques applicable today to all the major marketing communication functions. Students will research and evaluate a company’s marketing and promotional situation and use this information in developing effective communication strategies and programs.
Luxury Brand Management
TUE 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 101
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: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: This course offers students an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of luxury, a multi-billion dollar market for branded luxury goods and services. Students examine luxury brand management both as a concept and as global reality while addressing historical development, political, economic, and social aspects, and the continued impetus for design, pop culture, and the arts. Exploring how luxury brands are evolving and their identities in terms of desire, status, and exclusivity, including supply and demand, consumption, and value, helps to explain how luxury brands resist global economic recession. The challenges of building, protecting and strengthening a brand are examined from a broad range of diverse products. The course addresses the economic management and the distribution channels of a brand. Exploring a wide range of case studies, not limited to fashion, students learn management essentials from the luxury perspective, applying the critical tools that make the difference in developing successful strategic plans and management.
Introduction to Communications
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
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: This course surveys the theories of communication relevant to all contexts (including interpersonal, group, organizational, mediated, and cultural) and the ways in which contexts affect the forms of communication. The course introduces students to essential concepts and fundamental theories that describe the processes, functions, natures, and effects of communication. The general goals of the course are to familiarize students with the basic concepts of communication and to help them understand and improve basic skills in relation to interpersonal communication. Students deal with ethical issues and global opportunities and challenges offered by communication, and they have an opportunity to develop their critical thinking and writing, as well as group work and presentation skills.
Advertising Principles
TUE 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 101
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: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Calvino
Description: Advertising is not a simple or random combination of images in an ad. The task of advertising is to build a positive perception of the product in the consumer's mind. Every commercial, every ad in magazines, every TV advertisement is designed to deliver a particular message to a particular audience. This course will deal with contemporary advertising and also with the media and graphic modes used to convey it. Topics include the philosophy of advertising and its role in society; how advertising relates to life, society and economy; current trends in advertising as viewed from creative, marketing and media standpoints; the stereotypes that advertising instills in us and the reaction of our society to these suggestions; how advertising is made, created, and projected.
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: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: Marketing communication is one of the most exciting and stimulating areas in modern marketing. Its importance has grown dramatically in recent decades. The means through which we communicate all around the world have been affected by the new technological advances. These advances, such as the Internet, have enabled and eased interaction on a global scale. Therefore, marketers are looking for new means of communication that can better gain the attention of customers. This course will examine the theory and techniques applicable today to all the major marketing communication functions: ads, direct marketing, sales promotion, public relations, personal selling, and the Internet. It will allow students to research and evaluate a company’s marketing and promotional situation and use this information to develop effective communication strategies and programs.
Media Ethics for Media Professionals
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: Communications majors of junior standing
Course code: COM 346 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: This course introduces students to ethics and social responsibility for media professionals through an examination of case studies that include Fascist and contemporary Italy and the greater world. Through viewings of groundbreaking documentary films we will explore the role of the media in disseminating truth, as well as the responsibility media creators have to themselves, their subjects, and audience. Special attention is given to the influence that money, power, and politics play in both the historic and modern media landscape. Guest filmmakers will be invited to discuss the ethical dimensions of their work. Writing-intensive and oral presentation-intensive.
Communicating Creativity
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: Communications majors of junior standing
Course code: COM 389 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: What is creativity and how do you become more creative? Is it something that we are born with, or something that we can work to develop within ourselves? With the city known for being the birthplace of the Renaissance as the backdrop, this course explores the theories that explore role of the creative process within various disciplines and the role that communication plays in fostering or inhibiting creative output. Students will delve into deep discussion of the primary literature, drawn from research in Italy where possible, and work to develop a greater sense of their own creativity. The class is broken down into three stages. During the first 5 weeks we will explore the different domains of creativity through discussion of assigned readings. During the next 5 weeks we will explore creativity in action. The final 4 weeks of the course will be spent working in teams on the development of a creative project such as an app, a multimedia story, a PR campaign, etc. Writing-intensive and oral presentation-intensive.
Global Brand Management
MON 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
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 411 F
Marist Code/Title: COM 427 L Global Brand Mgmt
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: This course is designed to provide an in-depth study into the major components involved in developing successful global brands. In this course, students will develop and apply research-based strategic planning to the development of new or existing global brands. This process involves examining the principles of consumer and shopper behavior and exploring the impact of current consumer and global trends on new and existing brands. Students will use primary and secondary consumer research to further develop a new or existing global brand. To conclude the class, students will develop integrated communications campaigns designed to launch the brand, acquire customers and develop long-term, profitable relationships in multiple global markets.
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: On Line
Room: Online Platform
Description: Consumer behavior is defined as the behavior that consumers, groups or organizations display in searching for, purchasing, using, evaluating and disposing of products and services that they expect will satisfy their needs. Consumer Insights teach students the psychology of how consumers think, feel, reason, and select between different alternatives (e.g., brands, products, and retailers), and how consumers are influenced by their environment (e.g., culture, family, peers, media). In this course, students will learn to uncover and utilize relevant global and regional consumer insights to develop effective integrated marketing communication strategies. Blending the theory and practice of consumer behavior within a global context, students will delve beyond the consumer’s functional needs to understand the deeper needs, wants and motivations that drive consumer behavior. They will also understand that consumer behavior differs depending on the consumer’s cultural and socio-economic background.
Love and Natural Selection: Science and Myth
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
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: Students enrolled in this course will examine the reach of Darwin’s theory of natural selection, and its impact on religion, gender, and race, while uncovering some common misconceptions about Darwin’s work. The Origin of Species brought about a profound intellectual revolution not only in the natural, but also in the social sciences. Part one of the course will examine the building blocks of Darwin's theory and its dissemination, reception, and legacy. Part two, will examine the theoretical basis of modern evolutionary biology and analyze some of the most popular (and contested) theories of evolutionary psychology concerned with human reproduction, gender, relationships, and beauty. The course will further offer a critical study of some evolutionary ideas after Darwin, focusing on eugenics, revealing flaws in modern popular scientific discourse, as well as potential limitations to the scientific method and culture. Student presentations will focus on Darwin's influence on different areas, such as art and media, but also our understanding of physical and mental disabilities.
History of Prostitution
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
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: Raffaello
Description: In the context of sexuality and body within the Western tradition, this course examines prostitution as a complex phenomenon at the intersection of gender roles, sexual practices, religious and moral views, social power and legal boundaries. The course will focus on classical antiquity, with some reference to the earliest historical cultures, and on the period spanning from medieval and early modern times to the Reformation. Strictly adhering to an interdisciplinary approach, we will touch upon history, religion, mythology, philosophy, visual arts, literary sources, and legal documents. Readings and discussions will address prostitution in Western society today, taking into consideration current research on the topic, and also public perceptions and understanding.
Ancient Rome
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
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: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: This course offers a general though comprehensive introduction and overview of the 14-century lasting civilization of Ancient Rome, from its origins as a monarchy to the "Fall of Rome" and the beginning of the Middle Ages. Alongside the study of main historical events, a series of themes and issues will be explored: the range of primary sources available for ancient history; the political organization of the Roman state; the territorial expansion and its influence on the cultural and administrative sphere; Roman religion and the spread of Christianity; the end of the Roman world and the birth of a new society; the historiographical "myth of Rome." In order to stimulate students’ critical skills in observing historical phenomena, a problem-oriented approach will be supported by readings of primary sources.
The Quarters of Florence: History and Culture
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
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: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: The course offers students a firsthand experience of the historical center of Florence and its quartieri, the four quarters into which the city has been divided since 1252. Each quarter, named after the main church of the district, presents its own particular social, political, and urban characteristics, and these form the central themes of the course. Students will discover the prestigious families, major buildings, artistic masterpieces, economic activities, and historical events that have characterized the development of each quarter from the medieval period to the modern age. Issues discussed include the construction of identity (individual, family, neighborhood, civic); the nature of social capital, networks, and agency; the creation and preservation of community culture; and heritage and transformation. Site visits form an essential part of the learning experience.
Florence in the Literary Imagination
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: LIT 275 F
Marist Code/Title: LIT 332 L : Florence in the Literary Imagination
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: Florence and Tuscany have long occupied a special place in the Anglo-American literary imagination. Since the Renaissance, English literature and culture have been permeated by Italian influences and specifically Tuscan ones. This course will take the student through the early Tuscan influences on English literature to then focus, through the study of travel notes, journals, novel,s and poems, on the works of those authors, both British and American, who were inspired by the Tuscan and Florentine environment. The course will focus on a range of novelists and poets such as P.B. Shelley, George Eliot, Elizabeth Browning, D.H. Lawrence, E.M. Forster, Thomas Harris, Magdalena Nabb, John Mortimer, Sarah Dunant, and Salman Rushdie. Particular attention will also be given to films drawn from novels with Florentine settings - such as Romola (George Eliot) and A Room with a View (E.M. Forster). The works of some Florentine writers such as Dante Alighieri and Vasco Pratolini will be included as well.
Introduction to Ethics
MON 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: PHI 170 F
Marist Code/Title: PHIL 200 L Ethics
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: This course introduces ethics as it has developed in the Western world over the last 2,500 years and as it is analyzed in most of the English-language academy. Much of the course revolves around classroom discussion. Student research may focus either on a particular normative (e.g. should we preserve wilderness?) or meta-ethical (e.g. are ethics grounded in emotions?) issue or another approved topic drawn from current events, literature, poetry or song. Students will present their findings and opinions first to the class, then in the research paper they submit. Course readings will be drawn from a wide range of historical and contemporary sources. Topics include the nature of ethics: the roles of reason and emotion, the role of gender, whether ethics are local or universal — human rights, too? — and theoretical foundations: the individual’s well-being, the welfare of all, fundamental rights and duties, virtues reflected in character, what things a rational agent could agree to. An international slant is privileged in the study of particular cases, such as: duties to help strangers and immigrants, duties to help others at home and abroad, climate change, and foreign intervention.
The Well Examined Life: Key Western Philosophers
WED 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: Donatello
Description: While introducing students to philosophy as a discipline in term of methods, contents, and questions, the course examines the evolution of the main schools of philosophical thought. The focus is on its main thinkers and fundamental concerns from the Middle Ages through the rich debates of the late Renaissance, with its reforms and Age of Science. However, since the ideas of many early Western philosophers were rooted in ancient philosophy, the course begins with the study of some key ideas of Greek, Roman, and Early Christian thinkers. Attention is given to the cross-influences between Catholicism and philosophy that are one of the special traits of the Italian cultural heritage. Among the thinkers analyzed are Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, Dante, Petrarch, Marsilio Ficino, Pico della Mirandola, Machiavelli, Giordano Bruno, and Galileo Galilei.
Globalization and Social Change
TUE 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: POL 250 F
Marist Code/Title: POLI 220 L Globalization and Its Consequences
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: This course critically examines the subject of globalization from a sociological perspective. Globalization in some fashion has been happening for centuries, but never before has it so strongly reshaped society everywhere as today. Through an interdisciplinary approach that combines perspectives from sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, and philosophy, students attain an understanding of some fundamental features of globalization. Exploration of selected substantive topics (case studies) helps root the general in the particular. The concept of globalization; the central themes of changing communications and social networks; the main economic, political, and ideological dimensions of globalization, are analyzed. Emphasis will be given to a set of interconnected themes: the role of capitalism and other systems; the function and effectiveness of institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank; changes in global governance; the relationship between globalization, inequality, and poverty; the fate of cultural diversity in a globalizing world; issues of gender, ethnicity, environment, social justice, and human rights.
International Politics
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
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: Donatello
Description: This course aims at introducing the basic concepts of International Politics and to get acquainted with the most important events in the world and the structure of international relations since the Peace of Westphalia (1648), outlining the main differences between the traditional interstate system and the present global order, with the growing importance of international organizations and of the principles related to peace, democracy, and human rights. This aims at giving students a general overview and an understanding of contemporary world politics, grounded in the idea that international politics are not distant from ordinary people, but, to the contrary, a matter that concerns and can be influenced by the citizens. It is, therefore, important that students are aware of what is happening around the world and of how the same event can be perceived differently by different peoples. In the first part of the course we will examine the importance of studying world politics and the methods to do it. We will also cover the difference between nationalism and globalization, and the growing emergence of international organizations. At the end of this part we will analyze the role of international law and diplomacy. In the second part we will focus on the globalization of economics by studying the main economic organizations and the process of regional integration. Special attention will be given to human rights protection and to international terrorism and the way it is affecting present international relationships.
Love and Natural Selection: Science and Myth
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
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: The aim of this course is to examine the reach and impact Darwin’s theory of natural selection has had on religion, gender, and race and to uncover some common misconceptions about his work. The Origin of Species brought about a profound intellectual revolution not only in the natural but also in the social sciences. Part one of the course examines the building blocks of Darwin's theory and its dissemination, reception, and legacy. Part two examines the theoretical basis of modern evolutionary biology and analyzes some of the most popular (and contested) theories of evolutionary psychology relating to human reproduction, gender, relationships, and beauty. The course further offers a critical study of some evolutionary ideas after Darwin, focusing on eugenics, revealing flaws in modern popular scientific discourse as well as potential limitations to the scientific method and culture. Student presentations will consider Darwin's influence on areas such as art and media and also on our understanding of physical and mental disabilities.
Forensic Psychology
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent. Recommended: PSY 305 Psychology of Crime, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 315 F
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 225 L Forensic Psychology
Site: Florence
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
Description: The course offers an introduction to the field of forensic psychology, starting from the definition of crime and theories on development of criminal and delinquent behavior. Topics include: criminal homicide, stalking, sexual assault, family violence and child abuse. Students will acquire basic knowledge of investigative psychology including geographical and criminal profiling. Special emphasis is given to consulting with courts and the rehabilitation process in correctional facilities.
Yoga: Breathing, Meditation, Spirituality
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 102
FULL
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES. MANDATORY REQUIREMENT: In order to participate in this course students must present a declaration of good health to LdM during the application process
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: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: Exploration of yoga as a historical religious phenomenon, set of physical practices, and also as an element of modern culture; includes both lecture and practical components. We will analyze yoga’s roots in ancient India and such texts as the Upanishad and Pantajali’s Yoga Sutras, as well as its popularity and place in contemporary culture. Students will examine yoga as a spiritual, mental, and physical practice; in other words, as a path to attain spiritual realization and union with the divine, as a quieting and focusing technique, and as a healing and balancing physical exercise. Hence, we will study various breathing (pranayama) and meditation techniques along with ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing system and “science of life.” Included is an overview of such different forms of yoga such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Yin, as well as Laughter, Restorative, Bikram and yoga therapies for eating and addictive disorders. Finally, students will explore the interactions between practitioners of yoga and social, political, and environmental activism.
Organized Crime: Sociology and History of the Italian Mafia
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 102
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: Raffaello
Description: One of a long list of Italian words adopted in many other languages, “Mafia” is now applied to a variety of criminal organizations around the world. This course examines organized crime in Italy in historical, social and cultural perspective, tracing its growth from the nineteenth century to the present. The chief focus is on the Sicilian Mafia as the original and primary form. Similar organizations in other Italian regions, as well as the Mafia in the United States, an outgrowth of Sicilian Mafia, are also considered. The course analyzes sociological aspects of the Mafia including language, message systems, the “code of silence,” the role of violence, structures of power, and social relationships. Also examined are the economics of organized crime and its impact on Italian society and politics.
Ancient Rome
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 200 R
Dual Listing: HIS 200 R
Marist Code/Title: HIST 247 L Ancient Rome
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Augusto
Description: This course offers a general though comprehensive introduction and overview of the 14-century lasting civilization of Ancient Rome, from its origins as a monarchy to the "Fall of Rome" and the beginning of the Middle Ages. Alongside the study of main historical events, a series of themes and issues will be explored: the range of primary sources available for ancient history; the political organization of the Roman state; the territorial expansion and its influence on the cultural and administrative sphere; Roman religion and the spread of Christianity; the end of the Roman world and the birth of a new society; the historiographical "myth of Rome." In order to stimulate students’ critical skills in observing historical phenomena, a problem-oriented approach will be supported by readings of primary sources.
Underground Rome: The Christian Catacombs
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 205 R
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 120 L Intro to Archaeology
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Augusto
Description: The course aims to study and explore the darkest and deepest places beneath the city of Rome: There the still-extant underground web of galleries, shrines and basilicas built during the Early Christian and Early Medieval centuries (c.150-900 CE). Thanks to a number of lectures and onsite classes, students will be able to understand the birth and affirmation of the Christian religion in the capital city of the pagan Roman Empire. The study of archaeological methods and material culture is an essential part of the course, which includes class visits to selected catacombs and related sites.
The Roman Civilization through Its Monuments
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: In collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 207 R
Dual Listing: HIS 207 R
Marist Code/Title: ARCH 150 /ART 208 L Roman Civilization through its Monuments
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Traiano
Description: This course investigates the history of ancient Rome primarily through its monuments — its architecture and urban form. We will consider the mythology of Rome as caput mundi ("the head of the world"), as well as the physical city and its infrastructures in antiquity, from the 8th century BCE to the 5th century CE. Significant architectural examples and monuments will be studied in their original historical, social, and cultural context. The ways in which power was expressed symbolically through building projects and artwork will be addressed during class, which will be held mostly on site in the city and its environs. Key archaeological sites and museums in and around the city of Rome will also form part of the program.
Greek and Roman Mythology
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 216 R
Marist Code/Title: ENG 360 L Ancient Greek Literature
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Marco Aurelio
Description: Greek and Roman gods and heroes, and their stories, have always been a fundamental subject of Western Art and literature, especially since they were rediscovered by Renaissance humanism. The course will examine the major deities of Greek and Roman religion are examined in their historical and archaeological context, focusing on the influence that Greek myths had on the Roman world. The Iliad, The Odyssey, and Roman foundations myths and sagas will be discussed with particular emphasis on the relationship between myth and history. The pictorial narratives, so common in Greek and Roman monuments and objects, will introduce the sophisticated visual language created by the Greeks to tell such elaborate tales. The post-classical afterlife of these myths will also be addressed. Visits to museums, monuments and/or sites will reinforce classroom learning. To know Roman mythology is to understand the real essence of the ideals and aspirations of the great Roman Empire, while in the study of Greek mythology lies the roots of modern psychology.
Magic, Divination, and Ghosts in the Ancient World
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 288 R
Dual Listing: REL 288 R
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Traiano
Description: This course looks at the supernatural (i.e. spirits, ghosts, afterlife, netherworld etc.) and at the different practices through which humans – in ancient cultures – got in touch with, and represented it. A large part of the course will be dedicated to the various aspects of magic and sorcery, along with shamanism, divination, necromancy (evocation of the dead) and curses (namely binding and love curses). Several classes will also be focused on restless dead and ghosts, a privileged medium through which ancient people were believed to get in touch with the beyond. Documentary material, such as reproductions of ancient magical papyri and cursed tablets will be shown, and comparisons will be drawn – when relevant – with modern cultures and folklore.
Anthropology of Violence and Conflict
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: ANT 326 R
Dual Listing: POL 326 R
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 150 L Anthropology of Violence and Conflict
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Traiano
Description: Conflict pervades our daily lives, and violence erupts indirectly or directly into our experience. What is the distinction between the two, and what are intelligent and effective ways to deal with them? In this course students apply concepts from anthropology and political science to the dynamics of conflict and violence, of various types and levels, in contemporary society. The course examines major definitions of violence and conflict, exploring classic and notable theories and debates in the social sciences and other disciplines. A basic distinction between interpersonal and group dynamics receives much attention. Most focus will be upon the “macro” level: the ways in which communities, states, and other associations deal with the escalation of conflict and the real or presumed conditions underlying violence (such as exclusion or asymmetries in power structure). Issues addressed include the impact of globalization, cultural differences, identity and constituency, and the processes leading towards conflict transformation, peace, and reconciliation.
Art in Rome, Ancient to Baroque
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: ART 192 R
Marist Code/Title: ART 102 L Art in Rome, Ancient to Baroque
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Augusto
Description: This survey of art in Rome across two millennia uses Rome itself as an extended, living museum. Students examine four broad periods when Rome was either a major creative center or a reference point: Ancient Roman art, Early Christian and Medieval art, the Renaissance, and the Baroque. About three-quarters of the classes are held onsite in churches, palaces, galleries, and piazzas, with direct experiential learning in the presence of major artworks and monuments. Special focus is given to master artists who worked in Rome, including Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio, and Bernini. Students acquire the essentials of art appreciation and use the basic tools of art history to analyze the materials and making, style, meaning, and cultural context of works of painting, sculpture, and architecture.
Palaces of Rome
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: ART 246 R
Marist Code/Title: ARTL 211 L Palaces of Rome
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Augusto
Description: This course introduces students to the history of the palaces and also selected villas of Rome from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Since public and private palaces had an important role in the life of the city through the centuries, by studying them students have the opportunity to understand not only the development of architectural styles, but also the social, economic, cultural, and political history of Rome,using an interdisciplinary approach to the subject. Works by major architects including Michelangelo, Bramante, and Bernini are examined, and issues such as building function, typology, sources, and urban design are addressed. Site visits form a crucial dimension of the learning experience, and permit students to study the evolution of Roman urban palaces and villas directly before, and inside, a series of representative buildings.
Crossroads of Faith: The Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Heritage of Rome
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: Junior standing and ART 180 Art History I or ART 186 Art History II or equivalents
Notes: In collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ART 348 R
Dual Listing: HIS 348 R
Marist Code/Title: ART 248 L Crossroads of Faith
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Costantino
Description: This course proposes an itinerary from Late Antiquity to Contemporaneity focusing on the artistic production and historical interactions pertinent to non-Catholic religious groups in Rome. It is intended to give students an overview of the main artistic and urbanistic achievements regarding the Jewish community, but also, to a lesser extent, of some of the production relevant to Eastern Christians, Protestants and Muslims. Classes are designed to offer an alternative perspective on the Eternal City, mostly perceived as the cradle of Catholicism. Lessons will cover a range of different topics, such as the analysis of artifacts and texts (manuscripts, prints, textiles, but also legends, midrashim, oral accounts), and it will also include the study of various sites, both thanks to documentary sources (lost buildings, destroyed churches), and through on-site visits (Ghetto, Synagogue, Jewish Museum, Non-Catholic Cemetery, monuments to Giordano Bruno and Giuseppe Garibaldi).
Museum and 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. 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 (due by application deadline) and on-site interview. Student taking an internship must retain full-time status, with a minimum of 15 credits per semester.
Course code: ART 360 R
Marist Code/Title: ART 266 L Museum Experience
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 135
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: External
Description: This internship entails individual work experience in a museum, gallery or church in the Rome area, supervised by a faculty member and the cooperating museum, or curia staff. The internship provides students with practical experience, especially in the field of cultural mediation and museum education, through direct observation of the various activities developed at the hosting museums and churches, individual study and direct participation in guided tours at museums and churches, gallery management in art galleries. Through this experience students have the opportunity to learn and apply professional skills, while directly interacting with institutional staff and the visitors. The intern is monitored by both the onsite supervisor and an LdM faculty member. The grade assigned by the faculty internship supervisor reflects the assessment of weekly reports, two papers, and an overall evaluation. Ten/twelve hours weekly at the internship site; student internship schedules and onsite duties may vary. Please note that the Museum and Gallery internship requires interns to fulfill part of their internship hours on Saturdays. Note: Placement opportunities are limited and subject to change. Admission is contingent on the student's CV, two reference letters, a formal letter of intent. Students who enroll must submit supporting documentation by the application deadline, and acceptance is conditional upon the result of an onsite interview during the first week of the term.
Principles of Finance
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) BUS 178 Principles of Microeconomics; 2) BUS 180 Principles of Macroeconomics; 3) MAT 130 Topics in Mathematics for Liberal Arts, or an introductory course in accounting, or equivalent. Mathematical aptitude is required
Course code: BUS 222 R
Marist Code/Title: ECON 332 N Priniciples of Finance
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Marco Aurelio
Description: This course introduces students to the basic concepts of finance. These include time value of money, valuation and risk, assets, securities, financing long-and short-term, capital markets. Students will also be exposed to basic procedures for the application and interpretation of financial statement analysis. The course will combine the theoretical underpinning of finance with real-world examples, including several case study discussions.
Made in Italy: A Culture of Excellence
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: BUS 283 R
Dual Listing: SOC 283 R
Marist Code/Title: FASH 183 L Made in Italy: A culture of Excellence
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Tito
Description: This course examines the "Made in Italy" phenomenon, emblematic of superlative quality. Home to the most iconic labels, brands, and craftsmanship, Italy is known for both its historic legacy and its present-day excellence in many fields. The course addresses the industries and fields of food and cuisine, fashion, and other areas of design, including industrial and architectural. Italian-made goods and services are an integral part of the Italian economy, society, history, and culture. Since a flow of expertise across time and disciplines seems to distinguish “Made in Italy,” students will connect the latter to patterns of continuity and change in Italian society and examine how the "Made in Italy" phenomenon has impacted the country's social fabric, character, and even mode of living ever since the Industrial Revolution, but, especially, since the post-war era, and how presently globalization is transforming the concept and its social reality. An additional concentration is on the business aspect of the label, in particular, on marketing, branding, and consumer behavior seen from both an Italian and international perspective. In careful consideration of recent developments, the focus may vary from semester to semester. Guest lectures and site visits will form part of this course.
Introduction to Multicultural Education
MON 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: An introductory course in Education, or equivalent
Course code: EDU 350 R
Marist Code/Title: SOC 150 L Culture, Power, and Education
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Education
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Traiano
Description: Provides students with an understanding of the concepts, theories and strategies that constitute the five major dimensions of multicultural education as defined by James A. Banks: equity pedagogy; content integration; knowledge construction process; prejudice reduction; empowerment in school culture and social structure. We will explore these dimensions within the context of the host culture of Italy and analyze these forms of knowledge in terms of cultural differences, inclusions, and exclusions. Students will reflect on and describe how multicultural education connects with their experiences in the communities and in the schools in Italy. Because prior knowledge and cultural experiences shape our beliefs and values, students need to critically analyze their notions of race, culture, and ethnicity. Through immersion and first-hand experiences we will explore and inquire into how culture and different cultural contexts influence one's beliefs and behavior.
Education Internship
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Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) Education or Child/Adolescent Psychology majors of junior standing; 2) Concurrent enrollment in a course in the same or related 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 (due by application deadline) and on-site interview. Student taking an internship must retain full-time status, with a minimum of 15 credits per semester. Public transport costs apply.
Course code: EDU 361 R
Marist Code/Title: EDU 361 N Education Internship
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Education
Credits: 3
Hours: 135
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: External
Description: This internship provides practical and professional experience in the field of Education, for the pre-school, kindergarten, primary, or secondary levels. The intern is monitored by both the onsite supervisor and an LdM faculty member. The grade assigned by the faculty internship supervisor reflects the assessment of weekly reports, two papers, and an overall evaluation. Ten/twelve hours weekly at the internship site; student internship schedules and onsite duties may vary. The placement is with a private school. Interns develop and carry out various activities which may include, but are not limited to: Teaching the English language to children and adolescents aged 3 to 18, organizing didactic plans and activities for children aged 18 months to 3 years. Note: Placement opportunities are limited and subject to change. Admission is contingent on the student's CV, two reference letters, a formal letter of intent. Students who enroll must submit supporting documentation by the application deadline, and acceptance is conditional upon the result of an onsite interview during the first week of the term.
Introduction to Environmental Issues
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: ENV 180 R
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 101 L Introduction to Environmental Issues
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Geography and Environmental Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Costantino
Description: Introduction to ecological concepts that provide a foundation for understanding present and future critical environmental issues such as population growth, natural resource management, biodiversity and global changes, wilderness, food production, and changing habitats. Emphasis is placed on situating global environmental issues within an earth-systems science framework, including climate change, pollution, land and coastal degradation, water resources, and habitat loss.
Italian Food through Culture, Environment, and Sustainability
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: ENV 224 R
Dual Listing: IGC 224 R
Marist Code/Title: CSIT 124 L Italian Food through Culture, Environment & Sustainability
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Geography and Environmental Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Costantino
Description: The course provides an in-depth study of the intrinsic relationships between food, culture, and environment in Italy. The focus is on the finest Italian products, classic Italian recipes, traditions, and eating habits in terms of their cultural-historical significance and evolution over time, from the northern to the southern regions of Italy. Particular emphasis is given to the environmental conditions (such as microclimate and composition of soil) of each geographical origin along with the production process of the foods, which confer uniqueness of flavor and nutritional value. Finally, the history and traditions of “Romanesca” cuisine and the food biodiversity of the Latium region (Lazio) are explored; through field trips students will experience the cuisine as well as its cultural context.
Ancient Rome
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: HIS 200 R
Dual Listing: ANC 200 R
Marist Code/Title: HIST 247 L Ancient Rome
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Augusto
Description: This course offers a general though comprehensive introduction and overview of the 14-century lasting civilization of Ancient Rome, from its origins as a monarchy to the "Fall of Rome" and the beginning of the Middle Ages. Alongside the study of main historical events, a series of themes and issues will be explored: the range of primary sources available for ancient history; the political organization of the Roman state; the territorial expansion and its influence on the cultural and administrative sphere; Roman religion and the spread of Christianity; the end of the Roman world and the birth of a new society; the historiographical "myth of Rome." In order to stimulate students’ critical skills in observing historical phenomena, a problem-oriented approach will be supported by readings of primary sources.
The Roman Civilization through Its Monuments
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: HIS 207 R
Dual Listing: ANC 207 R
Marist Code/Title: ARCH 150 /ART 208 L Roman Civilization through its Monuments
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Traiano
Description: This course investigates the history of ancient Rome primarily through its monuments — its architecture and urban form. We will consider the mythology of Rome as caput mundi ("the head of the world"), as well as the physical city and its infrastructures in antiquity, from the 8th century BCE to the 5th century CE. Significant architectural examples and monuments will be studied in their original historical, social, and cultural context. The ways in which power was expressed symbolically through building projects and artwork will be addressed during classes, which will be held mostly on site in the city and its environs. Key archaeological sites and museums in and around the city of Rome will also form part of the program.
Italy's Contribution to Modern Science
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: mandatory for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics majors
Course code: HIS 281 R
Dual Listing: PHI 281 R
Marist Code/Title: HIST 281/ PHIL 281 L Italy's Contribution to Modern Science
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Marco Aurelio
Description: This course introduces science students to the historic developments of the basic principles and theories of physics, astronomy, engineering, chemistry, medicine and biology. Students learn about the contributions of great Italian natural philosophers and scientists, from the early modern period, through the Enlightenment era, up to today (including Fibonacci, Galileo, Malpighi, and Fermi). The development of the different disciplines is studied in the context of relevant historic events and philosophical belief systems. A specific emphasis is also placed on the development of scientific methodology and principles of ethics in the sciences. Note: Mandatory for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics majors.
Crossroads of Faith: The Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Heritage of Rome
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: Junior standing and ART 180 Art History I or ART 186 Art History II or equivalents
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: HIS 348 R
Dual Listing: ART 348 R
Marist Code/Title: ART 248 L Crossroads of Faith
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Costantino
Description: This course proposes an itinerary from Late Antiquity to Contemporaneity focusing on the artistic production and historical interactions pertinent to non-Catholic religious groups in Rome. It is intended to give students an overview of the main artistic and urbanistic achievements regarding the Jewish community, but also, to a lesser extent, of some of the production relevant to Eastern Christians, Protestants and Muslims. Classes are designed to offer an alternative perspective on the Eternal City, mostly perceived as the cradle of Catholicism. Lessons will cover a range of different topics, such as the analysis of artifacts and texts (manuscripts, prints, textiles, but also legends, midrashim, oral accounts), and it will also include the study of various sites, both thanks to documentary sources (lost buildings, destroyed churches), and through on-site visits (Ghetto, Synagogue, Jewish Museum, Non-Catholic Cemetery, monuments to Giordano Bruno and Giuseppe Garibaldi).
International Terrorism
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: HIS 130 Western Civilization, or POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalents
Course code: HIS 380 R
Dual Listing: POL 380 R
Marist Code/Title: HST 320 L History of Political Terrorism
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Augusto
Description: This course examines the phenomenon of terrorism, which may be defined as the calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals related to political or religious ideology. It addresses questions like the following: What is a terrorist and how should terrorism be defined? What are the motivations behind the use of terrorism and political violence? What are the policies that states are adopting to combat terrorist attacks? What is the future of terrorism and counter-terrorism? The course looks briefly at the "terror regimes" of previous centuries, and then studies the different forms of terrorism in the 21st century in terms of their geopolitical areas and their goals of the destabilization of governments and democratic systems and gaining political independence. The course includes analysis of current events and case studies.
Italian Crime Fiction
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: LIT 220 R
Marist Code/Title: LIT 226 L : Italian Crime Fiction
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Traiano
Description: From the mid-twentieth century, Italian writers such as Gadda and Sciascia began to integrate features of the crime genre into their novels and short stories, to such an extent that mystery became a tool of analysis for contemporary Italian realities. By the 1990's, a new generation of writers such as Camilleri, Ammaniti, and Lucarelli had created an Italian version of this literary genre, the "Italian noir," aiming at revealing unpleasant truths to a vast audience in an entertaining way. The goal of this course is to explore some of the most representative works of the crime fiction genre in contemporary Italian literature. By studying these works, we will be able to investigate contemporary Italy from a socio-cultural perspective. Geographical, historical, political, and linguistic factors are at play, affecting also different forms of organized and unorganized crime, and differences in the relationship between citizens and the law. During the course, Students will also analyze the foreign counterpart of Italian crime fiction, i.e. the the works of authors such as Dibdin, Highsmith, and Harris.
Rome in the Literary Imagination
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: LIT 277 R
Marist Code/Title: ENG 277 L Literary Rome
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Tito
Description: This course will focus on poets, playwrights, and novelists who have been inspired by the Eternal City and on the representations of Rome in their works, from the early 20th century to the present day. As a living monument to the Ancient Roman empire, the capital of modern Italy, and seat of the Vatican, Rome has long captured the imagination of foreign travelers, artists, and writers. The course will survey a range of writings – from travel chronicles and poetry to plays, short stories, and novels. A comparative literary and cultural perspective is built through a course unit dedicated to works of selected modern and contemporary Italian authors in translation. Addressing Italian and non-Italian authors, students pursue the issue of how far Rome may or may not represent “Italianness.” Selected films drawn from literary works receive attention as well.
Italy's Contribution to Modern Science
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: Mandatory for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics majors
Course code: PHI 281 R
Dual Listing: HIS 281 R
Marist Code/Title: HIST 281/ PHIL 281 L Italy's Contribution to Modern Science
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Marco Aurelio
Description: This course introduces science students to the historic developments of the basic principles and theories of physics, astronomy, engineering, chemistry, medicine and biology. Students learn about the contributions of great Italian natural philosophers and scientists, from the early modern period, through the Enlightenment era, up to today (including Fibonacci, Galileo, Malpighi, and Fermi). The development of the different disciplines is studied in the context of relevant historic events and philosophical belief systems. A specific emphasis is also placed on the development of scientific methodology and principles of ethics in the sciences. Note: Mandatory for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics majors.
Contemporary Issues in Bioethics
MON 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: PHI 288 R
Marist Code/Title: PHRS 288 L Contemporary Issues in Bioethics
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Costantino
Description: This course analyzes some of the main ethical arguments and positions related to medical care and biotechnology. After a brief introduction to the history of bioethics, the course explores ethical issues in the practice of health care, including patient autonomy, informed consent, surrogate decision making, truth telling, confidentiality and problems in the allocation of health care resources. The course then focuses on beneficial and non-beneficial clinical research with human subjects and stem cell research, as well as end-of-life issues including palliative care, physician assisted suicide, euthanasia, the foregoing or the withdrawal of treatment and the notion of the sanctity of life. The course examines the main questions regarding the beginning of life, such as pre-natal screening, assisted reproductive technologies and abortion. Finally the course turns to emerging genetic technologies such as personalized medicine and human enhancement. Through both writing and discussion students will learn to think carefully and critically about the merits of competing responses to various bioethical questions. They will also learn to develop and defend their own position on these issues.
Globalization and Social Change
MON 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: POL 250 R
Marist Code/Title: POLI 220 L Globalization and Its Consequences
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Marco Aurelio
Description: This course critically examines the subject of globalization from a sociological perspective. Globalization in some fashion has been happening for centuries, but never before has it so strongly reshaped society everywhere as today. Through an interdisciplinary approach that combines perspectives from sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, and philosophy, students attain an understanding of some fundamental features of globalization. Exploration of selected substantive topics (case studies) helps root the general in the particular. The concept of globalization; the central themes of changing communications and social networks; the main economic, political, and ideological dimensions of globalization, are analyzed. Emphasis will be given to a set of interconnected themes: the role of capitalism and other systems; the function and effectiveness of institutions such as the IMF and the World Bank; changes in global governance; the relationship between globalization, inequality, and poverty; the fate of cultural diversity in a globalizing world; issues of gender, ethnicity, environment, social justice, and human rights.
International Conflict Resolution
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: POL 292 R
Marist Code/Title: POLI 223/ SOC 336 L Social Inequality / International Conflict Resolution
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Marco Aurelio
Description: The course presents concepts and theories related to the peaceful transformation of international violent conflicts, illustrating them with examples taken both by global peace initiatives and Italian experiences in the field. Approaches to International Conflict Resolution have become widely used and discussed in the last decade. New roles and tasks have emerged for international organizations such as the United Nations and the OSCE. At the same time, civil society organizations have increasingly played an important role in conflict resolution, through “second-track” or citizens' diplomacy, conflict sensitive approaches to development, as well as third party nonviolent intervention. In Italy, several peace organizations have their roots in Christian Catholic values. The strong tradition of self-government has also encouraged municipalities and regions to work on development and peace issues. At the end of the course participants will have a clear understanding of international conflict resolution and will have gained an insight into concrete examples from both global and Italian organizations.
Humanitarian Affairs
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: POL 297 R
Marist Code/Title: POSC 213 L Politics of Human Rights
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Traiano
Description: Humanitarian emergencies and international aid are dynamic and increasingly important dimensions of world politics. This introduction to the field focuses on the interaction between international law, politics, and human rights as concerns international relations and peace operations. Students receive a thorough grounding in international humanitarian assistance covering legal aspects and major practical and policy considerations regarding implementation. They also test academic theory against current events in terms of the fundamental humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality, impartiality, and independence. The course briefly retraces and analyzes the concept of “human security” and the highly debated principle of the “right to protect,” both of continuing international relevance. However, the course is practitioner oriented. Students explore primary considerations for implementing humanitarian assistance, including: early warning systems; operational challenges (timely response, unhindered access, etc.); funding; coordination and cooperation; politics; the relationship between humanitarian assistance and longer-term sustainable development. In the process they look at many actors contributing to humanitarian assistance, ranging from the United Nations to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and NGOs. The course outlines the relevant legal framework including international human rights law, international humanitarian law, refugee law, and the international criminal courts. Finally, the course considers categories and persons directly affected by humanitarian crises such as refugees.
Anthropology of Violence and Conflict
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: POL 326 R
Dual Listing: ANT 326 R
Marist Code/Title: ANTH 150 L Anthropology of Violence and Conflict
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Traiano
Description: Conflict pervades our daily lives, and violence erupts indirectly or directly into our experience. What is the distinction between the two, and what are intelligent and effective ways to deal with them? In this course students apply concepts from anthropology and political science to the dynamics of conflict and violence, of various types and levels, in contemporary society. The course examines major definitions of violence and conflict, exploring classic and notable theories and debates in the social sciences and other disciplines. A basic distinction between interpersonal and group dynamics receives much attention. Most focus will be upon the “macro” level: the ways in which communities, states, and other associations deal with the escalation of conflict and the real or presumed conditions underlying violence (such as exclusion or asymmetries in power structure). Issues addressed include the impact of globalization, cultural differences, identity and constituency, and the processes leading towards conflict transformation, peace, and reconciliation.
International Rome: a UN City
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: POL 328 R
Marist Code/Title: POLI 305 L International Rome: UN City
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Traiano
Description: Treating the United Nations in Rome as a case study, this course explores the purposes, background, and operations of international organizations in an age of globalization, the major challenges they face at the international level, and the responses to them of the international community. Studying in Rome will allow students to integrate class learning with first-hand experience of the UN, participating in conferences, meeting UN officials and diplomats and accessing key UN information. Students will discover the policies undertaken by the United Nations and the way they are implemented. The course will survey the UN organizations in Rome: FAO, WFP and IFAD. Students will familiarize themselves with the development priorities of these organizations. They will analyze their work and prepare project drafts that address their assigned issues and goals. Through research, meetings and debate, students will identify strengths and problems of these organizations and develop solutions by evaluating probable consequences of proposed actions.
International Terrorism
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: HIS 130 Western Civilization, or POL 150 Introduction to Political Science, or equivalents
Course code: POL 380 R
Dual Listing: HIS 380 R
Marist Code/Title: HST 320 L History of Political Terrorism
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Augusto
Description: This course examines the phenomenon of terrorism, which may be defined as the calculated use of violence (or threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals related to political or religious ideology. It addresses questions like the following: What is a terrorist and how should terrorism be defined? What are the motivations behind the use of terrorism and political violence? What are the policies that states are adopting to combat terrorist attacks? What is the future of terrorism and counter-terrorism? The course looks briefly at the "terror regimes" of previous centuries, and then studies the different forms of terrorism in the 21st century in terms of their geopolitical areas and their goals of the destabilization of governments and democratic systems and gaining political independence. The course includes analysis of current events and case studies.
Child Psychology
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 210 R
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 317 L Child Development
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Tito
Description: This course is about the study of child development, from the prenatal period through adolescence, examining theories, findings, approaches and methods of developmental psychology. We will explore such questions as: What knowledge do infants have at birth? Is aggressiveness a stable attribute? Does early exposure to two languages confuse children? What do children understand about the causes of emotion? How do infants become attached? Why do school-age children pay more attention to their peers than their parents? Who raises altruistic children? We will cover the major domains of development -- biological, cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional -- putting emphasis on discovering the many different biological and experiential factors that influence behavior, as well as the roles familial and extra familial factors play in the course of early human development. We will look at the causes and methods of reducing aggression, as well as exploring altruism, and moral development. The course will include practical exercises where students will be expected to conduct observations of children in real-life and/or on video, and plan appropriate methods to collect developmental data, with the opportunity to explore the differences between their own culture and Italian culture.
Mind, Brain, and Behavior
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 277 R
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 392 L ST: Mind, Brain and Behavior
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Augusto
Description: This introduction to the science of psychology aims to elucidate the basics of the structure, function, evolution, development, and pathology of the nervous system in relation to human behavior and mental life. Specifically, the course is designed to review integrated and experimentally derived information from many disciplines in order to gain a better understanding of human behavior as a function based on brain structure. Through the course students will learn how human beings perceive and feel the world; how they think, learn, remember and forget; how the emotions and motivations influence behavior; how personality and well-being are structured; how the environment epigenetically influences behavioral outcomes; how the parental behavior may be inter-generationally transmitted to future generations. Each lesson explores the functioning of the nervous system when involved in all these behavioral processes. Emphasis is placed on scientific analysis of recent theories and interpretation of innovative research findings, with the ultimate goal of understanding more about the human mind and behavior from a scientific perspective. This course is relevant to students majoring in all disciplines in which the study of human behavior is important.
Psychology of Crime
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: PSY 150 Introduction to Psychology, or equivalent
Course code: PSY 305 R
Marist Code/Title: PSYC 348 L /CRJU 348 L Psychology of Criminal Behavior
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Tito
Description: This course approaches the knowledge and understanding of criminal behavior and its impact upon individuals and society from developmental, cognitive-behavioral, and other psychological perspectives. The basic premise of this course is that multiple variables affect people’s behavior and for this reason this study requires attention to personality factors and how they interact with situational variables. Topics include: criminological theories, biological and psychological models of criminal behavior, crime and mental disorders, human aggression and violence, sexual assault, and criminal homicide. Students will acquire a new framework for interpreting criminal behavior. Students will be familiarized with different perspectives on criminal behavior as well as etiology, risk factors, assessment, and treatment in relation to different criminal behaviors as well as etiology, risk factors, assessment, and treatment in relation to different criminal behaviors. Recent research findings will be incorporated.
Religion and Culture in Italy
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: REL 284 R
Marist Code/Title: PHRS 221 L Religion and Culture in Italy
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Tito
Description: This course examines the interaction between culture and religion in Italy, above all modern Italy. The peninsula has been the almost uninterrupted home of the Catholic church and the Vatican state, a factor of great importance for centuries and still today in the development of Italian culture and society. At the same time Italy is a relatively young nation, democratic, industrialized, and multicultural. In the lively Italian cultural landscape religion can mean oceanic crowds at sanctuaries or a papal appearance, fierce newspaper debates, small parishes, and Muslims or Christians praying in rented spaces. Italy, indeed, epitomizes key issues in religion and culture generally. Students move between themes of diversity in religious belief and practice, coexistence of communities, continuity of tradition and local heritage, the political interface, secularism, religion in the media and popular culture, national identity, and educational, social and health policies and activities. The course exploits the special opportunity to investigate various religious communities in Rome.
Magic, Divination, and Ghosts in the Ancient World
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: REL 288 R
Dual Listing: ANC 288 R
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Traiano
Description: This course looks at the supernatural (i.e. spirits, ghosts, afterlife, netherworld etc.) and at the different practices through which humans – in ancient cultures – got in touch with, and represented it. A large part of the course will be dedicated to the various aspects of magic and sorcery, along with shamanism, divination, necromancy (evocation of the dead) and curses (namely binding and love curses). Several classes will also be focused on restless dead and ghosts, a privileged medium through which ancient people were believed to get in touch with the beyond. Documentary material, such as reproductions of ancient magical papyri and cursed tablets will be shown, and comparisons will be drawn – when relevant – with modern cultures and folklore.
Italian Family and Society
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: SOC 280 R
Marist Code/Title: SOC 101 L Intro to Sociology
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Tito
Description: The course explores the Italian family from a sociological point of view, placing the family in the context of Italian tradition and culture. It is subdivided into two main sections. In the first section we will begin with a historical analysis of the Italian family from the Romans to the present age, in order to analyze changes and traditions through several centuries. We will see that the patriarchal system underlies the entire history of the Italian family until recent times. We will analyze the meaning of the family at the present time and the importance of marriage in the past and cohabitation in present society. We will also consider key moments of transition in the life cycle of families, such as the constitution of a conjugal agreement, the place of children, divorce, the elderly, and adoption. The impact of immigration on the development of family lifestyles will also be examined. In the second part of the course each class will analyze in detail the individual members of the family. We will investigate the rights and duties of wives, mothers, husbands, fathers, and children in the family and we will evaluate the relationship between tradition and change in the evolution of these roles. We will also compare the traditional and conservative southern family to that of northern Italy.
Made in Italy: A Culture of Excellence
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: SOC 283 R
Dual Listing: BUS 283 R
Marist Code/Title: FASH 183 L Made in Italy: A culture of Excellence
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Sociology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Tito
Description: This course examines the "Made in Italy" phenomenon, emblematic of superlative quality. Home to the most iconic labels, brands, and craftsmanship, Italy is known for both its historic legacy and its present-day excellence in many fields. The course addresses the industries and fields of food and cuisine, fashion, and other areas of design, including industrial and architectural. Italian-made goods and services are an integral part of the Italian economy, society, history, and culture. Since a flow of expertise across time and disciplines seems to distinguish “Made in Italy,” students will connect the latter to patterns of continuity and change in Italian society and examine how the "Made in Italy" phenomenon has impacted the country's social fabric, character, and even mode of living ever since the Industrial Revolution, but, especially, since the post-war era, and how presently globalization is transforming the concept and its social reality. An additional concentration is on the business aspect of the label, in particular, on marketing, branding, and consumer behavior seen from both an Italian and international perspective. In careful consideration of recent developments, the focus may vary from semester to semester. Guest lectures and site visits will form part of this course.
Travel Writing
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: WRI 150 Writing for College, or equivalent
Course code: WRI 290 R
Marist Code/Title: ENG 245 L Travel Writing
Site: Rome
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Writing
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via XX Settembre, 4
Room: Costantino
Description: Throughout history, Italy has inspired writers and poets to wax lyrical as few other countries have done. Countless English-language novels, stories, and poems have woven a bel paese of words around the Italian experience. This course provides an opportunity for students to focus first-hand on the art and craft of travel writing, with particular emphasis on cities in Italy, but also with excursions into other worlds -- real or imaginary. Through reading, writing, and visits in and around the city center, students will explore places of historic, artistic, cultural, and personal interest. They will learn "by example" from a selection of great travel literature about the world in general, and about Italy in particular. And they will learn "by doing," via a series of guided exercises and assignments that explore the distinctive qualities of travel writing – its combination of history, culture, information, rumination, musings, and memory – and the ways in which this particular art can lead to a deeper understanding of their own experiences and cultural identity.
Wine Business and Marketing
MON 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
Course code: BUS 252 T
Dual Listing: IGC 252 T
Marist Code/Title: BUS 351 L Wine Business and Marketing
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Paolo Buzzurro
Description: This course explores the business and marketing of wine, with special focus on U.S. markets. In this course students learn skills that help equip them to take on such roles. Given the notable diversity and quality of Italian wines, students examine issues of sourcing, shipment chains and trading channels, and market impact. The course includes business simulations, and students produce a start-up or marketing project.
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: COM 388 N ST: Social Media Marketing
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: This course covers the planning and integration of social media into marketing plans and it will explain how to build winning strategies and how to track their effectiveness. This includes learning about fundamental marketing concepts that are relevant to the digital world and acquiring new skills for creating and implementing successful marketing campaigns, online strategies and operations pursued through new media. Students will be introduced to the most popular social media platforms and will learn about the differences between specific media tools and the different purposes of operations pursued through each of them and their proper use to expand business and engage with online customers. In this course, students will be able to build effective digital tactics and gain skills to become social media managers.
Marketing/Advertising Internship
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Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) Marketing/Advertising majors of junior standing with at least 2-3 prior courses in the field; 2) Concurrent enrollment in a course in the same field; 3) Elementary Italian 1 completed (ITL 101 level) and concurrent enrollment in an Italian class (ITL/ITC). Recommended: Social networking experience.
Notes: min. 135 hrs INTERNSHIP. Placement opportunities are limited. Admission contingent on the student's CV, two reference letters, formal letter of intent, sample of marketing work (due by application deadline) onsite interview and Italian language placement test. Student taking an internship must retain full-time status, with a minimum of 15 credits per semester.
Course code: BUS 361 T
Marist Code/Title: BUS 397N Business Internship
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 135
Premises: TBA
Room: External
Description: This internship provides practical and professional experience in the fields of Marketing and Advertising. The intern is monitored by both the onsite supervisor and an LdM faculty member. The grade assigned by the faculty internship supervisor reflects the assessment of weekly reports, two papers, and an overall evaluation. Ten/twelve hours weekly at the internship site; student internship schedules, and onsite duties may vary. The placement is at a local business. Interns develop and carry out various activities which may include, but are not limited to: market research; developing marketing, price, distribution and promotional strategies; creating advertisements for local and international print and e-publications; newsletters, mailing lists; Web site content and social media management. Note: Placement opportunities are limited and subject to change. Admission is contingent on the student's CV, two reference letters, a formal letter of intent, a sample of marketing work (i.e., blog writing, social media campaign example, press release, advertising project). Students who enroll must submit supporting documentation by the application deadline, and acceptance is conditional upon the result of an onsite interview and an Italian language placement test during the first week of the term. Fluency in Italian is advantageous.
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: COM 388 L ST: Social Media Marketing
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: This course covers the planning and integration of social media into marketing plans and it will explain how to build winning strategies and how to track their effectiveness. This includes learning about fundamental marketing concepts that are relevant to the digital world and acquiring new skills for creating and implementing successful marketing campaigns, online strategies and operations pursued through new media. Students will be introduced to the most popular social media platforms and will learn about the differences between specific media tools and the different purposes of operations pursued through each of them and their proper use to expand business and engage with online customers. In this course, students will be able to build effective digital tactics and gain skills to become social media managers.
Communication in Public Administration Internship
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Section: 101
OPEN
Prerequisites: Advanced Italian 1 completed (ITL 301 level) and concurrent enrollment in an Italian class (ITL/ITC). Recommended: Strong writing and communication skills; translation experience
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 onsite interview. Check exact requirements in catalog. Student taking an internship must retain full-time status, with a minimum of 15 credits per semester.
Course code: COM 364 T
Dual Listing: ITC 364 T
Marist Code/Title: COM 308 N /ITAL 364L International Communication Internship
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 135
Premises: TBA
Room: External
Description: This internship provides professional experience in the field of Communications at a prestigious public office. The intern is monitored by both the onsite supervisor and an LdM faculty member. The grade assigned by the faculty internship supervisor reflects the assessment of weekly reports, two papers, and an overall evaluation. Ten/twelve hours weekly at the internship site; student internship schedules and onsite duties may vary. The internship provides an inside look into Tuscania's Public Administration. With this unique experience the students establish themselves as part of a communications team and learn valuable technical skills, while providing information to the English speaking community of Tuscania. Interns develop and carry out various activities which include, but are not limited to: translating important news and announcements from Italian into English; finding the main points of an official document and making a short summary of those points for online publication; using specific databases and updating a bilingual Web site; drafting translations from English into Italian. Note: Placement opportunities are limited and subject to change. Admission is contingent on the student's CV, two reference letters, a writing sample in English, a formal letter of intent in Italian. Students who enroll must submit supporting documentation by the application deadline, and acceptance is conditional upon the result of an Italian language placement test and an onsite interview during the first week of the term. Proficiency in Italian is required. Since the translations are from Italian into English, high proficiency in writing and reading English is expected.
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: ENSC 290 L Sustainable Forest Management
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Geography and Environmental Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: Forests are a unique feature of our planet: a symbol of life, a necessary part of our environment, economy, culture, and traditions. Forests provide us with food, water, renewable energy and shelter, as well as a wide range of other products and intangible benefits. They are home to many species of plants and animals, help mitigate climate change, protect the soil, evoke emotions, and offer places for recreation and inspiration. Forest protect us and keep us alive – but forests need to be protected, too. This is especially true for temperate forests, such as those in Europe and North America, since they have been influenced by human settlements and activities over many centuries. The protection of forests, a key part of modern forestry science, is central to this course. The basics of forestry including tree biology and the ecology of forests, are covered. Additional topics include how to identify trees, harvesting forests, and forest protection. Appropriate field trips and practical activities will help students understand how a forest works and how we can manage it in a sustainable and effective way.
Sustainable Food
WED 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: lecture only, no hands-on cooking component
Course code: ENV 280 T
Dual Listing: IGC 280 T
Marist Code/Title: ENSC 250 L Eco-Gastronomy: Sustainable Food
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Geography and Environmental Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: This course explores food and gastronomy in the light of environmental preservation, sustainable agricultural practices, the conservation of biological and culinary diversity and global justice. Drawing on a multi-disciplinary perspective which brings together academic research and the traditional knowledge of farmers and producers, students will explore the complexity of food and food systems through an analysis of their nutritional, social, and environmental aspects. They will be encouraged to reflect on the sustainable food movement in a holistic manner, and to question the roles of individuals and consumers in today's global food system.
Medieval Civilization and Culture
TUE 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Course code: HIS 212 T
Marist Code/Title: HST 248/ ART 245 L Medieval Civilization and Culture
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: This course explores the remarkable series of transitions that Western civilization underwent between the years 313 and 1400 CE, dates corresponding to Emperor Constantine’s official acceptance of Christianity, and the advent of humanistic culture. In culture, politics, and society, this long period witnessed a reorientation of values and enormous shifts in the configuration of Europe. In the visual arts, efforts to interpret classical artistic language were accompanied by innovative contributions from different cultures. As students study historical and literary sources, archaeology as well as architecture, sculpture and painting, they acquire a chronological map of the essential developments, learning to distinguish between eras, and to interrelate political, social, economic, and cultural trends. Rejecting the popular notion of a "dark age" of culture in the Middle Ages, we shall emphasize the concept of historic evolution. Topics include: the Late Roman Empire, the Barbarian invasions, monasticism, medieval Christianity, the Crusades, the rise of the Italian city-states, the Black Death, and the roots of the Renaissance; Early Christian, Carolingian, Ottoman, Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic Art. Italian developments and monuments receive special attention, and site visits in Tuscania, neighboring towns (such as Viterbo, Bolsena, Orvieto), and Rome, form an essential component of the course.
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: LIT 333L Italian Grand Tour
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: This course is an introduction to the literature generated by the "Grand Tour" experiences between the 18th and the 19th centuries and to its continuation and development in the 20th century. The main focus will be the textual analysis of the memoirs, letters and diaries written by some of the most famous artists, writers, and intellectuals who resided and traveled in Italy. Our selection will include British, German and American writers. Another important aspect of the course will be the study of the history, the works of art, the monuments, and the folklore events of the main Grand Tour destinations: Venice, Florence, Rome. Students will learn about the different experiences of famous foreign travelers in Italy through the centuries and will be able to understand some stereotypes, prejudices, and idealized views about Italy and Italians that still survive.
Child Psychology
WED 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 101
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: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Beatrice
Description: This course is about the study of child development, from the prenatal period through adolescence, examining theories, findings, approaches and methods of developmental psychology. We will explore such questions as: What knowledge do infants have at birth? Is aggressiveness a stable attribute? Does early exposure to two languages confuse children? What do children understand about the causes of emotion? How do infants become attached? Why do school-age children pay more attention to their peers than their parents? Who raises altruistic children? We will cover the major domains of development -- biological, cognitive, linguistic, social, and emotional -- putting emphasis on discovering the many different biological and experiential factors that influence behavior, as well as the roles familial and extra familial factors play in the course of early human development. We will look at the causes and methods of reducing aggression, as well as exploring altruism, and moral development. The course will include practical exercises where students will be expected to conduct observations of children in real-life and/or on video, and plan appropriate methods to collect developmental data, with the opportunity to explore the differences between their own culture and Italian culture.
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 students must present a declaration of good health during the application process
Course code: REL 224 T
Marist Code/Title: REST 215 L Religions of India
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: Exploration of yoga as a historical religious phenomenon, set of physical practices, and also as an element of modern culture; includes both lecture and practical components. We will analyze yoga’s roots in ancient India and such texts as the Upanishad and Pantajali’s Yoga Sutras, as well as its popularity and place in contemporary culture. Students will examine yoga as a spiritual, mental, and physical practice; in other words, as a path to attain spiritual realization and union with the divine, as a quieting and focusing technique, and as a healing and balancing physical exercise. Hence, we will study various breathing (pranayama) and meditation techniques along with ayurveda, an ancient Indian healing system and “science of life.” Included is an overview of such different forms of yoga such as Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Kundalini, Yin, as well as Laughter, Restorative, Bikram and yoga therapies for eating and addictive disorders. Finally, students will explore the interactions between practitioners of yoga and social, political, and environmental activism.
Religion and Culture in Italy
MON 5:00 PM-7:30 PM
Section: 101
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: REL 284 T
Marist Code/Title: PHRS 221 L Religion and Culture in Italy
Site: Tuscania
Session: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Religious Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tymicha
Description: This course examines the interaction between culture and religion in Italy, above all modern Italy. The peninsula has been the almost uninterrupted home of the Catholic church and the Vatican State, a factor of great importance for centuries and still today in the development of Italian culture and society. At the same time Italy is a relatively young nation, democratic, industrialized, and multicultural. In the lively Italian cultural landscape religion can mean oceanic crowds at sanctuaries or a papal appearance, fierce newspaper debates, small parishes, and Muslims or Christians praying in rented spaces. Italy, indeed, epitomizes key issues in religion and culture generally. Students move between themes of diversity in religious belief and practice, coexistence of communities, continuity of tradition and local heritage, the political interface, secularism, religion in the media and popular culture, national identity, and educational, social, and health policies and activities. The course exploits the special opportunity to investigate various religious communities in Italy.
Travel Writing
WED 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Section: 101
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: FALL
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Writing
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Largo della Rocca 7
Room: Tina
Description: Throughout history, Italy has inspired writers and poets to wax lyrical as few other countries have done. Countless English-language novels, stories, and poems have woven a bel paese of words around the Italian experience. This course provides an opportunity for students to focus first-hand on the art and craft of travel writing, with particular emphasis on cities in Italy, but also with excursions into other worlds -- real or imaginary. Through reading, writing, and visits in and around the city center, students will explore places of historic, artistic, cultural, and personal interest. They will learn "by example" from a selection of great travel literature about the world in general, and about Italy in particular. And they will learn "by doing," via a series of guided exercises and assignments that explore the distinctive qualities of travel writing – its combination of history, culture, information, rumination, musings, and memory – and the ways in which this particular art can lead to a deeper understanding of their own experiences and cultural identity.
Florentia: The Ancient Roots of Florence
MON to FRI 2:00 PM-4:55 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 215 F
Dual Listing: HIS 215 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 46
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 I: Antiquity to Early Renaissance
MON to FRI 9:00 AM-11:55 AM
Section: 401
OPEN
Course code: ART 180 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 46
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Calvino
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 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.
Art History II: High Renaissance to the Present
MON to FRI 9:00 AM-11:55 AM
Section: 401
OPEN
Course code: ART 186 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 46
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.
Palaces of Florence
MON to FRI 9:00 AM-11:55 AM
Section: 401
OPEN
Course code: ART 245 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
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-11:55 AM
Section: 401
OPEN
Course code: BUS 210 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 46
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.
Wine Business & Marketing
MON to FRI 2:00 PM-4:55 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 'My Two Italies' program
Course code: BUS 252 F
Dual Listing: IGC 252 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 46
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.
International Marketing
MON to FRI 9:00 AM-11:55 AM
Section: 401
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or equivalent
Course code: BUS 312 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 46
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
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.
Luxury Brand Management
MON to FRI 9:00 AM-11:55 AM
Section: 401
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:
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: TBA
Room: TBA
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.
New Media: Communication in the Digital Age
MON to FRI 2:00 PM-4:55 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Course code: COM 182 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 46
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Calvino
Description: “Mass media” have existed for centuries, but what does the term signify today? In decades past, they consisted of physical, paper newspapers, radio, and television; but the digital age has introduced new devices for receiving and sharing information (laptops, digital cameras, smart phones, iPods, iPads) and new virtual locations (blogs, chat rooms, social networks, online shops, peer-to-peer platforms) that are supposedly shaped around our desires and interests, but which we often come to perceive as imposed “needs.” We explore the causes and effects of the digital revolution, the features and functions of the principal digital communications devices (and sites), and how they have impacted us as citizens, artists, professionals, and individuals.
Love and Natural Selection: Science and Myth
MON to FRI 2:00 PM-4:55 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Course code: GND 280 F
Dual Listing: PSY 280 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 46
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-4:55 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: HIS 215 F
Dual Listing: ANC 215 F
Marist Code/Title:
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.
Romeo and Juliet: a Love story across the Arts
MON to FRI 2:00 PM-4:55 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation
Course code: LIT 273 F
Dual Listing: PER 273 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 46
Premises: TBA
Room: TBA
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.
International Politics
MON to FRI 9:00 AM-11:55 AM
Section: 401
OPEN
Course code: POL 288 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science and International Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 46
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
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?
Love and Natural Selection: Science and Myth
MON to FRI 2:00 PM-4:55 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Course code: PSY 280 F
Dual Listing: GND 280 F
Marist Code/Title:
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?
Organizational Psychology: Understanding Workplace Dynamics
MON to FRI 2:00 PM-4:55 PM
Section: 401
OPEN
Prerequisites: Junior standing
Course code: PSY 302 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: JANUARY INTERSESSION
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Psychology
Credits: 3
Hours: 46
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: How does psychology apply to the workplace? How are professional results linked to the mental and emotional states of those tasked with achieving them? We examine individual behavior, group functioning, and organizational processes and dynamics through lectures, experiential exercises, readings, case studies, reflections, and groupwork. Topics include self-awareness, conflict management, communication and the impact of technology, dealing with uncertainty, substance abuse within an organization, and individual and organizational growth. Students develop critical acumen and creativity in seeking implementable, effective solutions to real workplace problems.
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:
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.
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:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Caravaggio
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:
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 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: ANC 216 F
Marist Code/Title:
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.
Co(ok)quinarius: Ancient Sources of Italian Cuisine
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES; 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:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Ancient Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Buontalenti
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.”
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:
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.
Italian Identity Across Food and Culture
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: lecture only, no hands-on cooking component.
Course code: ANT 198 F
Dual Listing: IGC 198 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
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.
Co(ok)quinarius: Ancient Sources of Italian Cuisine
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES; 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:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Anthropology
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Buontalenti
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.
History of Architecture
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: ART 165 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
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.
Art History I: Antiquity to Early Renaissance
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: ART 180 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
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 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.
Art History II: High Renaissance to the Present
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: ART 186 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
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.
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:
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.
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:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
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?
The World of Museums: Museology
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: ART 230 F
Marist Code/Title:
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.
Palaces of Florence
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: ART 245 F
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: 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.
Palaces of Florence
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 202
OPEN
Course code: ART 245 F
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: 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.
The Princely Renaissance: Art at the Italian Courts
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: ART 276 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: We explore the flourishing of the arts at many of the most dynamic 15th-century Italian courts. Our analysis goes beyond a strictly art historical approach to embrace the full array of courtly institutions–the chivalric tradition, hunting, jousting, scholarship, festivities–that influenced and was influenced by the visual arts. We investigate the special patronage conditions that played a major role in dictating the nature of Renaissance art in these contexts, and look at how artists’ personal styles were affected. How did art for princes differ from the production based in the Italian republics of the age? Though our main focus will be on figures such as Pisanello, Mantegna, Francesco Cossa, Piero della Francesca, Laurana, Alberti, and their work in Ferrara, Mantua, Urbino and Rimini, we also compare these Italian princely milieus to their counterparts in northern Europe.
Visual Culture in Italy Since 1945 (Art, Design, Media)
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: ART 277 F
Dual Listing: COM 277 F
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: Machiavelli
Description: What do Vespa scooters, Vittorio De Sica's neorealist movies, Gucci’s bamboo bag, Gio Ponti’s “Superleggera” chair, Giuseppe Cavalli’s photos of southern Italian trulli, and Alberto Burri’s canvases spattered with tar have in common? Is there such thing as a shared “Italian” visual culture? We explore this question with a communications-based approach to visual culture in post-World War II Italy. Our subjects are works of contemporary art and design, conceived as communicators of cultural messages that blur the often-artificial distinction between these two fields. Case studies highlight how designers, directors, and artists influenced one another and even collaborated directly, instances in which theory took a back seat to process and context. Students will find inspiration in these concrete paths to innovation.
Lifestyle in Renaissance Florence
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: ART 280 F
Dual Listing: HIS 280 F
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: Machiavelli
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 Artists: From the Renaissance to the Present
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
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:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Masaccio
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 socio-historical 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 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
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:
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.
International Art Business
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
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:
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: 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.
Images and Words
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) Junior standing; 2) ART 186 Art History II, or equivalent
Course code: ART 355 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Art History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Firenze
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.
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:
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 the managing of collections 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.
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:
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?
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:
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.
Foundations of Management
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: BUS 195 F
Marist Code/Title:
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.
Principles of Marketing
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: BUS 210 F
Marist Code/Title:
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.
Principles of Finance
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) BUS 178 Principles of Microeconomics; 2) BUS 180 Principles of Macroeconomics; 3) MAT 130 Topics in Mathematics for Liberal Arts, or an introductory course in accounting, or equivalent. Mathematical aptitude is required
Course code: BUS 222 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: This course introduces students to the basic concepts of finance. These include time value of money, valuation and risk, assets, securities, financing long-and short-term, capital markets. Students will also be exposed to basic procedures for the application and interpretation of financial statement analysis. The course will combine the theoretical underpinning of finance with real-world examples, including several case study discussions.
Event Planning
MON 6:00 PM-7:40 PM / WED 6:00 PM-7:40 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: contact hours may include a mandatory final event held outside regular class hours. The day/time of the event will be announced early in the term.
Course code: BUS 232 F
Dual Listing: COM 232 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Puccini
Description: Event planning is a field that is detail-oriented and communication-dependent: managing relations with vendors, negotiating contracts, fundraising, budgeting, ethics, and other aspects. We explore the range of knowledge, procedures and techniques that form the backbone of this profession. How are events created and organized? What are the best ways to find sponsors? How do you market different types of events? Students research topics such as products, competition, and target markets to determine the best possible exposure and success. They then have the opportunity to organize of an actual event, possibly in collaboration with students from other departments: an event of their own choice, linked to an aspect of local Italian culture, which they see through from planning and development to implementation (including contingency plans and logistics).
China's Development and the Global Shift
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: None; POL 150 Introduction to Political Science and BUS 180 Principles of Macroeconomics, or equivalents, are recommended
Course code: BUS 240 F
Dual Listing: POL 240 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Dante
Description: Why is China so central to the current world economy? Is its growth rate sustainable? Can the Chinese model be exported, and if so, what are its short and long-term costs? Understanding the history of Chinese economic reform, its political, environmental, and social context, and its implications is crucial to understanding the contemporary world. We explore the mechanisms and consequences of modern Chinese economic development and China’s role in the global economy. Our focus will be on the period following 1978, when China began its dramatic transformation from a planned to a market economy. Major topics and themes include the historical and institutional background of modern China, the country’s geopolitical “rise,” and key foreign relations issues.
Wine Business & Marketing
TUE 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; or concurrent enrollment in 'My Two Italies' program
Course code: BUS 252 F
Dual Listing: IGC 252 F
Marist Code/Title:
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.
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:
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.
Crosscultural Communication in the Workplace
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: BUS 270 F
Dual Listing: COM 271 F
Marist Code/Title:
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.
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:
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?
International Art Business
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
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:
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: 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.
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:
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.
Global Business and Society
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
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:
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.
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:
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: 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 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or equivalent
Course code: BUS 312 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
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:
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.
Corporate Finance
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) MAT 150 Calculus I or Calculus with Management Applications; 2) An introductory accounting course; 3) BUS 222 Principles of Finance. Mathematical aptitude is required
Course code: BUS 345 F
Marist Code/Title:
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? Question 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 3:00 PM-5:30 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:
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.
Marketing/Advertising Internship
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Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) Marketing/Advertising 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. 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, sample of marketing work (due by application deadline) and onsite interview. Public transport costs may apply. Student taking an internship must retain full-time status, with a minimum of 15 credits per semester.
Course code: BUS 361 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 1
Hours: 135
Premises: Piazza S. Firenze, 5
Room: External
Description: A practical, professional experience at a communications agency in Florence, or a local business in Tuscania. Interns participate in activities including market research, developing marketing, price, distribution and promotional strategies, creating ads for local and international print and e-publications, issuing newsletters and mailing lists, creating website content, and managing social media. 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, a sample of marketing work (i.e., blog writing, social media campaigns, press releases, advertising projects). Supporting documentation must be submitted by application deadline, and acceptance is subject to an onsite interview during first week of term.
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:
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:
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:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: International Business
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Stone
Description: A broad introduction to the global financial system. We explore the dynamics of the main North and South American, European, and Asian financial markets, the nature and goals of key financial institutions, and the crucial role of central banks and regulatory agencies. Another focus is an in-depth analysis of the global economic and financial crisis of 2008, and the new global financial architecture it produced. What caused the crisis and what were its consequences? How did various governments intervene in reaction to it, and what results, whether positive or negative, did they achieve? Other topics include key financial instruments such as bonds, equity, and pooled funds.
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:
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.
Presentation and Public Speaking
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: COM 105 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: 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
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: COM 130 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: 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.
New Media: Communication in the Digital Age
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: COM 182 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: Dante
Description: “Mass media” have existed for centuries, but what does the term signify today? In decades past, they consisted of physical, paper newspapers, radio, and television; but the digital age has introduced new devices for receiving and sharing information (laptops, digital cameras, smart phones, iPods, iPads) and new virtual locations (blogs, chat rooms, social networks, online shops, peer-to-peer platforms) that are supposedly shaped around our desires and interests, but which we often come to perceive as imposed “needs.” We explore the causes and effects of the digital revolution, the features and functions of the principal digital communications devices (and sites), and how they have impacted us as citizens, artists, professionals, and individuals.
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:
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:
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.
Event Planning
MON 6:00 PM-7:40 PM / WED 6:00 PM-7:40 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: contact hours may include a mandatory final event held outside regular class hours. The day/time of the event will be announced early in the term.
Course code: COM 232 F
Dual Listing: BUS 232 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 60
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Puccini
Description: Event planning is a field that is detail-oriented and communication-dependent: managing relations with vendors, negotiating contracts, fundraising, budgeting, ethics, and other aspects. We explore the range of knowledge, procedures and techniques that form the backbone of this profession. How are events created and organized? What are the best ways to find sponsors? How do you market different types of events? Students research topics such as products, competition, and target markets to determine the best possible exposure and success. They then have the opportunity to organize of an actual event, possibly in collaboration with students from other departments: an event of their own choice, linked to an aspect of local Italian culture, which they see through from planning and development to implementation (including contingency plans and logistics).
Media Ethics
MON 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: COM 245 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: 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 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: BUS 210 Principles of Marketing, or equivalent; sophomore standing. A prior course in Communications is recommended.
Notes: Lecture course only, no hands-on component
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: Dante
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 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: COM 271 F
Dual Listing: BUS 270 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: 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.
Visual Culture in Italy Since 1945 (Art, Design, Media)
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: COM 277 F
Dual Listing: ART 277 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Machiavelli
Description: What do Vespa scooters, Vittorio De Sica's neorealist movies, Gucci’s bamboo bag, Gio Ponti’s “Superleggera” chair, Giuseppe Cavalli’s photos of southern Italian trulli, and Alberto Burri’s canvases spattered with tar have in common? Is there such thing as a shared “Italian” visual culture? We explore this question with a communications-based approach to visual culture in post-World War II Italy. Our subjects are works of contemporary art and design, conceived as communicators of cultural messages that blur the often-artificial distinction between these two fields. Case studies highlight how designers, directors, and artists influenced one another and even collaborated directly, instances in which theory took a back seat to process and context. Students will find inspiration in these concrete paths to innovation.
Sports, Culture, and Communication
WED 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing
Course code: COM 282 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: Sports can be a powerful communicator. Athletes can transmit cultural values, promote health and disease prevention, and support efforts toward social integration. We explore why sports is such a powerful mouthpiece for so many potential messages, and the many channels through which this communication occurs. How do people interpret and act on this information, and what is the place of amateur and professional sports in the broader social context? Specific topics include nationalism and civic pride, health and wellness, social deviance, gender, race, social stratification, sports in higher education, and politics. Students examine both written texts and films that highlight the importance of sports in society. Particular emphasis on approaches to sports in Italy and Europe, and how they compare with the U.S.
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:
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
Public Relations
TUE 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 202
OPEN
Prerequisites: COM 130 Introduction to Communications, or equivalents
Course code: COM 300 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: 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
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 202
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:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
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.
Communication and Leadership
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: COM 130 Introduction to Communications or equivalent
Course code: COM 304 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: Masaccio
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 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 202
OPEN
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing
Course code: COM 306 F
Marist Code/Title:
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:
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.
Integrated Marketing Communication
WED 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 202
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:
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 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: COM 352 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Sergio Leone
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.
Global Media Strategies
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) COM 313 Integrated Marketing Communication or COM 204 Advertising Principles; 2) COM 300 Public Relations, or equivalents
Course code: COM 360 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: In an age in which our target market is often the world, what constitutes a winning media strategy? How can both traditional and new media be harnessed to develop captivating content through all stages of the customer relationship cycle? We examine how to develop, measure, and improve multi-channel communications strategies for acquiring new customers, retaining existing ones, encouraging repeat purchases, and building long-term, profitable relationships. Students gain familiarity with analyzing media usage habits, a key tool in discovering the best ways to reach and dialogue with new and existing customers.
Communications Internship
-
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) English/Writing/Journalism majors of junior standing; 2) Concurrent enrollment in a course in the same field; 3) Excellent written English. Recommended: Strong communication skills, and fluency in Italian
Notes: min. 135 hrs INTERNSHIP. Placement opportunities are limited. Admission contingent on the student's CV, two reference letters, formal letter of intent, writing sample (due by application deadline) and onsite interview. Public transport costs may apply. Student taking an internship must retain full-time status, with a minimum of 15 credits per semester.
Course code: COM 362 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 hands-on, professional experience at a communications agency. Interns perform tasks that may include writing new articles and updating and/or adapting preexisting articles in various media formats, database entry, contributing to blogs, social media, and websites, and developing new projects. 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, a writing sample. Supporting documentation must be submitted by the application deadline, and acceptance is subject to an onsite interview during the first week of the term.
Communications / Event Planning Internship
-
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: 1) Communications / PR / Marketing / 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 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, writing sample (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: COM 367 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 with an event management company. Interns perform tasks that may include conceptualizing and organizing commercial and non-profit events independently or as part of a team, writing event proposals, assisting with logistics, communication, marketing and fundraising, working on social media campaigns, and assisting in clerical and administrative tasks. 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, a writing sample. Supporting documentation must be submitted by the application deadline, and acceptance is subject to an onsite interview during the first week of the term.
Social Media Marketing Internship
-
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:
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.
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.
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:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Caravaggio
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.
Capping: Communications Studies
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: Communications majors of senior standing
Course code: COM 461 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Communications
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via Faenza, 69/R
Room: Firenze
Description: A capping course required of all senior Communications majors. It ties together the various elements in a student’s course of study and academic experience, uniting the various sub-fields in which students have specialized and reinforcing the connections between them and the applications of these subjects in their professional future.
Introduction to Environmental Issues
WED 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: ENV 180 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
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.
Sustainable Food and the New Global Challenge
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: lecture only, no hands-on cooking component
Course code: ENV 280 F
Dual Listing: IGC 280 F
Marist Code/Title:
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?
Women and Equality: Policy Matters
TUE 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
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:
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: 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.
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:
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
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
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:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Masaccio
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 socio-historical 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 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 in Religion
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: GND 286 F
Dual Listing: REL 286 F
Marist Code/Title:
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: How do sacred texts and rituals define who we are and our roles as men and women? What do religious traditions teach communities about gender, bodies, sexuality, and the divine? Women have been defined by, harmed by, excluded from, but also enriched by religions. We consider the difficult question of gender (im)balances from within the 3 major monotheistic religions, examining both how they influence women and how women as individual participants or feminist religious scholars, can influence them. Traditional religious beliefs and values will be examined from an interfaith, Gender Studies perspective, providing the resources to understand, evaluate, and, potentially, challenge the gender-exclusive languages and institutions within religious communities and in the public sphere.
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:
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
Notes: in collaboration with CAMNES
Course code: GND 302 F
Marist Code/Title:
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.
Female Characters in 20th Century Fiction
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: A prior course in Literature and/or Women's/Gender Studies
Course code: GND 303 F
Dual Listing: LIT 303 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Gender Studies
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Molly in James Joyce’s Ulysses; Connie in D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover; Sarah in John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman; and Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita: some of the most interesting and significant female characters in 20th-century European and American fiction were created by men writers. We compare and contrast these protagonists with those created by women authors, including Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, Anna in Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook, Christa Wolf’s Cassandra, or Villanelle in Jeanette Winterson’s The Passion. What can a Gender Studies approach tell us about these characters and the different interpretations of womanhood given by their authors? How can we overcome the limitations of critical theory and learn to appreciate the fact that great literature can never be reduced to a mere system?
The Making of Modern Europe from Antiquity to the French Revolution
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: HIS 150 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Leonardo
Description: The long history of the economic, social, political, and cultural changes in European societies from the rise of Mediterranean civilizations to the French Revolution. What were the turning points in European history, and where can we locate the historical roots of contemporary European states? Key topics include the influence of Roman civilization on later empires and states, the evolution of European relationships with non-European peoples–from the “barbarian” invasions to colonialism–and Christianity’s role in shaping the continent. We also investigate the process of nation building in early modern Europe, and discuss the extent to which the events and political theory of the period still matter in contemporary Europe. Develops a familiarity with methodological tools that will serve students in other history courses and beyond.
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:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Caravaggio
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:
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
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: HIS 235 F
Dual Listing: REL 235 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Marconi
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
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: HIS 250 F
Marist Code/Title:
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:
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.
The Quarters of Florence: History and Culture
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 204
OPEN
Course code: HIS 250 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Tiziano
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
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: HIS 280 F
Dual Listing: ART 280 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Machiavelli
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 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: HIS 281 F
Dual Listing: PHI 281 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Tiziano
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 were 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:
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.
The 1960s: A Global Counter Cultural Movement
MON 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: HIS 290 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: History
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Donatello
Description: An introduction to the seminal decade of the 1960’s through its most distinctive political, social, and cultural achievements. We focus primarily on events and phenomena in Italy, Great Britain, France, and the USA. How did the cultural climate of the late 50’s and early 60’s in the U.S. and Europe, including McCarthyism and European Communism, shape the decade to come? How did a new, more dynamic cultural climate lead to new responses regarding minorities, women, civil rights, creativity and the arts, and social values in general? We examine the ideas and achievements of some of the leading figures of the time, such as Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, and Daniel Cohn-Bendit. What is the legacy of the 1960s, and what remains of the achievements of that period?
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:
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 Renaissance Civilization and Culture
TUE 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 202
OPEN
Prerequisites: HIS 130 Western Civilization, or equivalent
Course code: HIS 300 F
Marist Code/Title:
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.
Italian Crime Fiction
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: LIT 220 F
Marist Code/Title:
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.
Italian Crime Fiction
THU 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 202
OPEN
Course code: LIT 220 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Raffaello
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.
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:
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.
Florence in the Literary Imagination
THU 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: LIT 275 F
Marist Code/Title:
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.
Many Italies, Other Italies: Modern Literary Representations
MON 12:00 NOON-2:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: LIT 285 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: Marco Polo
Description: Overly simplistic views aside, Italian culture is anything but homogeneous. It is a complex “text” in which diverse, often conflicting voices and images merge and clash. Focusing on Italian and Anglo-American literature and films, we explore representations of Italy in the 20th and 21st centuries, attempting to transcend the idea of “mainstream” Italy. We examine the peninsula’s stereotyped image as it has been propagated by many famous foreigners throughout the ages, then focus on how Italy’s own writers and filmmakers have represented it, including the many marginal yet fundamental voices that often go unheard: those of southern Italians, Jewish Italians, emigrants (and Italian Americans), political dissidents, women, and more recently, immigrants from around the globe.
Dante’s Quest for Love—from the Divine Comedy to Contemporary Culture and Media
TUE 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Notes: in collaboration with the Franco Zeffirelli Foundation
Course code: LIT 288 F
Dual Listing: FMA 288 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: “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 masterpieces has inspired a whole series of works in the figurative arts, music, TV, and film.
Female Characters in 20th Century Fiction
THU 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: A prior course in Literature and/or Women's/Gender Studies
Course code: LIT 303 F
Dual Listing: GND 303 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Literature
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
Description: Molly in James Joyce’s Ulysses; Connie in D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover; Sarah in John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman; and Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita: some of the most interesting and significant female characters in 20th-century European and American fiction were created by men writers. We compare and contrast these protagonists with those created by women authors, including Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, Anna in Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook, Christa Wolf’s Cassandra, or Villanelle in Jeanette Winterson’s The Passion. What can a Gender Studies approach tell us about these characters and the different interpretations of womanhood given by their authors? How can we overcome the limitations of critical theory and learn to appreciate the fact that great literature can never be reduced to a mere system?
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:
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.
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:
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.
Italian Grand Tour: Italy through the Eyes of Famous Travellers
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 202
OPEN
Course code: LIT 350 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: Puccini
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.
Introduction to Ethics
TUE 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: PHI 170 F
Marist Code/Title:
Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Fellini
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
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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.
The Pursuit of Happiness: Cultivating Well-being in Challenging Times
MON 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: PHI 220 F
Dual Listing: PSY 220 F
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Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Piazza Strozzi, 2
Room: Masaccio
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.
Logical, Critical, and Creative: The Power of Reason
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: PHI 225 F
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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 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: PHI 281 F
Dual Listing: HIS 281 F
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Site: Florence
Session: SPRING
School: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Philosophy
Credits: 3
Hours: 45
Premises: Via de' Pucci, 4
Room: Tiziano
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 were 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.
Introduction to Political Science
TUE 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: POL 150 F
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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: Sergio Leone
Description: What are the different systems of government in today’s world, and how have these differences come about? How is power exercised and opposed at various levels, from local associations and councils to national governments and international organizations? In this introduction to the formal study of politics, we familiarize ourselves with the essential vocabulary of the discipline, explore the different methods by which political issues are studied and analyzed, and develop critical reading and thinking skills. Topics include the scope of politics as a concept and field of study, government and governance, the idea of the nation/state, types of modern political systems, and what drives the evolution of political institutions.
China's Development and the Global Shift
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Prerequisites: None; Recommended: POL 150 Introduction to Political Science and BUS 180 Principles of Macroeconomics, or equivalents
Course code: POL 240 F
Dual Listing: BUS 240 F
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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: Dante
Description: Why is China so central to the current world economy? Is its growth rate sustainable? Can the Chinese model be exported, and if so, what are its short and long-term costs? Understanding the history of Chinese economic reform, its political, environmental, and social context, and its implications is crucial to understanding the contemporary world. We explore the mechanisms and consequences of modern Chinese economic development and China’s role in the global economy. Our focus will be on the period following 1978, when China began its dramatic transformation from a planned to a market economy. Major topics and themes include the historical and institutional background of modern China, the country’s geopolitical “rise,” and key foreign relations issues.
Globalization and Social Change
WED 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: POL 250 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: Machiavelli
Description: How does globalization condition society while simultaneously being a consequence of that society? Despite being a phenomenon that has been underway for centuries in various forms, the impact of globalization on society has never been so great. Combining perspectives from Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy, our interdisciplinary approach highlights the fundamental features of globalization, and uses case studies to analyze its concrete effects at particular places and times. We explore the impact of changing communication techniques and social networks, and globalization’s main economic, political, and ideological dimensions. Specific topics include the role of capitalism; the IMF and the World Bank; changes in global governance; the relationship between globalization, inequality, and poverty; the fate of cultural diversity; and questions of gender, ethnicity, the environment, social justice, and human rights.
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:
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.
Women and Equality: Policy Matters
TUE 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Section: 201
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
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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: 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.
Italy and the European Union
TUE 3:00 PM-5:30 PM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: POL 272 F
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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: Marco Polo
Description: What is Italy’s place in the E.U., and how has this position evolved in the history of post-war European integration? From an Italian perspective, what are the key structures and institutions in the E.U., and what explains Italy’s at times ambiguous, even contradictory relationship with Brussels? We first explore the institutional history of the European Union, its jurisdiction and functions, and the major issues and situations of crisis it has recently faced. Then we look at how Italy has developed socially and politically as a nation over the last 75 years, and how this trajectory has impacted the country’s relationship with European integration and EU governance.
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:
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?
International Politics
WED 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Section: 201
OPEN
Course code: POL 288 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: Galileo
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