Below you will find details of AUR's undergraduate course offering, by subject area, for fall 2022. Please note, this information may be subject to change. For enrolled students, please find the most up-to-date information on the MyAUR syllabus pages.
AHAR 101 ANCIENT MATERIAL CULTURE
This is an introductory course on the material culture of the ancient Mediterranean, focusing on the city of Rome and its relationship to earlier, contemporaneous and later related cultural traditions. The course focuses primarily on the artworks and artifacts produced by ancient Greece and Rome, with some sessions also treating the influence of Egyptian, Near Eastern, and Etruscan cultures and the afterlife of classical material culture post-antiquity. The course will be taught as a mixture of classroom lectures and off-campus classes, enabling students to see at first hand as much ancient material culture as possible.
AHAR 314 ETRUSCAN ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY
This is an upper-level course studying the art and archaeology of the Etruscans from their emergence at the beginning of the first millennium BC until their absorption by the Romans. The course will take full advantage of the rich museum collections of Etruscan material in Rome and may include a field trip to the sites of Cerveterii and Tarquinia. The course will look at the origins of the Etruscans, their art and material culture, their interactions with other groups, and their eventual absorption by the Romans.
ARC 101 ROMAN ARCHAEOLOGY ON-SITE
This is an introductory off-campus course exploring the archaeological sites and ancient monuments of Rome. The course will begin with the evidence for the earliest settlement in Rome and continue through the development of the Republic, the empire, and the transition to early Christian Rome. The course will focus on placing the archaeological and architectural evidence in its topographical context.
ARC 215 GREAT KINGDOMS OF THE ANCIENT NEAR-EAST
This course will give an introduction to the kingdoms of the Ancient Near East which were crucial to the development of the Old World. Basic knowledge about history, topography and society is the starting point for the understanding of each period progressing into explorations of typical elements such as the development of cities with their palaces, temples and ziqqurati, cylinder seals, cuneiform writing and relief sculpture. Points of special interest are the origins of highly developed early civilizations, Mesopotamia as an area of permanent exchange and conflict, the influences on the West, and Near Eastern monuments as part of the world’s cultural heritage.
ARC 302 BEING HUMAN: THEORETICAL ISSUES IN ARCHAEOLOGY
This course examines the theoretical foundations which underpin all archaeological interpretations. We will examine how theory has changed the interpretation of human society over time, relating this both to developments in methodology (e.g. the introduction of scientific archaeology) and changes in contemporary society (e.g. post-colonial archaeology). The course will be organized in a broadly historiographical format analyzing prevailing theoretical concerns in different time periods in both the United States and Europe. Classes will follow a seminar format and students will be expected to come to class prepared to participate fully in the discussion.
ARC 498 SENIOR CAPSTONE SEMINAR
The research skills course will usually be taken in the penultimate semester to support advanced work in Archaeology and Classics. The course will develop skills in three areas: online and library research; quantitative analysis, focusing on appropriate use and interpretation of quantitative techniques (rather than in carrying out the computation); qualitative analysis, focusing on appropriate integration of such data into research projects. The overall goal of the course is to provide students with a holistic understanding of the range of approaches to the disciplines of Archaeology and Classics. Students completing this course are prepared to write a capstone thesis in their final semester.
ARCL 100 INTRODUCTION TO ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME
This course introduces students to the social and cultural history of ancient Greece and Rome via the major works of historiography, literature, art, and architecture produced by those cultures. This course is classroom-based, but an off-campus visit of historical and/or cultural importance may be required.
ARCL 252 SICILY: THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE HELLENISTIC MEDITERRANEAN
1-credit Field Trip.
This course explores the ancient archaeological sites of Eastern Sicily – from the archaic period to the Roman. The trip will introduce students to the cities Syracuse and Catania, which are both characterized by indigenous origins, founded as Greek colonies in the 8th century BCE, enjoyed autonomous rule under Sicilian tyrants, and then finally came under Roman rule as the first Roman province in the 3rd century BCE. Preliminary lecture(s) will cover the concepts of both Greek colonialism, as well as the spread of Roman imperialism and increasing overseas aggression, and briefly, Sicily’s post-classical history. Visits in each city will include visits to archaeological and art museums, important ancient archaeological remains, and topographical walks. Students with interests in ancient colonialism, imperialism, urbanism, military history, and layered cultural identities across space and time will benefit from Sicily’s unique position as a strategic Mediterranean outpost. The course is an ideal appendix to any course dealing with the art, archaeology, or history of Greece and/or Rome, allowing students to apply their knowledge of the eternal city, and observe similarities and differences of this multicultural island.
ARCL 305 ROME OF AUGUSTUS
This interdisciplinary course combines archaeology, art history, history, literature, and sociology to explore a defining moment in the ancient world: Rome at the time of Augustus (c.44 BC-c.14 AD). The students will create an image of the emperor Augustus through his own building projects and writings and assess the role of imperial propaganda in this process. We ask how culture, identity, and power were shaped in particular contexts by social factors such as religion, gender, the economy, and status, presenting case studies of building projects, review contemporary philosophical ideas and contemporary comments. This interdisciplinary course enables students to develop their skills of analysis and evaluation across a range of ancient source materials.
ARCL 483 SPECIAL ADVANCED TOPICS IN ARCHAEOLOGY AND CLASSICS
This course is designed for advanced students in Archaeology and Classics to explore a particular topic (time period, theme, theoretical approach, author, etc.) in a discussion-based seminar setting. Students should expect to complete extensive readings of primary and secondary sources (100+ pages per week), and compile their research into a substantial written output (8000+ words over the course of the semester). Topics will be selected based on current trends in Archaeology and Classics, as well as student and faculty interest. The course may include one or more required field trips. Students may take this course twice, provided the topics are different.
CLHS 302 CAESAR, CICERO AND THE COLLAPSE OF THE ROMAN REPUBLIC
The Roman Republic traditionally began in 509 and lasted until the dictatorship of Julius Caesar (46-44). This course concentrates on the last fifty years of the Republic down to 42 when the Republican forces were finally defeated at Philippi. Emphasis is given to reading and analyzing primary texts (in translation) with particular importance given to the works of Cicero and Caesar.
CLS 101 GREEK AND ROMAN MYTHOLOGY
Mythology is the study of the legends about the origins and history of a people, their deities, ancestors, and heroes. The stories of the gods and legendary heroes of the Greco-Roman tradition have provided the fountainhead for literature and the arts in the service of religious and political imagery down to the present. While the emphasis will be primarily literary, with extensive readings of such writers as Homer and Vergil (noting, in passing, the influence upon later literature). The visual depiction of these myths will also be studied. A field trip to a museum in Rome may be required.
CLS 210 GREEK AND ROMAN DRAMA
This course focuses on the tragedies and comedies produced in Athens and Rome beginning with the Oresteia of Aeschylus (early 5th century BC) and concluding with the tragedies of Seneca (late 1st century AD). Plays are selected to analyze the diachronic treatment of popular stories, such as those of Oedipus and Medea, and to highlight the various roles theatre played in Greco-Roman society (religious, social, economic, etc.). Students will be expected to write critically about ancient plays both as literary texts and in their original and subsequent performance contexts.
LTN 101 BEGINNING LATIN I
Open to students with no previous training in Latin, this course offers an introduction to the fundamentals of the language. Major emphasis is given to grammar and syntax, composition, and reading. The course develops direct reading comprehension of Latin from graduated texts, short stories, and dramas; and through them provides an introduction to ancient Roman civilization. The course also aims at building a grammatical foundation to develop further levels of proficiency. This course is an alternative to LTN 100.
LTN 250 READINGS IN INTERMEDIATE LATIN
This course is intended for students who have completed at least two semesters of college-level Latin. Over the course of the semester, students will read extended selections of Latin prose and/or poetry in the original and the rest in translation. Some review of grammar will be integrated into the first weeks; class meetings will focus on prepared translation and discussion, and some sight-reading as students achieve an understanding of the style and syntax of the ancient author(s) selected. This course may be repeated once.
AH 100 ART OF ROME
Art of Rome is an introductory course in the history of art. The course focuses on Rome, from its origin to contemporary times. Masterpieces of painting, sculpture, architecture, and urban planning are examined within their historical contexts. Most of the classes are held off-campus. The course hones a method of description, critical analysis, and interpretation of art and builds an understanding of traditional forms and cultural themes useful in the comprehension of all western art.
AH 102 WAYS OF SEEING
This foundational course introduces students of Art History and Fine Art to basic themes in world art. Students will compare and contrast images across cultures and time. They will be introduced to common elements in the global story of art while appreciating diversity and change. Students will learn basic art history terminology, be introduced to artistic materials and techniques. Students will be exposed to a variety of materials, techniques, and motifs necessary for understanding how art is produced and how artworks can be interpreted. The course will involve two off-campus classes for the examinations.
AH 103 ARTS OF RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE
Arts of Renaissance and Baroque is an introductory course that surveys the development of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Italy from the 14th to the mid-18th centuries, focusing on Rome but exploring also the artistic and cultural developments in Florence and Venice in the relevant period. Most classes are held off-campus in the museums, churches, and palaces of Rome. The course hones a method of description, critical analysis, and interpretation and enables students to learn about the main aspects of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque.
AH 210 VAN GOGH TO WARHOL
This course examines the main tendencies in modern art, from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century. Students will learn about particular movements and their major protagonists, including Impressionism, Post/Neo-Impressionism, Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Surrealism, Suprematism, De Stijl, Constructivism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism, and Conceptualism. Please note that this is a reading-intensive course. This course may involve off-campus classes and Friday/weekend field trips in Rome and Italy.
AH 214 NEW PERSPECTIVES: VISUAL TECHNOLOGY IN RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE ART
This interdisciplinary course explores the depiction of visual space in Renaissance and Baroque Art through the medium of modern technologies. The visual theories of authors including Leon Battista Alberti, Piero della Francesca, and Leonardo da Vinci will be given practical application through the use of the digital design software Autodesk Autocad. Individual and group lab study will be an integral part of the course where students will explore and elaborate digital imagery as virtual templates to be used interactively, allowing for an in-depth understanding of design techniques and visual theories employed by Renaissance and Baroque artists.
AH 217 THE DECORATIVE ARTS AND THE FEMALE GAZE
This course introduces students to material culture through the lens of the domestic interior and consideration of objects utilized in the feminine sphere. Through a series of case studies, students will consider the larger context of an object’s creation and function in the classical, Renaissance, and early-modern eras. The course will also introduce students to a selection of feminist historiography. Topics will address the function of interior space and themes including but not limited to: the mirror, the bedroom, hair, and jewelry. The course may include off-campus museum visits in Rome.
AH 310 THE RENAISSANCE IN ROME
This course explores the unique artistic culture of Renaissance Rome. It covers the period from the return of the papacy to Rome after the Council of Constance (1420) to the Sack of Rome by Imperial troops in 1527 and its immediate aftermath. This is the period when Bramante was completing his designs for the new Basilica of Saint Peter’s, Michelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel, and Raphael and his studio were working nearby in the papal apartments. Students will be introduced to key themes in papal patronage within the larger context of Italian and European politics. Most of the teaching will be conducted off-campus.
AH 316 MUSEOLOGY AND CURATORSHIP
Curatorship examines the principles and practices of the modern museum, nowadays considered a site of social interaction more than a historical treasure palace. Students will examine the role of the curator in relation to a museum’s mission, and how technology is changing the way in which museums fulfill their curatorial responsibilities. The relationship between curator and collector and the procedures for realizing a successful exhibition will be studied. Case studies of best curatorial practices internationally, and off-campus visits to private and public art collections, archaeological sites, and museums, will critique ideas about curatorial roles and exhibitions.
AH 324 THE ROMANTIC IMAGINATION
Neoclassicism is the artistic expression of the Enlightenment. It found in Rome a natural breeding ground since the city was still imbued with memories of its Classical past. During this course, we will see how Neoclassical art owed to its own time as much as to Antiquity, and how it reflected an enthusiasm for the ideals of the French Revolution, the majesty of the Napoleonic Imperial Age, and the restoration of papal temporal rule. The second part of the course is devoted to Romanticism, a cultural movement born in Northern Europe with the development of nation-states. It too found fertile ground in Italy, which would itself be finally unified during the Risorgimento. Art, therefore, became a vehicle for political propagandizing with artists referring back to the Middle Ages as the last period of Italy’s independence from foreign rule. Italy contributed once more to the development of European art through its “Macchiaioli” movement in painting, which anticipated Impressionism, and through the vast urbanistic programs to renovate and modernize Rome, now a capital again, in the closing years of the century.
AHRE 106 SACRED SPACE: RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE OF ROME
This course explores the main ideas behind the sacral space & examples of the sacral architecture of Rome, from the ancient to the postmodern. The course maximizes the opportunity of off-campus teaching in Rome; most of the classes are held in the real surrounding, which best illustrates particular topics of the course. Students will have the opportunity to learn about different religious traditions, various religious ideas and practices (including the ancient Roman religion, early Christianity, Roman Catholicism, Orthodoxy and Protestantism, as well as the main elements of religion and sacred spaces of ancient Judaism and Islam). Students will have the opportunity to experience a variety of sacred spaces and learn about the broader cultural and historical context in which they appeared. Short study trips outside of Rome may also take place.
ACC 201 FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
The focus is on accounting as an essential element of the decision-making process, basic standards and principles of accounting, and how accounting information is accumulated and used in decision-making. Topics covered are: processing accounting information, merchandising transactions, inventories, internal control, control of cash, receivables and payables, plant and equipment, payroll accounting theory, and partnerships.
BUEN 307 WRITING FOR BUSINESS
In Writing for Business, students learn how to write well and successfully in a business environment by applying the right tone, syntax, formatting, and conciseness to everyday internal and external business communications. During the semester, students research and create presentations, reports, and a portfolio of common business documents. By dissecting and honing the purpose of each document, students learn to approach business writing as a process that includes strategizing, researching, drafting, and revising all assignments until they accomplish defined goals.
BUS 300 INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
This course provides an introduction to the environmental and operational aspects of international business. Topics include international business background, comparative environmental frameworks, theories and institutions of trade and investment, world financial environment, dynamics of international business, governmental relationships, corporate policy and strategy, functional management, operations, and related concerns.
BUS 302 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS LAW
This course provides an introduction to concepts of global international law and regulation relevant to private business organizations and persons contemplating and implementing tangible business transactions. The course of study will refer to direct source materials, such as treaties, statutes, case law studies, and transaction analysis. Contract and arbitration simulations enable students to explore negotiation and drafting aspects of doing business globally. Ethical issues pertinent to the international business person will also be considered.
CSC 201 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS FOR BUSINESS
This course will introduce students to an array of software applications commonly used in business. Students will explore software solutions that enable them to solve problems at the business operational level, using concepts of word processing, electronic spreadsheets, database management, web design, and online marketing (social media and e-marketing campaigns). Students gain hands-on experience with the Microsoft Office Suite and introduction to WordPress. The course will be presented in 3 modules – as indicated in the course schedule – taught by various instructors.
ECFN 305 MONEY AND BANKING
This course focuses on the role of money in the economy, including its packaging and exchange (financial products, intermediaries, and markets), distribution and regulation (US Federal Reserve and the commercial banking structure), and use for macroeconomic purposes (monetary policy).
ECO 211 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS
Macroeconomic principles introduce students to the economist’s worldview. It focuses on the national economy by looking at gross domestic product, aggregate supply & aggregate demand, unemployment, economic growth, business cycles, multipliers, and monetary and fiscal policies. It introduces the different policy perspectives of the Keynesian and monetarist Schools.
ECO 212 3.00 PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS
Microeconomic principles expand the student’s exposure to the economist’s world view through such concepts as opportunity cost, marginal decision making, efficiency, and the benefits of trade. It focuses on topics that concern the “micro” elements of the economy: the consumer, the producer, and their interaction in the market. These topics include supply and demand analysis, elasticity, efficiency, and market failure, taxation and market regulation, production and costs, pricing and output decisions under a variety of industrial organizations, and factor markets.
ECO 301 INTERNATIONAL TRADE
This course introduces the students to the main concepts and methods of international trade and illustrates them with applications drawn from the real world. Topics include the rationale for international trade, identifying comparative advantage, terms of trade and the determination of world prices, tariffs and quotas, and multilateral trade agreements.
FNC 211 PERSONAL FINANCE
In Personal Finance, students explore how individuals should manage their money. Students discuss basic financial concepts, such as the time value of money, and how to interpret interest rates. They examine personal loans, including credit cards, auto loans, and home mortgages. The second part of the course is primarily devoted to the study of investing in stocks and bonds, including a discussion of money market and mutual funds and their role as individual saving instruments in various societies. Insurance, retirement planning, and estate planning will also be discussed. To wrap up, students will learn how to integrate all the components into a comprehensive financial plan.
FNC 300 MANAGERIAL FINANCE
Designed to provide a working knowledge of significant financial topics and an awareness of how managerial finance affects business operations, this course covers financial analysis, planning and control, working capital management, investment decisions, cost of capital and valuation, and long-term financing decisions.
MGMK 312 EVENT PLANNING, MARKETING, AND MANAGEMENT
Across disciplines, and in all sectors, the planning of major events such as conferences, conventions, exhibits, concerts, exhibitions, inaugurations, sporting events, competitions, fundraisers, meetings, and other special events is a key skill in most organizations, public and private, both for-profit and non-profits. This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore the world of event management, learn about the approaches to creating, staging, managing, and evaluating major events, and put what they have learned into practice in the development of a marketing plan for a “real” event. The course incorporates theory from management, marketing, human resource management, finance and operations, and features modules on event planning, production, and risk management. It is designed to be a practical overview of the array of events, the trends driving the increase in demand for professional event management, and the skills needed to manage large-scale events successfully.
MGT 201 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
A comprehensive introduction to management theory and practice organized according to a traditional functional/process framework. Students explore issues related to organizing and managing human resources, communicating, motivating and leading, management control, and operations management. The course integrates classical and modern concepts with an array of real-world cases.
MGT 305 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN SERVICE OPERATIONS
This course examines the role of human resource management in service operations in general and the tourism hospitality industries more specifically. Students will explore human resource planning and how to select, recruit, hire, train, retain, motivate, develop, compensate, evaluate, and support employees We will also discuss current HRM-related topics such as coaching and team building, conflict management, labor relations, delegation, as well as leading issues in the regulatory and legislative environment.
MGT 310 QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR BUSINESS
This course introduces students to an array of quantitative methods used to help business people make decisions about strategy and resource allocation. Managers use quantitative tools to help them answer questions such as “Should we expand our business and if so, how?”, “What will the impact of a new product introduction be?”, “How can I predict my competitor’s next move?”, “What is the risk of moving to a new technology or a new market?”, "How can we ensure this project will be completed on time and on budget?”, “How should we manage inventory?”, “What do our market research statistics tell us?”, and “How can we increase our quality level?” among others. The focus of this course is on real-world applications in Marketing, Finance and Operations that will allow students to hone skills in applying commonly used quantitative tools and approaches. These include risk and sensitivity analysis, statistics and probability distribution, forecasting methods including regression, project management (critical path and PERT), game theory, and decision analysis among others.
MGT 311 ENTREPRENEURSHIP: CREATING, FINANCING, AND MANAGING NEW VENTURES
In this course, students learn how to build and manage entrepreneurial ventures. Specific topics include new venture creation, business devotement, finance for startups, and Marketing, Management, and HR specific to new ventures. Students form and develop a new business idea, a business plan, and an operating agreement. Venture capital and other financing sources are also studied.
MKT 200 PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING
An overview of the marketing function, its importance to strategic decision making in business, and its practical relation to other functions within the organization and in the external environment, the course is designed around the very easily accessible concept of “The Marketing Mix.” Students explore how marketers analyze and segment markets, select certain segments to “target” and then position their products to respond to the needs of those segments. They investigate the challenges involved in researching, creating, promoting, pricing, and distributing products to target customers in both U.S. and international markets.
MKT 300 ADVERTISING STRATEGY
An exploration of the world of advertising, focusing on what makes effective advertising. The course includes discussions of the place of advertising in society, legal and ethical ramifications, and the regulatory environment. It provides an understanding of the keys to creating a successful ad campaign: keen knowledge of the consumer and the market, how to organize for advertising, advertising strategy research, and creation and a plan to lead to effective advertising communications. Special modules focus on media and creative, leading to the development of a full campaign.
MKT 301 CONSUMER BEHAVIOR
Figuring out what makes consumers tick lies at the core of much of modern marketing. This course enables students to gain an understanding of the psychological and sociological theories that form the basis of consumer behavior studies, how they relate to the real world and how these theories are applied in business practice. This is an area of study that is of interest not only to students of marketing, but also to potential public policymakers, consumer advocates, and, perhaps most importantly, consumers.
MKT 311 MARKETING FOR TRAVEL AND TOURISM
The travel and tourism industry is one of the largest and most dynamic industries in today’s global economy and is composed of five parts: a) lodgings (hotels, motels, camps, cruise ships), b) transportation services (ships, airplanes, trains), c) food and beverage operations (restaurants, bars, taverns, catering), d) retail stores (gifts, souvenir, arts/crafts shops) and e) activities (recreation, educational trips, business, festivals, sports events). We will explore these areas and the challenges facing industry actors as they strive to create distinctive experiences for increasingly demanding and jaded consumers. In this course, students will apply concepts and principles learned in their introductory marketing course, to the tourism, travel, and hospitality sectors. They will expand the 4 Ps to the 8 Ps of Service Marketing, explore those tools as applied to organizations, both for-profit and non-profit, in tourism-related businesses, and develop marketing strategies for specific destinations.
MKT 315 SALES MANAGEMENT: CREATING CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIPS
This course is an exploration of the role personal selling plays as a marketing communications tool. Topics include the nature of selling, buying behavior, selling personality, attitude as a key to success, and the selling process. Students also discuss issues related to salesforce management and the interplay between personal sales and the other elements of the promotion mix: advertising, direct marketing, public relations, and sales promotion.
MKT 400 GLOBAL MARKETING: CASES AND PRACTICE
In this course, students explore the various theories, models, and phenomena of marketing in an international environment. The focus is on the marketing effort and the marketing mix of companies selling goods and services around the globe in a variety of culturally, politically, economically, and demographically diverse countries. Strategies are examined vis-à-vis corporate missions and objectives to evaluate their success in the global arena. Topics include current events of an international marketing interest, models of local expansion, rationalization and strategies for globalization, promotion, product development, distribution, and international logistics, pricing, competition and the environment of international marketing, and management of international risk.
TTM 351 DESTINATION MARKETING: EUROPEAN WONDERS
1-credit Field Trip. Destination Marketing is an area of growing importance as tourism regions compete to provide unique experiences and exceptional value to visitors. This field trip provides a hands-on opportunity to critically explore destination branding in Europe and to consider the range of marketing strategies employed by regional governments, Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs), local businesses, and communities in achieving an effective competitive place-marketing strategy. Participants will explore the role of tourist attractions: natural, cultural, contemporary, and commercial in tourism marketing at the local and regional levels and will learn how to establish a stronger regional brand identity. Practical insights into heritage related to place, community, ethnicity, and identity, as well as the stakeholders in the local and regional tourism industry will be explored. Students will develop practical skills in developing and marketing diverse European tourist destinations and sites. This course can be repeated up to three times.
COM 100 MEDIA HISTORY
The aim of this course is to provide an introductory yet wide-ranging account of the emergence and development of different media throughout History, from Gutenberg’s printing press to the commercialization of social media. Based on a strong multidisciplinary outlook and a rough chronological perspective, the course explores the relationship between the adoption of technological innovations in the media sphere and social, cultural, economic, and political change. The goal is to let students understand how the media not only contribute to historical development but also influences human experience. Finally, in order to provide students with a global understanding of the topic, rather than concentrating on the West, the course includes case studies about Africa, India, and China.
COM 203 PUBLIC SPEAKING AND PRESENTATION
This course analyzes and applies principles of speech structures to oral presentation. Students learn to analyze audiences, adapt messages, apply critical listening skills and practice ethical decisions in preparing public speaking. Emphasis is placed on building a positive speech environment and practicing speech presentations.
COM 211 PODCASTING AND VIDCASTING
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic techniques of creating a series of Podcasts and Vidcasts. Hands-on training will be used to write, direct, produce, and edit both forms of New Media for broadcasting online. Students will learn the importance of broadcast media such as Podcasts and their powerful influence in the world of Marketing and Communications, while Vidcasts will introduce students to creation of web-based content for informative and creative content. Students will use all of the necessary audio and video equipment to create weekly Podcasts and Vidcasts which will be streamed at AUR. Through the course of the semester, students will experience first-hand all aspects of writing, production, speaking, and editing.
COM 218 PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF JOURNALISM
This course explores the definition, qualities of, evaluation and selection, the channels and audiences of news. This theoretical introduction to the course will be followed by concentration on the actual practice of journalism; reporting (gathering information), news style, the form, and organization of news stories, and the writing of various types of news stories: hard news, features, interviews, etc.
COM 301 MEDIA AND GENDER
Media representations of men and women influence and affect interpretations of sexual identities, interpretations of social roles, and perceptions of quality or inequality in society. This course reviews the extent and importance of media influences through a study of representations of men and women and alternative sexualities in the popular media and advertising in the latter half of the 20th century.
COM 305 MEDIA ETHICS
This course provides an overview of the role of media ethics in a globalized media system. It explores how ethics shape professional practice and cultural citizenship, studying how media impact cultural commons, democratic practice, and business interests. This course examines the tension between traditional media and emerging participatory cultural practice, and what role students have in shaping the future of media.
COM 312 DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGY
This course provides students with a basic understanding of the significance of digital communications and their impact on business and marketing. The course aims at exploring the marketing methodologies for digital communications strategies for organizations and online or offline products alike. It focuses on communication practices with digital marketing prospects and customers, and also on the internal processes necessary in order to enact strategic decisions.
COM 323 SPORTSWRITING
In this course, students will learn how to write a sports story. They will also examine issues of race and gender in sports, hero worship and fanaticism, and sportsmanship and how the sports public perceives and interprets it. The course also examines the ethics of what sports journalists do and why they do it.
COM 407 DATA-DRIVEN COMMUNICATIONS
This course focuses on building a strong foundation of knowledge regarding communications strategy analysis, big data and communications, and new communications technologies. The course aims at exploring what it means to analyze an organization’s communication efforts in the digital age. It focuses on communication practices with prospects and customers, and also on the internal processes necessary in order to enact strategic decisions.
COM 499 CAPSTONE SENIOR PROJECT
A laboratory/seminar in which students select a publication, production, or research project to complete over the course of two semesters, including a written analysis of the writing, design, and management problems and skills related to the completion of the project. Problems, solutions, and final results will be shared in a final oral presentation. Students are required to choose a project (film/video/design production, or media/communication research), meet weekly with an advisor to pursue this project with, and complete their projects over the course of their final two semesters as seniors. All capstone projects are to be taken in residence.
COMK 405 MUSIC MANAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS
This hybrid course offers a historical account of the music business industry and provides hands-on skills for future music managers, promoters, and tour managers. Moreover, the course explores the process of production, promotion, distribution, and consumption, with a focus on the impact of converged technology on the industry and professional practice. As a matter of fact, digital download and streaming have created a domino effect on every aspect of music, not only in the recorded industry, but also in the live music business. Finally, issues of copyright and security will also be assessed.
DM 105 DIGITAL DESIGN: PRINT GRAPHICS
This is a hands-on, practical course that teaches students the aesthetic concepts of visual communication along with technical skills such as working with Macintosh-based software utilized to create various forms of visual media. The areas of computer art/image making, graphic design, typography, press-ready layout, and four-color print processing will be covered. Practical foundations will be applied to design projects as developed through an increasing command of analyzing concepts of design, composition, color theory, and graphic communication.
DM 106 PHOTOGRAPHY IN ROME: STUDIO AND STILL LIFE
Using the indoor places of Rome as the canvas space, students will engage weekly within the city (off-campus) to understand the complexities of composition, materials, exposure, and controlled light to fully realize and capture the micro and macro nature of this monumental city. Practical studio photography time will also permit students to learn the necessary skills of arranging lights and props to capture images using a variety of techniques and lenses. Students will focus on creative solutions to complex photographic problems and discover the versatile and creative potential of working in a controlled environment. This course focuses on the fundamentals of the exposure triangle, composition, and post-production to create striking staged photographs of Rome. Assignments will help to learn and apply technical skills gained from the studio and application into other areas of photography. Bring Your Own Camera. If you want to have the ability to control all the aspects of photography, a DSLR camera is highly recommended, or a Mirrorless camera.
DM 205 DIGITAL DESIGN: MOTION GRAPHICS
A hands-on, practical course that teaches students the aesthetic concepts of motion graphics by working with raster and vector image forms to create intermediate and advanced 2D animations using stop motion techniques, video editing, and basic digital compositing. Students will work exclusively with Adobe Creative Cloud Software (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, After Effects) to realize the potential of making static images come to life.
DM 308 DIGITAL DESIGN WORKSHOP
This is an advanced course with the aim to equip students with a set of transferable formal and conceptual tools for “making and communicating” in the field of Digital Design. These core skills will enable students to advance their practical studies in graphic design, and further use in advanced motion graphics, interface/app design, 3D modeling, game design, package design, and web design. Students will engage in group critiques and will produce a portfolio of Digital Designs relevant to each area of study. This course can be repeated up to four times.
ENG 101 WRITING FUNDAMENTALS
This course introduces students to the rigors and discipline of the writing process, stage by stage, from choosing a topic to collecting information, brainstorming, planning and outlining, drafting, revising, and editing, to proofreading and finalizing. Each stage is punctuated with assignments and exercises that familiarize students with the rhetorical modes, from description to comparison/contrast, narration, classification, extended definition, cause-effect, and argument. In class and homework, students will practice producing grammatically correct and logically sound claims, arranged in coherent paragraphs; understand and develop the thesis statement; learn to distinguish between primary and secondary sources; learn to annotate sources, and incorporate quotes in their writing with proper lead-in sentences and follow-up; begin familiarizing with citation styles; learn to use information technology, from research to writing and formatting, Successful completion of the course grants access to ENG 102 with a grade of at least C-.
ENG 102 WRITING FROM RESEARCH
This course prepares students to plan, research, and write academic-level research papers autonomously. Students are guided through all writing stages, from preparing an articulated research proposal, to collecting sources and arranging them in an annotated bibliography, to outlining, drafting, and, finally, completing the paper in accordance with current MLA guidelines. Each stage is also punctuated with writing drills in the form of in-class essays, citing and quoting drills in the form of worksheets, annotation drills on select academic sources related to the class theme, and a thorough overview of the use of library resources, both material and electronic. Students will also practice discussing and explaining their projects in workshop sessions. Successful completion of the course grants access to ENG 202 with a grade of at least C-.
ENG 201 SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE II
This course surveys the major writers of England from the Romantic and Victorian periods and through the twentieth century. The course emphasizes historical and cultural influences on writers such as Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Keats, Dickens, Arnold, Browning, Joyce, Eliot, and Woolf.
ENG 202 WRITING FROM THEORY
This course is a seminar on the principles of effective expository writing with a focus on the critical perspectives and theories that enliven contemporary literary, art, and cultural studies. Through a historical survey of critical theory, including an introduction to relevant terminology, the course will cover various types of arguments, appropriate to different concerns and cultural contexts. The theory addressed in this course spans theories of race, class, gender and national identity, postmodern and poststructuralist perspectives, Marxist critique, and psychoanalytic approaches. Writing assignments will provide students with the opportunity to apply these theories to literary works, film, painting, and built space.
ENG 206 POETRY: GENRE, TECHNIQUES, AND STRUCTURE
This introductory level literature and writing class is designed to help students acquire the skills for reading, appreciating, writing, and critically analyzing poetry. This course intends to introduce the students to some basic concepts about literary technique and innovation with the scope of honing their critical thinking and writing skills. Students will not only be guided through the inspiring world of poetry but they will also be steered towards a deeper and more insightful analysis of its purpose. While being introduced to the origins of poetry from its solely alliterative nature through to its varied structural development, students will learn to appreciate and interpret meaning, analytically and emotionally. Individual and distinctive interpretations by each student will be the basis of stimulating discussions and debates.
ENG 308 PLAYFUL SUBVERSION: UNDERSTANDING POSTMODERN TEXT
The aim of the course is to situate select theoretical and literary texts within the post-modern aesthetic and to understand both postmodern theory and post-modern writing as commentary on, and reaction to, a world disenchanted of the myth of progress, suspicious of the legitimacy of authority, and filled with anxiety over the attribute of authenticity in identity, experience, and “things in the world.” Where modernist writers have reacted with nostalgia, however, postmodernists have seen opportunity for "playful subversion" of the fundamental categories of western thought. We will consider subversion of narrative, history, identity, and gender. Where subversion aims at a clear break with power, playfulness seeks to transform this radical uncertainty into a space for individual freedom.
ENG 317 WRITING FICTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS
This advanced writing course is designed to develop students’ skills in writing fiction expressly for children and young adults. The course will focus on the writing process and the approaches to writing for various age groups within the genre, specifically examining story structure, character, plot, and theme. In addition to writing and workshopping their own work, students will read and analyze texts from classic and contemporary children’s and YA literature.
ENG 322 TRAVEL WRITING
This workshop instructs students in the mechanics of travel writing from research, interviewing techniques, and pitching editors to crafting essays and articles for newspapers, magazines, books, and the internet.
ENG 414 PUBLISHING PRACTICUM: FROM LITERARY ACQUISITIONS TO BOOK PUBLICITY
This course will lead students through the process by which a manuscript becomes a published book, with weekly hands-on workshops in acquisitions, developmental editing, course adoption, and book publicity. Questions we will consider include: To what extent is selecting work a political act, a form of literary activism, an intervention into the existing Canon? How can editors actively build community around innovative multicultural texts? And what steps can editors take to ensure that their books are adopted into educators’ curriculum, boosting sales as well as creating conversation and dialogue around a particular book? It will include guest speakers from global publishing houses and award-winning presses.
ENG 498 ENGLISH CAPSTONE SENIOR PROJECT 1
A seminar in which students choose a project in creative writing (fiction, poetry, drama, or creative non-fiction), a publishing project (blog, website, curated edition), or a scholarly thesis (literary criticism, text analysis, comparative analysis), to complete over the course of two semesters. The first step (ENG 498), which should be undertaken in the second semester of the Junior year, requires the completion of a project proposal inclusive of a detailed description of the project, a completion schedule, and a literature review of at least 15 sources. The proposal should demonstrate the student's ability to work autonomously, with guidance from an advisor in bi-weekly meetings. In the second step (ENG 499) students work closely with an advisor in weekly meetings to bring the project to completion. 1 credit.
ENG 499 ENGLISH CAPSTONE SENIOR PROJECT 2
A seminar in which students select a publication, production, or research project to complete over the course of two semesters. Students are required to choose a project in creative writing (fiction, poetry, drama, or creative non-fiction), or a scholarly thesis, work with an advisor in weekly meetings and complete their projects over the course of their final two semesters as seniors.
FLM 101 VIDEO POST-PRODUCTION
This course teaches students fluency in the visual language of fiction film editing at a beginner level. The focus of the class is developing the conceptual and technical skills needed to edit simple fiction film projects using Adobe Premiere. This includes: understanding the formal and aesthetic foundation of film editing (with an in-depth exploration of foundational editing grammar and vocabulary), learning the rhetorical strategies of editing and how it affects storytelling, as well as the technical skills needed to create, organize, draft, and complete the editing of short fiction films projects. Technical topics covered include asset and project management, correct editing workflows from assembling cuts to fine cuts, working with basic sound editing, title/text design, as well as exporting. However, the major part of the course will be spent on storytelling techniques and how it relates to editing. The class consists of a mixture of lectures and analysis workshops, as well as weekly in-class editing exercises.
FLM 150 INTRODUCTION TO FILMMAKING
This course will teach the fundamentals of fiction filmmaking to students with little to no experience. Students will learn to create film story ideas, plan them for shooting, operate video cameras for shooting, as well as basic video editing for post-production. Specific topics include: understanding the formal foundations of cinematic storytelling, basic technical skills, and concepts of the video camera and lens operations, scene pre-visualization using blocking and shooting diagrams, the basic skills of shooting on location, as well as the basic techniques of film editing. The class consists of a mixture of lectures and analysis workshops, as well as hand-on shooting and editing exercises. This course is only open to non-FLM majors.
FLM 203 AUDIO PRODUCTION AND POST-PRODUCTION
This course teaches students basic fluency in the use of sound for film. Students will gain an understanding of the way that sound works, its aesthetic and formal qualities, and specific ways it works in film language. Students will then learn to apply sound concepts to the writing, recording, editing, and mixing of film projects. Specific skills taught in the class include recording techniques for dialogue, sound effects, and ambient sound; dialogue editing; foley and dubbing; sound effect creation and mixing; ambient sound design; use of music; audio processing, and mix-down techniques. These skills will all be taught within the conceptual frameworks of their roles in storytelling, point-of-view, and focalization. The class consists of a mixture of lectures and analysis workshops, as well as weekly recording sessions and in-class editing exercises.
FLM 209 FILM HISTORY
Film history is interwoven with world history. The cultural influences, ideological roots, and theoretical underpinnings of the medium define cinema. This course will survey the history of international film, noting the major figures who developed the medium and the societal influences that shaped their work.
FLM 327 FILM DIRECTING
This is a course that brings students’ fluency of cinematic language to a more advanced stage by expanding upon and synthesizing the shooting and editing techniques. The class introduces the conceptual and technical framework necessary to shoot and edit dual-system sound films, block and shoot dialogue scenes, perform dramatic analysis of scripts, and apply that analysis to more sophisticated use of camera work and complex editing strategies.
FLM 498 CAPSTONE SENIOR PROJECT 1
A seminar/workshop in which students will prepare for, and execute, the production (shooting) of their senior capstone film projects. The process includes finalization of scripts, preparation of pre-production package (including a detailed pre-visualization of shooting diagrams), execution of all pre-productions tasks dealing with scheduling and planning of locations, equipment, crew, and talent, as well as the execution of the shooting of the film. Students will meet weekly with their advisor and follow a specific timeline meeting specific deadlines. Students must meet these deadlines on a continual basis in order to pass the class. Students will also meet together once a month to present the status of their projects. Students will submit a pre-production package to their advisor which will be shared with all teachers of the class and will need to be approved prior to shooting. By the end of the semester students should have begun shooting their projects, and ideally have finished it (although some shooting will be allowed during semester breaks prior to the start of 499, after which principal photography should have been completed).
FLM 499 CAPSTONE SENIOR PROJECT 2
A seminar/workshop in which students will complete the post-production of their thesis projects which they shot in 498. Students are required to have completed the shooting of the project prior to the start of the semester. Only pick-up shooting will be allowed after initial editing and consultation with the advisor. Students will meet weekly with their advisors to keep them updated on project status, show cuts, and discuss planning. Students are required to edit and oversee the sound design for their own projects. Students will be required to submit a full rough cut of their films during the semester where they will be screened in a jury format. Failure to meet this deadline will result in the student failing the class. Students are expected to deliver final versions of their films with full sound mix, color correction, credits, and (if necessary) subtitles.
ART 101 ROMAN SKETCHBOOK
Roman Sketchbook is an introductory course in drawing. off-campus classes will provide landscape views, architectural forms, paintings, and three-dimensional sculpture as subject matter, using pencil, pen, charcoal, and sanguigna (red chalk) as drawing techniques. The course includes individual drawing projects and a written component related to the experience of sketching on location. The aim is to develop confidence and visual awareness in creating representations of the vast selection of art that the city of Rome has to offer.
ART 102 DRAWING 1
This course introduces the fundamentals of drawing in a variety of black and white media (charcoal and graphite) on paper. Students will learn the basics of measuring and proportions, composition, modeling volumes and textures, and the principles of perspective in a series of exercises and gradually scaled projects. Student articulation of drawing and design terminology in regular studio critiques will constitute an important component of the learning process. Off-campus visits to Roman venues staging exhibitions of drawings may be included. The course includes participation in a public exhibition of student work.
ART 103 PRINTMAKING 1
This course introduces students to a selection of printmaking techniques: linoleum prints, dry-point engraving, and monoprints in black and white and in color. Students will experiment with several plates to create a multi-colored print. Through the experimentation process, students will learn composition and a sense of color. Through the sketching and planning stages of their projects, students will learn to think critically and strategically. The course will culminate in an individual project and participation in a public exhibition of student work.
ART 105 THREE-DIMENSIONAL ART 1
This foundation course introduces the basic vocabulary, principles, and elements of working with space and form through a variety of short-term projects in a variety of media. Simple (and often innovative) materials will give students a basic understanding of the relationship between form and content. Color used in three-dimensional work will also be explored. Routine critiques of works in progress and finished works will be conducted. Off-campus visits to exhibitions of sculpture and installations may also be included.
ART 111 FIGURE DRAWING
This is a drawing course for students interested in exploring figurative art, working from a live model, and learning the classical technical training artists received in the ateliers of Europe from the 15th to 19th centuries. Using primarily charcoal on large pads of paper (60 x 80 cm), students will observe a live nude model and learn how to build a drawing of a figure, starting with a “gesture” (a quick study meant to capture the general shape and scale), proceeding with a technique of straight lines and angles (“boxing”) and finishing with an application of light and shade. Duration of the model poses may vary, but on average the model will hold one pose for the duration of each three-hour lesson (with appropriate breaks).
ART 112 MIXED MEDIA TECHNIQUES
In contemporary art, the choice of media is dictated by the individual needs of the artist and the clear-cut boundaries between traditional media (such as drawing, painting, printing) and unconventional media (collage, photography) have disappeared. In this course, students explore the properties of a wide variety of materials and techniques. They will experiment with the possibilities of combining different artistic techniques in a creative way and imaginatively explore the affinities between the different media.
ART 115 PAINTING TECHNIQUES 1
This introductory course introduces students to the techniques of painting in water-based and /or oil-based colors. The complexity of the artist’s craft will be introduced through a series of gradually scaled exercises; for example, students will learn how to make preparatory drawings for transfer to the canvas. Other projects include an introduction to imprimaturs, the function of grisaille, and the skill of working with glazes. The course culminates in participation in a public exhibition of student work.
ART 203 PRINTMAKING 2
Students will continue to expand their printmaking techniques from level 1 with an emphasis on experimentation in different materials and media. Techniques will include dry-point, monoprints, and multiblock woodblock printing in a variety of combinations that introduce new visual patterns and imagery. The course includes participation in a public exhibition of student work.
ART 251 SCULPTURE IN CLAY
This intensive sculpture workshop in clay takes place outside Rome with one meeting at the AUR campus after the workshop. Clay is one of the oldest materials used by humankind for the creation of basic utensils (cooking pots, drinking cups, etc.) as well as sculpture. The students will develop basic sculpture techniques and will be introduced to the history of sculpture in relation to this material. Basic sculptural forms will be discussed as well as the development of abstract sculpture. Students can work on figurative themes, including portraits and the human form. This course can be repeated up to three times. 1 credit.
ART 303 PRINTMAKING WORKSHOP
This is an advanced course in printmaking techniques. Students will further develop and explore personal concepts in the printmaking medium to produce a coherent body of work. Group discussions and critiques will be intrinsic to this course. Reference will be made to the work of both the traditional canon and contemporary artists across the globe to broaden the students’ range of personal reference. The course includes participation in a public exhibition of student work. This course can be repeated up to four times.
ART 315 PAINTING WORKSHOP
This is an advanced course in painting techniques, which may include other media, such as photography and printmaking as research aids. Students will further develop and explore personal concepts in the painting medium to produce a coherent body of work. Group discussions and critiques will be intrinsic to this course. Reference will be made to the work of both the traditional canon and contemporary artists across the globe to broaden the students’ range of personal reference. The course includes participation in a public exhibition of student work. This course can be repeated up to four times.
ANT 100 INTRODUCTION TO ANTHROPOLOGY
This course introduces a series of classical and recent topics in social and cultural anthropology: language, economy, kinship, religion, politics, myth, symbolism, gender, social stratification, ethnicity, and nationalism, globalization. Showing how anthropologists have approached these topics through cultural comparison, theoretical discussions will be combined with ethnographic examples taken from the variety of world cultures. Providing a basic vocabulary to the discipline, the course will invite a systematic questioning of taken-for-granted assumptions concerning human beings and their behavior. The course fulfills information technology and oral presentation requirements.
ANT 300 THE MEDITERRANEAN WORLD
This course addresses recent cultural, social, and political changes in the Mediterranean area, but from a historical perspective. The course will combine theoretical discussions with case studies from the three main regions of the Mediterranean area: the Middle East, North Africa, and Southern Europe. While stressing a comparative perspective, regional variations will be addressed throughout the course. The approach is multi-disciplinary, combining anthropology, sociology, history and political science. The first part of the course will address mainly cultural themes, while the second part of the course will address mainly political themes.
HSSO 208 SPORT AND SOCIETY
This course will provide core knowledge of sport’s role in the development of the modern world. It will ground students in the basic theories, methods, and practices of sport history while developing a basic knowledge of the political, economic, and social development of a variety of countries across the globe. To this end, the class will include notions of different historical patterns and sociological developments to show commonalities and differences between countries in relations to the function and role of sport. Classes will be based on lectures and structured group break-out work. Groups will then report back to the class and all participants will be encouraged to venture opinions. Teaching will also include the use of video material and off-campus visits. The course fulfills information technology requirements.
IA 100 INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: HISTORY AND CONCEPTS
For many years, it was argued that IR was a branch of Political Science concerned with the ‘international’ rather than the ‘domestic’ sphere of political life. According to most descriptions, the ultimate raison d’etre of IR was to explain why wars happened and how peace could be sustained over time. The main subjects were states, and the focus was on dynamics between states in an anarchic world. The modern study of IR incorporates, inter alia, many different actors, not just states (e.g. International Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations, Multi-National Corporations, Social Movements, Civil Society); the study of the environment; the emergence of an international human rights regime; the reasons for state failure; the degree to which globalization as a phenomenon is altering the structure of international society; and, increasingly, the sources of disorder in an age of international terror; hegemony versus multipolarism. Students will be able to debateconcepts like: balance of power, collective security, international legal arrangements, and globalization. This course is both an introduction to International Relations and a useful transmission belt to those going on to study IR after their first year. The course fullfils information technology and oral presentation requirements.
IA 201 GLOBAL POLITICS
The changes in world politics over the last 15-20 years have been both sudden and dramatic. This course provides the students with diverse conceptual frameworks for understanding the current transformation of global politics. How basic political science concepts (like state, power, political movements, governance) need to be readdressed in light of these changes will be discussed. The current stage of globalization will be explored by historical comparison with earlier periods of political integration and disintegration, going back to Antiquity.
IA 203 U.S. AND EUROPE SINCE 1945
This course examines U.S. influence in the reconstruction of Europe after WWII, the Marshall Plan, and the development of the idea of European integration, the U.S. as a world power with a permanent military presence in Europe, and the birth and evolution of NATO. Students will also analyze tension over decolonization in Suez, ‘the Special Relationship’ between the U.S. and Britain, tension with France and harmony with Germany, the end of the Cold War, the new EU, and the new NATO. The evolution of Transatlantic relations after September 11 and during and after the second war Gulf War will also be examined.
IA 305 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF EAST ASIA
This course examines the nature of international relations in East Asia. Particular attention will be devoted to the positions occupied by Japan and China in the context of the Cold War, as well as to their interactions both with the other regional actors, the two Superpowers and Europe. The analysis of the factors which were generated during the phase of bipolarism will facilitate the identification of continuity and discontinuity lines in the light of globalization. Topics will include: (1) the historical development of international relations in East Asia since the mid 19th century, (2) WWII and its legacy, (3) domestic institutions and foreign policy outcomes, (4) regional security issues, (5) regional economic relations, and (6) the implications of these issues for the United States.
IA 307 INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
A growing number of international conventions impose human rights obligations on States parties. They also assign to the so-called treaty bodies, as well as to regional courts, the task of ensuring compliance with human rights standards. As of 2006, the UN Human Rights Council monitors respect for human rights by member States. Since the 1990s, the human rights regime has been enriched by its encounter with criminal justice while non-state actors, such as NGOs, play an increasingly relevant role. The course, through an illustration of the general framework as well as an analysis of selected issues, is aimed at understanding how human rights have become a part of the legal system of the international community.
IA 352 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS IN GENEVA
1-credit Field Trip. A weekend field study trip to Geneva: students will visit the main International Organizations seated in Geneva (World Trade Organization [WTO], World Health Organization [WHO], United Nations’ High Commission for Refugees [UNHCR], International Labour Organization [ILO], Palais des Nations and the International Red Cross [IRC]). Scope and mandate of the different Organizations will be illustrated to the students by UN and IRC officials.
IA 401 CURRENT AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
This course is an in-depth study of American foreign policy. The course will briefly survey the history of American Foreign Policy which will serve to approach current foreign policy issues. Which are the main issues in today’s American foreign policy? What factors shape American foreign policy? How is American Foreign Policy carried out? How does American foreign policy work together with International Organizations (like the UN), military alliances (like NATO) and regional organizations (like the EU)? The students will be expected to carry out individual work analyzing American foreign policy in specific regions or countries around the world. There will be a strong focus on contemporary political events and how to understand and interpret these.
IA 402 INTERNATIONAL LAW
This course is a study of the nature and sources of international law, tracing its historical development and concluding with a discussion of recent proposals to strengthen world law. Also examined are recent events that have made international law more enforceable, such as the work of international tribunals and the International Court of Justice.
IA 403 CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND NEGOTIATION
Conflict is part of daily life: it can be destructive as well as constructive but it needs to be dealt with productively. Resolution is a collaborative process by which differences are handled and outcomes are jointly agreed by the interested parties. It is the transformation of the relationship and situation such that solutions are sustainable and self-correcting in the long term. This course will introduce the student to conflict, the cause, how it happens and why it occurs. Techniques and methods to approach, manage and resolve will be introduced, including good listening and communication skills. Various forms of intervention will be examined and applied: negotiation from a humanitarian perspective with armed groups, using selected case studies, will be examined and applied in depth.
IAPO 200 RESEARCH SEMINAR IN SOCIAL SCIENCES
This course will provide students with a broader common background on issues in social sciences, a forum for the discussion of these issues, advanced training in research methods, and support for improvement in their writing and speaking skills, particularly their extemporaneous skills in these areas.
POL 203 AN INTRODUCTION TO ETHICS
An introduction to ethics and associated philosophical issues. The basic concepts and techniques of moral reasoning will be introduced, along with some of the major moral theories. Particular policy issues in which ethical reasoning plays a crucial role will be examined, such as justice, paternalism, globalization and international aid, and bioethics across time and space. Challenges to moral reasoning such as cultural relativism and psychological egoism will also be examined.
POL 305 POLITICAL MOVEMENTS IN EUROPE
This course provides an in-depth look at the various political forces in Europe. The course involves a historical look at two important political movements of the twentieth century, fascism and communism, and will discuss how the European Union to a large extent developed as a reaction to overcome these movements. The course takes a fresh look at the political structures and the political culture of the major founding states of the European Community (France, Germany, Italy) and of those that emerged from the collapse of communism and decided to `return to Europe ´. In order to analyze the characteristics and the diversity of nation-states within a global and especially within a European context, the course will focus on the role played by the transnational party groups represented in the European Parliament as well.
POL 313 DEMOCRACY, POPULISM, AND AUTHORITARIANISM
This course offers an informative introduction to the complexities of government across space and time, highlighting regional trends on a global scale. This implies an analysis of: the purpose of governments; whether sovereignty is (or should be) accompanied with duties and responsibilities or not; the functions of political institutions; and the relevant actors in political processes in the global era. The meaning of complex and sometimes contested concepts such as democracy, democratization, populism and authoritarianism will be explored, and particular attention will be devoted to populist movements that challenge political establishments and consolidated democratic institutions.
POL 314 CONFLICT AND PEACE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN
This course addresses recent political and social changes in the Mediterranean area, with a focus on the eruption of political conflicts and the causes behind them. In recent years, a number of Mediterranean states have experienced a struggle between secular and religious forces over political power, and we will look at this struggle via a series of case studies from the three main regions of the Mediterranean area: the Middle East, North Africa, and Southern Europe. While stressing a comparative perspective, regional variations will be addressed throughout the course. Rather than proposing ‘the Mediterranean’ as an essential unit, it will be discussed how different discourses (political and cultural) are part of the creation of the Mediterranean as an ‘area’. For example, in the context of the Barcelona Process, the Mediterranean area is imagined as a security zone and as a European area of policymaking. The approach is multi-disciplinary, combining political science, sociology, history, and anthropology.
PORE 323 POLITICS, PHILOSOPHY, AND RELIGION
The course analyzes the reciprocal influences of Politics and Religion and asks how Philosophy has enquired into the interdependency of these two essential dimensions of human experience and social life. The aim of the course is to understand how religion affects politics and vice versa by considering the theoretical background offered by major philosophers and theorists. Through a combination of historical and theoretical analysis, students will be provided with essential tools to examine and critically discuss various case studies, from early modern history to the present. Themes and issues include Religion and Morality; Civil Religion and the role(s) of Religion in Politics; the Church and the State; Religious Liberty in Early Modern Europe; Religion as a factor of Social Change; Secularization; the Sacralization of Politics; Religion and Totalitarianism; Religion and Democracy; Post-Secularization.
REL 200 RELIGION IN A PLURALISTIC WORLD
This course examines the issue of religious pluralism, explores the relationship between religious truth and (in)tolerance, and examines how different religious traditions treat religious truth claims in regard to the social and political context in which they operate. The course examines the issues of pluralism, (in)tolerance, and the interferences between the religious and the socio-political realm, both historically and in the context of the contemporary world. This course may involve off-campus classes and Friday/Saturday field trips to some of the major religious sites in Rome and Italy.
SOC 100 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
This course introduces students to the systematic study of human society from the perspective of sociology. The course begins with a presentation of classical sociological thinkers such as Marx, Durkheim, and Weber and discusses sociology as a particular view on society connected to the sociological method. The course debates a series of classical topics within sociology with examples and case studies from modern-day societies: deviance, class, social interaction, social stratification, marriage and family, gender, age, religion, and population dynamics. Why societies have divergent norms, rules, and patterns, and how do these rules form, and why? The last part of the course will briefly introduce contemporary theories of modernity, post-modernity, or “liquid modernity”, and will open up toward a global perspective by debating sociology’s role in understanding contemporary globalization. The course fulfills information technology requirements.
SOC 120 LIVING ROME: URBAN SPACES, CULTURE, AND IDENTITY
This course will give students the opportunity to actively explore the multiple dimensions of the City of Rome systematically and on the basis of a theoretical framework of urbanism, cultural studies, and social theory. The students will examine how the city impacts its citizens, its businesses, and social organizations.
IS 220 TRAVELS TO/THROUGH ITALY: REPRESENTATIONS OF CONTACTS BETWEEN CULTURES
The depiction of Italy as a member of the G8 and NATO, a leading provider of fashion, cinema, cars, design, and cuisine, is relatively recent, though widely held. But Italy as the seat of a highly prized way of life traces back through the centuries, with many writers declaring their admiration, from Goethe, De Stael, and Stendhal, to Milton and Shakespeare. To understand Italy’s contemporary image in the world, this course seeks to understand some of the earlier representations of Italy and Italians from Dante, through the Renaissance and Baroque periods, the Risorgimento, the Great Migration, the Economic Boom and la dolce vita, and down to the present time. A primary goal of the course is to connect students’ experiences in Rome and Italy more generally with the experiences of other travelers and with the rich and diverse history of what being Italian is. Specific themes will include geography, the persistence of classicism in Italy to the present day, paganism and Christianity, northern Europe vs. the Mediterranean, post-Renaissance decline, rationalism vs. passion, localism vs. nationalism, civilization, and the natural. Students will come to realize that, beyond the Italian state, there are many “Italies” conditioned by a variety of historical, political, economic, social, cultural, and religious circumstances.
IS 253 DANTE'S FLORENCE
This 1-credit weekend field trip course presents students with a view of the city of Florence focused on its history as a medieval city of culture, home to Italy’s most famous poet Dante Alighieri. The course will take advantage of the city’s rich artistic history by visiting places of historical, literary, and artistic importance that will inform the student’s understanding of the medieval context, as well as places relating to or referenced by Dante in his writings, such as the Duomo and Battistero, the Church of Santa Maria Novella with its frescoes depicting scenes from the afterlife inspired by the Divine Comedy, the Church of Santa Croce with its tombs (including an empty one for Dante) of famous Italians, the Church Santa Margherita dei Cerchi, Dante’s family church, and the Casa di Dante Museum.
IS 306 IDENTITY IN FASCIST ITALY
This interdisciplinary course examines the dictatorship that ruled Italy between 1922 and 1943. It will address the relationship between culture and politics, public and private, Fascist biopolitics; anti--Fascism; fascist colonialism and racism; the cult of Mussolini; and Fascist-era femininities and masculinities. Secondary sources will be combined with a reading of primary texts, such as Fascist speeches and anti-Fascist novels, and viewing of newsreels and films produced during Fascism. Later literary and cinematic works depicting the period will also be studied.
IS 316 ITALIAN WOMEN WRITERS
This course presents an overview of women's fiction in Italy from the turn-of-the-century context, with writers such as Neera and Sibilla Aleramo, to the present day, with Elena Ferrante and Dacia Maraini. The course will examine women’s changing role within Italian society and issues such as sexual violence, motherhood, the search for self-determination and autonomy, and paths to political awareness.
ITL 100 INTRODUCTION TO ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
Open to students with no previous training in Italian, the course introduces features of the Italian language needed for interaction in everyday practical situations, such as the caffè, restaurant, accommodation, and in shops. The course satisfies a limited number of immediate needs necessary for survival in the target language culture. Cultural topics, such as religion in Italy, Italian geography, and Italian families will also be studied through readings in English, in order to familiarize the student with certain aspects of contemporary Italian society and culture.
ITL 101 ELEMENTARY ITALIAN 1
In this course students establish an introductory base in the Italian language in the four areas of language skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. At the successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate proficiency in everyday spoken Italian by performing the following functions: greet people and introduce themselves, give and follow simple directions, respond to and ask questions, describe their families and friends, order items in a café, discuss their life at school and hobbies, express likes and dislikes, and recount recent past actions. Students will be able to read simple written texts in Italian and write short paragraphs on familiar topics. Students will also have gained specific knowledge about contemporary Italy through cultural readings on topics such as family life, pastimes, and food and wine culture.
ITL 102 ELEMENTARY ITALIAN 2
This course, open to students who have taken ITL 101 or equivalent or the appropriate placement examination, is a continuation of ITL 101, Elementary Italian I. The course focuses on vocabulary expansion and strengthening the four language skills of speaking, listening, writing, and reading in order to provide students with the ability to converse on familiar social situations related to school, recreation, and particular interests, provide oral descriptions in the major time frames (past, present, and future), read short written texts, and write short compositions on familiar topics.
ITL 200 INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN 1 THROUGH FILM
This course is designed to improve Italian language skills at the intermediary level through an exploration of contemporary Italian film. This course is therefore designed to develop competency not only in grammatical structures but also strengthen listening and speaking skills and expand vocabulary acquisition. By watching and discussing clips from contemporary Italian movies, students will analyze idiomatic expressions, lexicon, grammatical structures, spoken and non-verbal elements of language, and Italian culture in order to gain linguistic competence and familiarize themselves with various aspects of contemporary Italian society.
ITL 250 INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN 2 THROUGH MUSIC
This course is designed to improve Italian language skills at the upper-intermediary level through an exploration of contemporary Italian music. This course is therefore designed to develop competency not only in grammatical structures but also strengthen listening and speaking skills and expand vocabulary acquisition. By listening to and discussing Italian songs, students will analyze idiomatic expressions, vocabulary, grammatical structures as well as explore aspects of Italian culture in order to gain linguistic and cultural competence.
ITL 301 CULTURAL TOPICS IN ITALIAN
The course, conducted entirely in Italian, focuses on strengthening the student’s knowledge and use of Italian at an advanced academic level while introducing students to major themes of Italian modern culture. Through the viewing of films and reading and analysis of literary texts and articles, the course explores topics relating to contemporary Italy, such as immigration and emigration, and issues and challenges facing young Italians. The course enlarges the student’ perspectives on Italy today by exploring various interpretations of cultural phenomena, with particular attention to artistic, social, and historical aspects.
MUS 201 MASTERPIECES OF ITALIAN OPERA
This course covers the historical beginnings of Italian opera in the Renaissance period, as well as the development of opera from the Baroque period through the Romantic period. In addition. Students will attend live operatic performances at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, Rome’s international opera theater.