Below you will find details of AUR's undergraduate course offering, by subject area, for spring 2023. 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 207 CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION: ETHICS AND PRINCIPLES
This course surveys the history of conservation and restoration and addresses current ethical dilemmas faced by curators, art historians, scientists, and archaeologists. Students will debate the various issues involved in the care of cultural heritage with reference to professional organizations, special interest groups, cultural identity, and economic development. Present and past use of an artifact, whether as a functional object, as a cultural symbol, as an historical record, or as a domestic space, requires that the conservator understand both the tangible and intangible nature of object. Particular reference will be made to the art and archaeology of Rome.
AHAR 214 EGYPTIAN ART AND ARCHAEOLOGY
An introduction to the history and civilization of Egypt. The aim of the course is to provide a broad overview of Egyptian society and culture as revealed through art and archaeology. The first half of the course will follow a chronological path covering the emergence and decline of Egyptian civilization. After the midterm exam, the classes will explore themes. The course will also cover the re-discovery of Egypt by the west and the dilemmas faced by modern Egypt in caring for this remarkable heritage.
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 104 INVESTIGATING ARCHAEOLOGY: METHODS & TECHNIQUES FOR ANALYZING THE PAST
Archaeological techniques introduces students to the principles of survey, excavation, post-excavation analysis, scientific testing, and heritage through a mixture of on-site visits, classroom lectures, practical classes, and fieldwork. The course will begin with a consideration of the ‘idea’ of the past and examine the historical development of archaeology. The course will then explore the key fieldwork techniques used to survey, excavate and record sites and monuments before considering how scientific techniques can date and analyze artifacts and environmental evidence. Contemporary issues of heritage practice, with particular reference to Rome, will be addressed in conjunction with a group project. The course will make use of ongoing excavation and research in Rome and Italy, and it is possible that this will necessitate some weekend fieldwork.
ARC 255 BRITISH MUSEUM AND ROMAN LONDON FIELD TRIP
A weekend field trip to London will be focused on two major elements – the collections of the British Museum and the archaeology of Roman London and the River Thames. Students taking this course will gain an in-depth knowledge of the British Museum – its artifacts, its ethics, and its controversies. Students will have the extremely rare opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Museum – visiting the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities and going down into some of the secret storage areas of the Museum for a handling session and a visit to the atmospheric Sepulchral Basement, a repository of sculpture and architectural elements in a vaulted hall. We will also look at the Museum’s policy on the display of human remains, concentrating on two bodies (Gebelein Man and Lindow Man), and at how modern scientific methods allow us to learn so much more about how they lived and died. Our exploration of the British Museum will include the Roman Britain Gallery and the Celt's Gallery. This aspect of our study will be followed up by a visit to two of the Museum of London’s galleries, London Before London and Roman London. In addition, this field trip will include two archaeological city walks: one focusing on Roman London (including the amphitheater) and one on the archaeology of the River Thames, including its shipwrecks and the Thames Foreshore Project.
ARC 312 FORENSIC GEO-ARCHAEOLOGY: MATERIALS AND METHODS
Studying the use of geoscience methodology to determine past events. Using these techniques in a legal context constitutes forensic geo-archaeology. This course introduces students to this specialization. The course will cover the methodology of investigating burials and analyzing geo-scientific data. Procedural issues such as interaction with other forensics experts and the police and the impact of popular television shows on public perception will also be covered. Much of the course will be in the form of case studies of both solved and unsolved crimes. We will investigate cases from the facts that make up each side to the potential evidence useful to expose culprits. This course will be full of discussions about the cases and creative approaches to reaching the solutions. The approach is hands-on so students will have a chance to participate in the process, not simply study it.
ARC 499 CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (THESIS)
The thesis offers students majoring in Archaeology and Classics the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the skills and competence gained in their course of study (as outlined in the learning goals of the Program (above) by applying them to a senior independent research project of their choice. The capstone experience will be taken either in the penultimate or ultimate semester.
ARCL 483 SPECIAL ADVANCED TOPICS IN ARCHAEOLOGY AND CLASSICS
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 interests. The course may include one or more required field trips. Students may take this course twice, provided the topics are different.
ARMG 315 MANAGEMENT OF CULTURAL HERITAGE
Cultural Heritage explores theoretical and ethical issues directly applicable to management decisions concerning cultural heritage sites impacted by modern tourism. Issues of authenticity, cultural identity, art ownership and enterprise, ideology and commoditization of art heritage, trade in art and antiquities, restitution, and repatriation will be discussed in theoretical terms and in case study analyses and on-site visits. The aims of the course are to enable students to evaluate real situations of cultural heritage and tourism and to exercise judgment in ethical issues involving cultural heritage.
CLHS 205 ROME: REPUBLIC AND EMPIRE
Exlores the Roman Republic and Empire, from the development of Italic culture in the Bronze Age through the dissolution of the empire in late antiquity. Via primary sources, students examine the development of political forms and ideas in the Mediterranean and their impact on Rome, the relationship of art and literature to society and politics, and developments in the areas of religion, science, and the economy. The course includes three required field trips to historical sites and museums in Rome and Ostia.
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 204 CLASSICS AND COMICS: ANCIENT CULTURE AND MODERN SEQUENTIAL ART
Analyzes the adaptation of ancient Greek and Roman literature and visual culture in modern comic books, grapic novels, and manga, with a specific focus on narratives of the Trojan War and its aftermath. Students read major works of classical literature such as The Odyssey and plays by Aeschylus and Euripides and examine their reception in subsequent periods, from the manuscripts of the middle ages to modern sequential art. Students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of sequential art and its analysis, and will examine the artistic processes involved in translating texts into visual narrative.
LTN 102 BEGINNING LATIN II
Follows on from LTN 101 with intensified grammar and reading. Open to students who took LTN 101 or equivalent. The course continues to develop the fundamentals of the language, grammar, composition and progresses to the subjunctive. Selected readings from graduated texts; introduction to ancient Roman civilization.
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 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 200 ANCIENT TO BAROQUE
Examines a thousand years in the development of Art (painting, sculpture, and architecture) in western Europe (from the early medieval period to the Baroque). The focus of the course is on the artistic heritage of the city of Rome and Italy, which will be studied and interpreted within the broader context of the Mediterranean and European/Western art. Major artworks and periods, elements of style, and protagonists will be examined from various perspectives, considering their historical and social context, artistic influences, and literary sources. The course is taught primarily on-site.
AH 212 CONTEMPORARY ART IN THE GLOBAL VILLAGE
The course begins by examining the art of the 1980s as providing the backdrop to contemporary trends. It then moves on to analyze art in a series of themes that have been widespread in artistic practice – time, place, identity, the body, etc. The scope of the course is overtly multicultural comparing and contrasting ethnic approaches. The course finishes with the students organizing their own virtual exhibition of contemporary art.
AH 216 THE ART OF WAR
Examines the complicated relationship between Art and War. The course traces the depiction of the combatants on and off the battlefield from the classical period until the modern era; that is, before and after the introduction of gunpowder and firearms. Students will study the depiction of the soldier/hero; battlefield scenes and modes of commemorating the fallen. Literary sources will be used to complement the visual records.
AH 312 VILLAS, PALACES AND GARDENS IN THE RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE
Investigate villas, palaces, and gardens in Italy between the 15th and the 18th centuries, in both urban and rustic settings. During this period, dramatic changes took place in the design of palaces and villas fueled first by a humanistic study of the ancient architectural treatises and then by changes in courtly and urban society. The topic will be considered from various perspectives including patronage, stylistic development, Renaissance architectural theory, urbanism, material culture, social contexts, and the history of garden design. This course is designed to foster a theoretical understanding of links between architecture and society with an emphasis on the use of primary sources for advanced research in art history. There will be two one-day excursions to visit palaces and villas in Lazio on Friday March 10 and Friday April 21.
AH 410 ART, POWER, AND PROPAGANDA
Investigate the intersection of visual culture, art, architecture, and urban planning with political power: art as propaganda for modern regimes. The seminar-style investigation will approach themes of art and propaganda as they were developed in a limited range of 20th-century political climates, particularly Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, and Soviet Russia, with connections to related historical and political examples. This seminar will venture beyond the traditional boundaries of Art Historical study by bringing into discussion the current state of research in nationalism and ritual studies on a theoretical foundation in aesthetics. The goal of the course is to advance superior argumentation, evaluate and employ primary historical source material (in translation) and apply current theoretical approaches to art historical research.
AHAR 307 LATE ANTIQUE AND BYZANTINE ART
Explores the art of Rome in transition from the late Imperial age into the early Christian, from the 3rd to the 6th centuries. Attention is also paid to the developments across the Mediterranean region and in Constantinople, to the relationship to Late Antique art, and to the formation of Christian iconography. Classes are held on-site and in the classroom with a possible excursion outside Rome. The course goals are to grasp the nature of art in periods of transition and to hone skills in critical analysis.
AHMG 320 ART GALLERY MANAGEMENT
Explores the principles and practices of art gallery management. Topics include the history of art galleries, artist and client relations, gallery space and design, collections management, staging an exhibition, and art marketing. The role of the art dealer and all aspects of gallery management will be discussed in theoretical terms and in case study analyses and on-site visits to Rome’s contemporary art galleries.
AHRE 106 SACRED SPACES: RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE OF ROME
Explores the main ideas behind the sacral space on the example of the sacral architecture of Rome, from the ancient to the postmodern. The course maximizes the opportunity of onsite 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.
ACC 202 MANEGERIAL ACCOUNTING
The focus is on accounting aspects in corporations (formation, administration, classes of stock, capital, retained earnings, dividends, treasury stock, bonds, investments and consolidated financial statements), statement of changes in financial position, cash flow statement, analysis and interpretation of financial statements, cost accounting (job order and process cost systems, variable costing, standard costs), responsibility accounting (budgeting and capital budgeting), cost volume analysis, and short-term decision-making.
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 200 BUSINESS LAW
Provides the student with an overview of the impact of legal, ethical, and regulatory considerations of the business organization. Although introductory in nature, the course provides a substantive analysis of the topics addressed. Specific topics considered include legal theory, legal forums and institutions, contract law, business forms, employment regulation, anti-competitive practices, and intellectual property. Although the focus of this course is primarily on USA domestic law, consideration is given to international and comparative legal issues.
BUS 300 INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
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 498 BUSINESS CAPSTONE: SEMINAR - STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT
Exploration of the strategic management model (environmental scanning, strategy formulation, implementation, and control) is the capstone course in the business program. It aids students in developing an understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face corporate top management; provides a comprehensive, up-to-date review of both traditional and innovative strategic management techniques and issues; and creates an opportunity for students to practice decision-making skills through application of disciplined analysis and management tools. The course includes a module on industry analysis and competitive strategy and discussions of special issues in small businesses, entrepreneurial ventures, and non-profits.
BUS 499 BUSINESS CAPSTONE: THESIS
The senior thesis offers students majoring in Business Administration the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the skills and competencies gained in their course of study by applying them to the research and analysis of a publicly traded, transnational firm. The analysis and findings of the semester-long research project are presented in a thesis paper and consultant-style presentation.
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 306 INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
International Finance opens with an overview of the global financial environment, including a history of exchange rate regimes: Gold Standard, Bretton Woods, and the present system of managed and floating exchange rates. Students then analyze the factors affecting the determination of exchange rates. With that knowledge, they turn to an analysis of international foreign currency exposure of multinational businesses and the financial derivatives available to hedge these exposures. Students will explore the role of international institutions, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization, as well as topics related to past and present financial crises, specifically Russia, East Asia, and Latin America.
ECO 208 THE ECONOMICS OF MEDIA ANDCOMMUNICATIONS
The economics of media and communications explores the industrialized process of content production, distribution, and consumption in the context of technological development and globalization. Students will learn to apply the key principles of economics to analyze core media industries and evaluate relevant policies. The principles of economics will be analyzed and applied to areas such as broadcasting, newspapers, social media, music, video games, etc. Students will also learn how to combine data and theories to present engaging case studies and will gain a basic understanding of the political economy underlying the dynamics of media markets today. The course requires no previous exposure to economics or mathematics.
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 314 GLOBAL VALUE CHAIN ANALYSIS
Examines value chain analysis by tracing commodity production through space from raw materials to final consumption and disposal. In the first part of the course, students will learn how to map a value chain, analyze its governance structure, understand the distribution of value across the various stages of production, identify strategies for upgrading and evaluate the effects of formal and informal standards on issues related to quality and safety. In the second part of the course, students will critically assess the effects of regional specialization on market structures such as local innovation systems, industrial clusters, and monopolistic competition. From a theoretical point of view, students will critically discuss the causes and implications of uneven geographies of production with a focus on space-shrinking technologies, labor rights and codes of conduct, resource appropriation, and environmental stress.
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.
FNC 400 PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT
Introduces students to the study of investments in financial securities. It focuses on the analysis of marketable instruments, both from a theoretical and a practical perspective. The primary focus is on common stocks and bonds. A significant portion of the course is dedicated to valuing and measuring the performance of these investments. Students will also explore the environment in which these financial securities are traded, including stock exchanges, financial institutions, and the impact of taxes and inflation. Where applicable, current events in the financial markets will also be discussed.
FNC 401 INVESTMENT BANKING
Students learn how investment banks and investment bankers operate. Public offerings, M&A, venture capital, sales and trading, merchant banking, debt financing, and institutional research, among numerous other aspects of the investment banking field, are studied, analyzed, and discussed. Emphasis is on developing analytical tools and social skills necessary to succeed in the world of Wall Street finance. The role of a successful analyst operating in such settings and working on such transactions will be emphasized in particular.
FNC 402 FINANCIAL DERIVATIVES: DECONSTRUCTING COMPLEXITY, INVESTING WISELY
This course presents an introduction to derivative securities. Both mathematical theory and real-world application will be covered extensively. Specific topics include forwards, futures, options, swaps, asset back securities, hedging, trading, international finance and emerging markets. Analytical techniques utilizing Excel will be an important element of the course. Diverse trading strategies, expressed in real world applications, will challenge students to apply classroom learning.
MGT 201 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
An 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 304 NEGOTIATING GLOBALLY
Provides the opportunity to develop negotiation skills in a series of simulations and exercises that get the student to apply a variety of bargaining processes in the contexts of deal-making and dispute resolution. The exercises have been chosen to highlight the central concepts that underlie negotiation strategy; students in this course learn about negotiation by concretely negotiating with each other. This interactive environment emphasizes the importance of keen negotiation skills to success in business as well as in everyday life.
MGT 305 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT INSERVICE OPERATIONS
Defines 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.
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 301 CONSUMER BEHAVIOR
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 policy makers, consumer advocates and, perhaps most importantly, consumers.
MKT 305 NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT
Students explore how a new product moves from conceptualization through launch. Discussions focus on concept testing and design, business analysis, product testing, commercialization and product life-cycle management. Also examined are the importance of value engineering, R&D, innovation and the contribution of “best practices” of well-known successful companies.
MKT 309 MARKETING RESEARCH
Students explore the role of marketing research in the overall marketing effort, the research process, and the most common approaches/techniques used. Marketing research is critical to helping marketers make decisions. Students explore the information needs of marketers, develop the research process, and discuss sampling techniques and data collection methods of primary data. Particular emphasis is placed on communicating the research results to different audiences. During the course, a full range of data sources, such as the internet, are also carefully evaluated. Students analyze company cases to evaluate if, when and how to use marketing research tools and work in groups to complete a marketing research project.
MKT 310 INTEGRATED MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
A bridge from the Principles of Marketing course to upper-level marketing courses, such as Advertising, this course introduces students to IMC, an innovative approach to marketing communications (the Promotion P of the Marketing Mix). Smart marketers today no longer manage the various promotional tools separately but rather first develop Integrated Marketing Communications Strategies that ensure that their many promotional efforts are unified. The IMC approach ensures a single, clear, concise, coherent message that is supported by each of the promotional tools. Students explore these tools (Advertising, Public Relations, Sales Promotion, Personal Selling, Direct Marketing and Alternative Marketing), while honing creative and decision-making skills.
MKT 316 GLOBAL FASHION MARKETING
It's a consumer centric world and the fashion industry is one of the main drivers of consumer purchases around the globe. In this course students are introduced to core marketing activities surrounding the world of fashion. These activities include but are not limited to market segmentation, market research, consumer motivation, product strategy, pricing, promotions and retail distribution. Fashion marketing will explore the terminology and fundamentals of the fashion industry while examining the development of fashion products from concept to consumer. Marketing principles, practices, and policies used by fashion manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers will be explored. A global perspective of fashion marketing will also be discussed.
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 211 PODCASTING AND VIDCASTING
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 the 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 213 TRANSMEDIA STORYTELLING
Narrative represents the integration of meaning-making experiences across a range of different media platforms; it takes one story and expands it across platforms. This course covers essential elements of transmedia storytelling from its history and key proponents to the critical examination and evaluation of key case studies and trending examples. Students will become familiar with multiple types of transmedia storytelling; analyze its multiple cohesive narratives; assess both commercial and grassroots extensions, and the impact on audiences (engagement, interaction, immersion, and co-creation).
COM 219 INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
Intercultural communication is an attempt to understand communication among peoples when cultural identifications affect the message. One approach is to learn the barriers one needs to overcome such as ethnocentrism, stereotyping, nonverbal misunderstandings, and translation difficulties. Students will learn how to recognize and overcome these barriers and how to understand and relate to other cultures.
COM 222 COMMUNICATION AND POWER IN ROME
This interdisciplinary course focuses on communication as an exercise of power in the context of Rome and Italy throughout their history. The course explores the role played by media and communications as tools for political and cultural hegemony throughout two thousand years of Italian History. From the acta diurna and the Aeneid in the age of Imperial Rome to the use of the Internet and social media by populist parties in the last decade, we will explore Italian History the interplay of the development of media technologies with propaganda, control, activism, and information wars. Topics covered include the role of communications during the passage from the Rome of the consuls to the Rome of the emperors; the ascent of the temporal authority of the Catholic Church; the use of newspapers and cinema as instruments of propaganda by Mussolini’s fascist regime; the rise and decline of political leader and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi. Ultimately, the course assesses the influence that the Italian experience had on global dynamics, ranging from modern imperialism to the populisms of the 21st Century.
COM 304 MEDIA AND GLOBALIZATION
This course is designed to provide students with critical perspectives on contemporary globalized media – where media are analyzed as industries, technological devices, and transnational cultural flows. The course will adopt a comparative and historical perspective in the approach to the analysis of media and globalization: starting with the development of strategic communication systems from the 19th century on, we will contextualize the historical relevance of the major technological developments of the 19th-21st century, and will later proceed with a critical analysis of the social, cultural and political relevance of the global circulation of media. After a comparative analysis of the concept of globalization, we will analyze and critically compare the circulation of media flows from “the West to the rest” (Stuart Hall) and of media counterflows -from the global South to the global North. Lectures, readings, case studies, and discussions will help students understand how key areas of history, industrialization, economics, and culture interact with contemporary international communication systems.
COM 306 DIGITAL MEDIA AND SOCIETY
This course provides an overview of the advent of digital media on society and its cultural, social, economic, and political implications. The increased power and speed of the Internet, in terms of its capacity to deliver and manipulate content, has enabled a new culture to emerge, the culture of convergence whereby individuals can deliver content and news with potentially the same capacity as traditional centralized information producers. Furthermore, decentralized production leads to processes with rapid interactive feedback resulting in changes in social behaviour when the information is consumed, repackaged, and recombined with other sources. According to Manuel Castells and other scholars, digital communication networks are transforming society. The ‘network’ is becoming the predominant form of organization in advanced societies. This is evident in business, patterns of work, identity and community, politics, and social movements. But what exactly is a ‘Network Society’? And do we live in one? The course will critically engage with these developments and introduce some key debates and theoretical approaches concerning interactive digital applications and tools. We will investigate the implications of social technologies and new models of content production, discussing issues of identity, community, production, and consumption, as well as campaigning and activism.
COM 313 DIGITAL CONTENT MANAGEMENT
This course gives students the opportunity to understand the key elements of content strategy for businesses and consumers in the digital age. The course aims at exploring the key role of content in an organization’s overall communication strategy. The course will delve into the theory and methodology behind content creation and management for a holistic and detailed comprehension of the subject material. It focuses on communication practices with prospects and customers, and also on the internal processes necessary in order to enact strategic decisions.
COM 403 MAGAZINE JOURNALISM PRACTICUM
A series of workshops where, under professional guidance and through practical experience, students are trained in magazine writing and production. Students will be working on a well-established cultural events magazine, Wanted in Rome, covering a variety of roles - from writing and editing to social media content production (i.e. Instagram and podcasting) in both print and online versions. The course aims to foster journalistic skills such as idea development, research, outlining, interviewing, and copy editing - in addition to practicing writing clear and concise sentences, paragraphs, blog posts, short explanatory pieces, descriptive passages, opinions, and narratives.
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 404 SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT
Provides students with a deeper understanding of the significance of social networks and their impact on business. The course aims at exploring strategies for social media management for organizations and professionals. The course also delves into the successful deployment of these strategies and how social media is redefining the relationship between business and consumer. It focuses on communication practices with prospects and customers and also on the internal processes necessary in order to enact strategic decisions.
DM 104 PHOTOGRAPHY IN ROME: THE ETERNAL CITY
Students will engage weekly with the city (on-site) to understand the complexities of composition, exposure, aperture, speed, and light to fully realize and capture the beauty of this monumental city. Students will learn to shoot using a variety of techniques and lenses to understand their inherent pros and cons in Rome while also learning the fundamentals of the exposure triangle, composition, and post-production to produce aesthetically pleasing photographs of Rome. Photographs will be presented (online) locally and internationally. 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 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 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 281 BLACK AND WHITE URBAN PHOTOGRAPHY
This on-site course will take you on a journey to discover all the unique angles, lighting, textures, spaces, and compositions found in the urban environment. Combining a mix of photographic techniques, the students will work with an AUR professional photographer who will inspire creativity at every angle and guide them through a truly unique city (and surroundings) which naturally lends itself to be captured in B&W. Students will work on narrative elements of street photography, landscape, abstract, architectural, and still life images as their themes.
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 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 204 SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE
The study of American literature from the colonial, through the romantic, realist/naturalist, modernist and contemporary literary periods, with particular focus on the major writers who exercised formative and continuing influence on American letters and intellectual life. It is an appraisal of these writers’ roles in the history of literature and ideas and an aesthetic evaluation of their work. Particular emphasis is placed on the diversity and representativeness of American literature as it reflects social and cultural conflicts related to race/ethnicity, class, and gender.
ENG 208 FICTION: GENRE, TECHNIQUE, AND STRUCTURE
The aim of the course is to help students acquire the skills for reading, appreciating, writing, and critically analyzing fiction. This course intends to introduce the students to basic concepts about literary technique, elements of fiction, and innovation while honing their critical thinking and writing skills. Students will not only be guided through the inspiring world of fiction, but they will also be steered toward a deeper and more insightful analysis of its purpose.
ENG 305 LITERARY EDITING AND PUBLISHING
This course is designed to be an overview of literary editing for publication and assumes students have advanced-level writing skills. We will explore in-depth the publishing industry — its history, current trends, and future possibilities—for both writers and editors. Students will develop many skills related to the publishing industry, such as copyediting, revision, query letters, literary critique and analysis, and submitting and reviewing work.
ENG 313 CREATIVE NON-FICTION WRITING
Examines a genre that has grown more diverse and creative than ever, embracing all styles from serious to whimsical and encompassing every topic imaginable. This course will focus on the creative process and the generation of several different forms of writing within the non-fiction genre, including the personal essay, the memoir, biography, and the journalistic or magazine profile. Through the examination of professional examples of creative non-fiction, discussion, and critiques, students will become acquainted with the techniques and tools used to build a strong portfolio of literary and journalistic pieces.
ENG 315 ADVANCED CONCEPTS IN FICTION WRITING AND CRITICISM
Students will learn a broad array of concepts and methods in literary studies and writing, taken directly from the self-reflective work of creative writers and the critical work of scholars. The acquired knowledge and expertise will enable students to navigate upper-division courses in writing and literature and to approach the capstone project with competence, poise, and style.
ENG 411 THE LITERATURE OF WAR
From Beowulf to Saving Private Ryan, war is a major theme in all forms of cultural and artistic expression. This course examines the various literary responses to war and the ways in which artists and writers have negotiated power, violence, and resistance within the context of military conflict.
FLM 100 INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL CULTURE
This course helps students to theorize the role of visual culture within their daily lives, exploring a range of media from renaissance painting to TV, magazines, internet media, gaming, and infographics. This course mixes theory with class discussion and practical exercises so as to help the student gain a working knowledge of the centrality of visual culture to business, political, and leisure culture. Areas covered include visual media analysis; the evolution of visual codes; the impact of changing technologies; media literacy; information graphics literacy; meme and viral culture.
FLM 102 VIDEO PRODUCTION
This course helps students to become fluent in the visual language of fiction film directing at a beginner level. The focus of the class is to develop the conceptual and technical skills needed to shoot coverage of simple, silent fiction film scenes using the paradigm of the continuity system. This includes: understanding the formal foundations of cinematic storytelling (with an in-depth exploration of film-shot typology), basic technical skills and concepts of video camera and lens operations, scene pre-visualization using blocking and shooting diagrams, the basic skills of shooting on location, and also understanding the relationship between shooting and editing. The class consists of a mixture of lectures and analysis workshops, as well as hands-on shooting 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 214 SCREENWRITING
This course is designed to give the student an overview of broadcast and film writing. Concepts to be introduced include various media formats, concept development, plot development, writing treatments, scene construction, dialogue, character development, idea generation, outlining, brainstorming, and more.
FLM 309 FILM PROJECT WORKSHOP
Students will produce three projects during the semester either as group or individual projects. The purpose of the class is to allow creativity for the students to use all of the skills they have learned in the first two years of the program. Projects will include short fiction, documentary, music video, advertisement, essays, experimental, mockumentaries, short fiction web series, short comedy sketches, etc. Students will be encouraged to develop and workshop their ideas for their capstone senior projects in the course.
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 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 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 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 202 DRAWING 2
Students will routinely draw from draped and undraped models in the studio. Emphasis will be placed upon learning basic anatomical terminology as it relates to the drawing process. Short, gestural studies comprise initial drawing sessions, followed by progressively longer, more intensive and elaborate poses and sessions. Students will explore all forms of mark making and drawing media techniques in the service of first recording and then working interpretively from the figure. Student articulation of drawing and design terminology in regular studio critiques will constitute an important component of the learning process. On-site visits to Roman venues staging exhibitions of drawings may be included. The course includes 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 212 SMALL SCALE SCULPTURE
This course introduces students to traditional sculptural materials (such as clay) as well as more innovative/modern and contemporary materials. Students will work with form and space. Part of the course will be given to modelling the figure in clay; students will learn how to project sculpture by drawing and then creating clay maquettes (small models in clay). On-site visits to Roman venues with exhibitions of sculpture may be included.
ART 213 THE ART OF MOSAIC
Mosaics have been appreciated for their unique characteristics: the polychromous “stone carpets” in luxurious Roman villas, the shimmering of light on the golden background of Byzantine churches, and the colorful patchwork of Gaudi’s imaginative architecture. This course gives an overview of the history and iconography of mosaics in their different styles and contexts. It also aims at introducing students to the main techniques and materials used for creating mosaics, with a focus on traditional approaches. The practical laboratory work plays an important role in the course, and students will create their own mosaic using traditional materials such as lime, stone dust, brick dust, and tesserae of various types. Techniques for the conservation and restoration of mosaics will also be covered through relevant case studies.
ART 215 PAINTING TECHNIQUES 2
This course in the craft of oil painting techniques explores the difference between direct and indirect painting. Projects include working from the model, working with a limited palette, investigating how to paint flesh, consideration of complex compositions, and looking at paintings from earlier artists to better understand their techniques. Attention will be given to the formal vocabulary of painting. The course includes participation in a public exhibition of student work.
ART 302 DRAWING WORKSHOP
An advanced course in drawing techniques, which may include drawing from a live figure, draped and undraped. Students will further develop and explore personal concepts in the drawing 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 references.
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 references. The course includes participation in a public exhibition of student work.
ART 499 FINE ARTS CAPSTONE EXHIBITION
Following meetings between the student and their supervisor(s) students will prepare a portfolio of their work and sufficient material for a thesis exhibition. Students will also present their work to the public with a talk/lecture (accompanied by a written paper); write an artist’s statement and resume.
FAPS 210 INTRODUCTION TO ART THERAPY
This course traces the history of “art as a healing agent,” introducing the key concepts of art therapy and defining its field of action. The historical debate about “process” (art as therapy) versus “product” (art in therapy) in the evolution of this practice will be discussed. A brief theoretical introduction will be followed by experiential and practical work. This course is recommended for students who want to experiment with art as a powerful tool for self-knowledge and personal growth and for students who want to explore the possibilities of art therapy as a profession.
ECPO 204 THE EUROPEAN UNION: ORIGINS, EVOLUTION AND IMPACT
This course provides an analysis of the emergence and development of the European Union from the aftermath of World War II to the present. The forces, the events, and the individuals that have shaped the European Union (EU) up to now will be presented together with the strengths and weaknesses of this project. The EU is the most interesting political entity in history beyond the nation-state trying to reconcile national and supranational interests and values – the EU‘s motto is: "Unity in diversity", in varietate concordia. The common currency and a common trade policy have not been met by a common foreign and security policy or a common tax or immigration policy. The EU project is still in the making. The EU is a controversial political-economic entity facing challenges as shown by the events in its recent past: the failed constitutionalization process; the eurozone debt crisis; Brexit; and the immigration crisis. From the European Economic Community to the Single Market, from the Maastricht Treaty to the euro, the course will show the evolution, the institutions, the interests, and the powers of the EU.
ECPO 213 GLOBALIZATION
What does globalization really mean? Is it a positive or a negative process? Who gains and who loses from globalization? After a brief historical introduction to the phases of globalization, the cases ‘for’ and ‘against’ contemporary globalization are explored. The course focuses on four key debates characterizing the globalization process: 1) the role of the State and civil society in the post-war international order; 2) the effects of space-shrinking technologies on our social and professional relations; 3) the controversial role of trans-national corporations for development and innovation; 4) the impact of globalization on the environment and the emergence of new theories of value.
ECPO 318 INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
This course will provide an introduction to the study of international political economy, a major sub-field of international relations, which studies the relationship between the global political and economic order. It builds on students’ understanding of theoretical international relations and current issues in international relations by examining the way that the global economy is governed and organized. It covers definitions of IPE, theories of IPE, the organization of the international economy in the pre and post-war periods, globalization, development, the politics of trade and finance,
FS 301 FOOD AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Focuses on the key environmental and sustainability challenges faced by our contemporary food system, from production to processing, marketing, consumption, and disposal of food. It reviews the historical developments of the agro-food system and the identified challenges, framed through evidence and debates of the scientific communities and civil society. The psychological, social, ethical, and cultural factors influencing food consumption patterns and practices will also be examined. The potential solutions for more sustainable food production and consumption will be reviewed through the study of selected policies and regulatory frameworks at the international and national levels. The course may include a field trip.
HST 200 HISTORY OF MODERN ITALY
An introductory course for all majors; it provides substantive knowledge about the history of Italy from the Napoleonic period to the present day. The study concentrates on the centuries of political fragmentation and the efforts to develop an effective political system. In this respect, the course offers insights for the comparative study of different ‘paths to modernity’ in Western Europe.
HST 307 HISTORY OF THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST
The Middle East has played a vital role in influencing the world we live in. In order to better understand the complexity of this region where major wars have been waged, it is necessary to equip students with an in-depth understanding of the forces and influences that have historically shaped the region. This will be done by asking questions that analyze trends such as the growth of Nation States, Arab Nationalism, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, the tension between Secularism and Religion, as well as the growth of Political Islam. The course will start with the encounters between East and West at the beginning of the 19th Century and the rise of Nation-States through to our times.
IA 200 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS: THEORIES AND CASES
This course consists of in-depth study of main theories of international relations: realism, liberalism, Marxism, constructivism, feminism, and post-structuralism as well as using these theories to explain political concepts and look at specific cases in contemporary politics. Beyond application of theoretical frameworks to current affairs students will learn how to criticize existing theories and how political science concepts evolve and change due to changing international context.
IA 202 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
This course analyses 1) the meaning, the origins, and the actors of global governance and the reasons why it is increasingly needed; 2) the centerpiece of global governance: the United Nations; and 3) the evolution, the role, the purposes and the impact of regional and sub-regional organizations active in Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia and in the Middle East. The course will also address a number of cross-cutting issues and challenges whose resolution requires a global approach and will, finally, discuss the role played by IOs in securing international peace and security.
IA 302 ISLAM AND POLITICS
Analysts and terrorism experts have examined the relationship between Islam and politics for years. Although this field of study is not recent, it has become both dominant and essential since 9/11. This course intends to provide a comprehensive, analytical, and in-depth examination of political Islam in an increasingly globalizing world. The purpose is thus to show the interaction of Islam and politics and the multiple and diverse roles of Islamic movements, as well as issues of i) authoritarianism; ii) democratization; iii) religious extremism, and iv) terrorism. The first part of the course will give a general overview; the second part of the course will focus on case studies at the regional and global levels.
IA 404 INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE
This course is designed to provide students with a deep understanding of international humanitarian aid in countries affected by a crisis (conflict, natural disaster). It gives a firsthand understanding of what is like to work under pressure in difficult contexts. It is based on both theoretical and practical knowledge in order to make the experience and learning applicable to the realities of the humanitarian sector. Students will hear firsthand experiences from people who have been on humanitarian field missions. Practical learning is at the heart of the course. The course uses interactive tools and scenario-based teaching (simulation exercises; role-playing).
IAPO 499 IR SENIOR THESIS
This project offers each student the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of International Relations theory and practice by applying the knowledge and skills gained in the IR program to a project of the student’s choice. This involves completing a project report reflecting the cumulative knowledge gained from these experiences. The course is intended only for students who are completing their BA degree in the Program of IR at the AUR.
POL 101 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
Provide students with a general introduction to the major concepts and themes of political science, drawing from the sub-fields of political science: Comparative Politics, American politics, International Relations, and Political Theory. As a field, political science is interdisciplinary in nature, referring to a number of disciplines to understand and analyze the distribution of power and authority across a diversity of political systems around the world. The course will cover a number of topics: from competing forms of democracy to the nature of economic development. More specifically, the course will explore, for instance: authoritarianism and democracy, unitary states and federalism, and presidential and parliamentary systems. A number of contemporary issues will be addressed, including political violence, competing economic systems, and the focus of different policies – i.e. Foreign/Domestic/Economic/and Social policy. The course will show how the same political regime (e.g. democracy) might produce different political systems depending on the prevailing values and norms of two countries (e.g. in the East and in the West). The issue of universal standards and blueprints (e.g. human rights) over different cultural, religious, and social norms will be presented and discussed. The course satisfies information technology and oral presentation requirements.
POL 120 INTRODUCTION TO THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SYSTEM
This course provides students with an understanding of the operation of the American political system. The primary focus will be on the structure and operations of federal governmental institutions (congress, the presidency and executive branch, and the judiciary) and their respective roles in formulating, implementing, and adjudicating public policy. The course also examines the context of American politics, including the historical setting, the constitution, American political theory, the place of political parties, and public opinion and participation. The course will compare and evaluate major issues and debates in American politics (both domestic and foreign) – e.g. health care; the economy; the media; terrorism – showing the diverse perspectives, contending approaches, and positions of minority groups and actors in the American political system (e.g. gender, ethnic, religious). The course satisfies information technology and oral presentation requirements.
POL 302 RECENT POLITICAL THEORY
This course offers an examination of leading works in political theory of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Central themes cover attacks on the reaffirmation of liberal democratic thought, problems of order and violence, social and political revolutions, and democratic processes. Readings are drawn from original works in political theory by Arendt, Dewey, Hayek, Lenin, Marx and Sorel.
POL 304 ETHICS AND GLOBAL POLICIES
This course encompasses a wide range of issues including the historical and political backgrounds underlying the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its global policy implications. Modern bioethical topics such as cloning, euthanasia, abortion, and the death penalty are extensively discussed. Special emphasis is placed on global, paradigmatic public health issues, such as the psychoactive drugs’ worldwide spread and the HIV/AIDS pandemic, whose social, political, and economic impact is illustrated in the broader context of the struggle for Human Rights and respect for existing cultural diversities.
POL 309 MIGRATION AND IDENTITY
The course provides an in-depth look at migration and anti-immigration in Europe. It provides students with a survey of different theoretical approaches used to theorize migration within and across Europe, examining the roots and socio-political impact of anti-immigration feelings, discourses, and policies in different countries within the EU. Debates and critical analyses of migration policies and practices dealing with ethnic minorities, racism, xenophobia, human rights, deportation, border control, and immigration make up the bulk of the course. these are going to be addressed considering the difficulties posed by the recent migration and refugee crises and the systematic challenges of implementing a common European policy on migration.
POL 321 TERRORISM AND POLITICAL VIOLENCE
Political violence has always been present. Sometimes it is expressed as a formal war between clearly defined combatants for clearly defined aims; more usually the aims are mixed and the methods and targets are even more muddled. It is essential to understand these distinctions, moral, legal, political, and practical in order to understand wider political practices both between nation-states and within them. Since 1945, there have been almost no “wars” in the traditional sense of the word and very few that approximate to wars between states. Future wars are more likely to be between ill-defined protagonists and since 11 September 2001 and the US’s “war on terrorism,” it has become even more important to understand the roots, aims, morals, ethics, and techniques of political terrorism and all forms of political violence.
PSY 101 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
An introductory course that covers the various fields of psychology, with emphasis on recent discoveries and the specific contribution and character of European roots and developments.
REL 101 INTRODUCTION TO RELIGION
This course gives students introductory exposure to various religions of the world as seen from the perspective of the academic study of religion. It takes an objective and non-sectarian approach and is intended to inform rather than to persuade. The course assumes that students are capable of understanding worldviews and value systems different from their own and that sympathetic exposure to such alternatives is both an integral part of university education and an essential component of functioning as responsible citizens of the 21st century.
REL 362 THE SANCTITY OF LIFE
Examines the religious foundation of the idea that human life is “sacred” and considers a wide range of historical and ethical issues associated with this central concept of Western thought. We will explore the meaning of the multi-faceted phrase “sanctity of life,” including its implications for such ethical and legal concerns as conception, birth, and termination of life; human dignity and human rights; the quality of life; and social justice. Some of the issues considered will include bigotry and prejudice; economic and social injustice; euthanasia, infanticide, and suicide; genocide, holy war, jihad, terrorism, and violence; health care and health costs; human trafficking and slavery; martyrdom and self-martyrdom; social stratification; aging, death, disposal of the body; and the afterlife, especially in Dante’s Inferno. We will consider how “life” is defined and described in different cultures at different times in history and how religions have influenced these matters.
SOC 100 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY
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 do 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 gives 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.
SOC 210 GENDER IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES
This course examines the role of gender in different societies and helps understand gendered dimensions of economic and social inequality, stratification, oppression, and power from global perspectives. Questions regarding sex and gender are going to be discussed in the context of complex social phenomena such as sex trafficking, the pay gap, machismo, immigration, development, poverty, marriage, and politics. Concepts such as democracy, human rights, freedom, emancipation, equality, and oppression are going to be critically evaluated through the careful analysis of gendered practices around the world. The construction of both masculinity and femininity is going to be addressed and investigated from comparative, cross-national perspectives. Case studies will help to approach gender in context and from a cultural relativist perspective.
IS 212 ITALIAN FOOD AND CULTURE
This course will focus on the social and cultural aspects of food and eating in different geographical areas with a special emphasis on Italy and its history. The course will be taught through a variety of readings, class discussions, and presentations and there will also be some practical experiences. Please note that this is not a cooking course.
IS 214 ITALIAN FASHION
Examines the history of Italy’s fashion industry in order to understand how it gained strength and importance in Italian culture. The course will analyze how fashion has been effective historically as a communication system that has represented the development of Italian national identity and in turn has had a considerable impact on Italian society and culture. Interdisciplinary in nature, the course makes use of novels, periodicals, and films from the late 19th century post-unification period to the present and will highlight the close connection between the massive presence of art in Italy and its influence on the development of a collective sense of aesthetics that finds confirmation in fashion. The course will also address contemporary issues relating to the fashion industry, such as black market fashion production and the search for humanitarian and ethically responsible fashion practices.
IS 250 SICILY AGAINST THE MAFIA
This one-credit field trip course presents students with a different view of Sicily and of the mafia in Sicily, providing them with an understanding of the emergence of a new Sicilian culture and society based on the fight against the mafia, on pacifistic expression and on the creation of a culture of legality. The course will allow students to visit sites of historical, social, and cultural interest that document resistance to the local Mafia and encounter local civic associations, community service, and solidarity networks active in the Sicilian context. Students will meet and exchange ideas with young Sicilians and thereby learn from direct experience an example of social activism in the Italian context. An understanding of the mafia in Sicily will be supported by readings from Sicilian writers such as Luigi Pirandello, Leonardo Sciascia, and Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and through the viewing of Italian films such as “I Cento Passi.”
IS 301 THE MAFIA IN ITALIAN SOCIETY, LITERATURE AND FILM
This course explores representations of the Italian Mafia in literature and cinema, with reference also to the Italian-American context. Students will be introduced to the history of the Mafia, starting from its beginnings in Sicily, and follow its historical and geographical evolution within and also outside Italy. The course will make reference to Italian literary texts as well as Italian and Italian-American cinematic representations of the phenomenon.
IS 305 DISCOVERING ROME ON-SITE, IN PRINT, AND ON SCREEN
This largely on-site course will examine the city of Rome, its transformations over different periods of its history, and how these periods have been portrayed in Italian literature and film. The course will combine on-site visits to areas of interest with the study of selected works of Italian literature and cinema in which the city plays a prominent role.
IS 311 ITALIAN COMEDY ON STAGE AND SCREEN
Examines Italian comedic and dramatic structure from the Renaissance to the 20th century, with particular emphasis on its influence on modern theater and film. The course will cover plays by playwrights such as Machiavelli, Goldoni, Pirandello, and Fo, as well as movies by directors such as Fellini, Scola, and Pasolini. Focus will be placed on the comedic form and its modes of portraying the issues of identity, reality, truth, absurdity, and art.
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 300 ADVANCED ITALIAN I: GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION
The course, conducted entirely in Italian, is designed for those who have completed the equivalent of two years of college Italian and taken the appropriate placement examination. Grammatical, syntactical, and lexical items covered in this course expand an intermediate level of proficiency to the first advanced level through extensive reading assignments, grammatical and syntactical reviews, and practice, and both spontaneous and reflective writing assignments, on such practical and abstract topics as reviews of films and plays, mass-media information, and cultural events.
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.
TTM 201 INTRODUCTION TO TRAVEL AND TOURISM
Designed to give students an overview of the travel and tourism sector from local to international levels. We will analyze the structure, scale, and organization of the industry and explore the natural, cultural, heritage, and recreational assets of tourism. Topics related to the economic, legal, political, environmental, and technological aspects of travel and tourism will be examined. Students will participate in various on-and-off-site learning activities to gain insights into tourism destination management and build skills in obtaining and analyzing current industry data, and determining key target markets - establishing site benefits and the impact the destination has on the tourist, the travel and tourism industry, and society. The comprehensive nature of this course will set the stage for more in-depth exploration of the topics in upper-level TTM coursework.
TTM 351 DESTINATION MARKETING: EUROPEAN WONDERS
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.
TTM 499 TRAVEL AND TOURISM CAPSTONE THESIS
The senior thesis offers students majoring in Travel and Tourism Management the opportunity to demonstrate mastery of the skills and competencies gained in their course of study by applying them to a contemporary management challenge in travel and tourism. The analysis and findings of the semester-long research project are presented in a written thesis and oral presentation.
ENV 102 PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
Introduces the physical elements and processes responsible for weather and climate, vegetation, soils, plate tectonics, landforms, their distributions, and their significance to humans. This special session on Physical Geography examines these processes as they are expressed in the context of the Italian Peninsula and the larger Mediterranean region.
ENV 103 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
An interdisciplinary study that includes applied and theoretical aspects of human impact on the world. In this course, an overview is given of the specific concerns of overpopulation, the energy crisis, and the general results of the overstress on the environment, including pollution, poor agricultural practices, and the depletion of natural resources. An inquiry-based laboratory component is designed to support students in constructing a meaningful, conceptual foundation of the environmental sciences. Activities and experiments will help students experience the earth and environmental sciences as the dynamic system of patterns it embodies.
MTH 102 STATISTICS I: DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS
Develops basic concepts of probability and statistics with an emphasis on application.
MTH 103 STATISTICS II: INFERENTIAL STATISTICS
Designed to have a more in-depth comprehension of the nature of data values presented in the major fields offered at AUR. This class will focus on inferential methods to make predictions about targeted populations. Students will learn how to collect sample data, how to classify these data into different variables, and how to place them in charts, contingency, and bivariate tables. Finally, students will learn, by the use of inferential Statistics, how to cross all these variables to determine whether a relationship exists among them in relation to potential populations. The goal of this class is to teach students how to support their research statistically.