SORRENTO, ITALY

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In addition to offering our exceptional in-residence study abroad experience in Sorrento, several popular courses will now be available online to provide students with distance learning options for the Summer.

Students interested in an online option will appreciate the interactive and robust mix of live and video lectures delivered by experienced and expert instructors, virtual field trips, interactive sessions, applied learning assignments, lively group chats, dedicated course tutors and 24/7 access and support. And for those interested in pursuing Italian Studies, our online sections mirror our in-residence courses by offering:

  • All the courses are a blend of both asynchronous and synchronous online learning
  • Six different levels of Italian language courses (fully taught in Italian)
  • Course entrance competency tests (when needed)
  • Two courses of Italian literature (fully taught in Italian)
  • Live lessons
  • A focus on communication skills
  • A spotlight on Italian cultural topics

Please note, courses are subject to change.

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ITALIAN STUDIES

Italian Language - Elementary (A1)

Course Code: WL101
Contact Hours:  45
US Credits:  3

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

· Demonstrate a basic understanding of Italian spelling and pronunciation (assessment: Homework; oral participation in class; oral comprehension quizzes and tests; dictations)

· Demonstrate a basic understanding of part of the Italian grammar and syntax (assessment: Homework–workbook; computer assignments; essay; quizzes and tests)

· Participate in simple conversations on topics on everyday situations such as work, education, food, time, weather… (reinforced through in-class group activities)

· Demonstrate basic reading comprehension skills (in-class or homework reading assignments–from textbook or internet sites; quizzes and tests)

· Demonstrate some knowledge of Italian geography, history, culture and daily life

Italian Language - Elementary (A2)

Course Code: WL102
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits:  3

Italian 102 will establish the foundations of conversation and grammar. Students will work on basic grammar and speaking skills through conversation, dialogues, exercises and drills; develop vocabulary through reading, discussing and writing; and learn more about Italian culture through reading, video and presentations.

Italian Language - Intermediate (B1)

Course Code: WL201
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits:  3

This course is designed for students who wish to develop the skills necessary to interact in the language and learn about Italian contemporary culture and society as well as Italy’s history. Students will continue to refine their speaking skills by completing tasks with your classmates in pairs and small groups and by following models of native speakers presented on video. Students will develop reading and writing skills by reading increasingly more elaborate authentic texts and writing related, reaction essays, and your listening skills will be cultivated by completing on-line listening activities, viewing and analyzing short clips from Italian movies, and listening to short lectures on topics in Italian culture, society, and history, such as Pompeii, the contemporary demographic profile of Italy, the history of the language, and of the unification of Italy.

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Italian Language - Post-Intermediate (B2)

Course Code: WL 202
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits:  3

This course is designed for students who wish to develop the skills necessary to interact in the language and learn about Italian contemporary culture and society, as well as Italy’s history. Students will continue to refine their speaking skills by completing tasks with classmates in pairs and small groups. They will develop reading and writing skills by reading increasingly more elaborate authentic texts and writing essays, and their listening skills will be cultivated by in-class interactions, listening to short lectures on topics in Italian culture, listening to Italian music, and watching Italian movies.

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Italian Language - Advanced (C1)

Course Code: WL 325
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits:  3

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate advancement in spoken and written language
  • communicate with advanced grammatical structures, idiomatic expressions, and refined vocabulary
  • communicate personal opinions in group discussions on a variety of topics, articles, events, and personal stories.

Italian Language - Special Topics: Post-Advanced (C2)

Course Code: WL325
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits:  3

Italian 106 aims to guide students to become aware of their personal learning style and strategies, and to support them in their independence. Students need to have completed 5 semesters of Italian language. The language acquisition process takes place and is reinforced through daily contact with the language and through an interactive computer component. The grammatical revision of the language emerges from the linguistic encounters in class, where language teaching is embedded in the socio-cultural context of contemporary Italy. The multimedia component reinforces, tests and contextualizes language learning done in the classroom and is regarded as an essential part of this course.

Medieval Italian Literature I (Dante)

Course Code: WL325
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits:  3

Dante Alighieri is the most important Italian poet, the father of Italian language and the principal figure of Medieval Literature in Europe.

This course will examine Dante’s Divine Comedy and some other minor works of his (i.e.“Vita Nuova” and “Convivio”). The course aim is to allow students to examine his internationally renowned literary texts in their original language.

Students will read excerpts from these works and engage in ahistorical, literary and rhetorical analysis of texts while determining techniques of poetic composition. Students are expected to actively participate and contribute to class discussion. They are also expected to do all the exercises assigned daily.

*Students must have earned at least 12 credits of Italian language as the course will be instructed in Italian.

Contemporary Italian Literature

Course Code: WL325
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits:  3

Students will study Italian literature of the Twentieth Century.

Students will critically analyze the internationally renowned literary texts in their original language.

Authors include Pirandello, Quasimodo, Ungaretti, Montale and others. Students will read excerpts from these works and engage in a historical, literary and rhetorical analysis of texts while determining techniques of poetic composition. Students will also learn about the lives of authors and the historical context and how these affected the masterpieces studied. Students are expected to actively participate and contribute to class discussion. They are also expected to do all the exercises assigned daily.

*Students must have earned at least 12 credits of Italian language as the course will be instructed in Italian.

ARTS AND HUMANITIES

Greek Influence in Southern Italy: Colonization & Culture

Course Code: HIST 350
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits:  3

History of Italian Cinema

Course Code: FVA 276
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits:  3

The course introduces the student to the world of Italian Cinema. In the first part the class will be analysing Neorealism, a cinematic phenomenon that deeply influenced the ideological and aesthetic rules of film art. In the second part we will concentrate on the films that mark the decline of Neorealism and the talent of “new” auteurs such as Fellini and Visconti. The last part of the course will be devoted to the cinema from 1970’s to the present in order to pay attention to the latest developments of the Italian industry. The course is a general analysis of post-war cinema and a parallel social history of this period using films as “decoded historical evidence”. Together with masterpieces such as “Open City” and “The Bicycle Thief” the screenings will include films of the Italian directors of the “cinema d’autore” including “The Conformist”, “Life is Beautiful”, “Le conseguenze dell’amore”.

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CULTURAL STUDIES

Global Business: Italy and Tourism

Course Code: INB 421
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits:  3

The course presents concepts of tourism relating to food and geography, using Italy as its example. The course is relevant to students of all backgrounds but was designed specifically for students of hospitality, business, and culinary arts. Students will study international organizations operating in tourism (i.e. WTO) and the different types of tourism, with particular attention paid to sustainable tourism.

Students will be asked to investigate the tourism geography of Italy, becoming familiar with the most important tourist sites in Italy and Campania (through several excursions). The third module of the course will be dedicated to a very important kind of tourism in Italy and of the Campania: Food and Wine Tourism.

Greek Influence in Southern Italy: Colonization & Culture

Course Code: HIST 350
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits:  3

History of Italian Cinema

Course Code: FVA 276
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits:  3

The course introduces the student to the world of Italian Cinema. In the first part the class will be analysing Neorealism, a cinematic phenomenon that deeply influenced the ideological and aesthetic rules of film art. In the second part we will concentrate on the films that mark the decline of Neorealism and the talent of “new” auteurs such as Fellini and Visconti. The last part of the course will be devoted to the cinema from 1970’s to the present in order to pay attention to the latest developments of the Italian industry. The course is a general analysis of post-war cinema and a parallel social history of this period using films as “decoded historical evidence”. Together with masterpieces such as “Open City” and “The Bicycle Thief” the screenings will include films of the Italian directors of the “cinema d’autore” including “The Conformist”, “Life is Beautiful”, “Le conseguenze dell’amore”.

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History of Italian Food and Culture

Course Code: HIST 350
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits:  3

In this course we will trace the history of Italian food from a transnational perspective. Challenging nationalist historiographies we will focus on circulation, exchanges, hybridity and mobility.

Borrowing from Edward Said’s notion of “overlapping territories and intertwined histories,” we will discuss how food is part of a stratified and heterogeneous modernity suspended between the local and the global.

Special topics will include: Arab and Asian merchants before the European hegemony; Mediterranean currents; the Columbian exchange; Neapolitan food and the invention of tradition; Italian American food and issues of memory and ethnicity; Food and Southern Italian migrants in northern Italy; food and the boom economico; multiethnic food in contemporary Italy; space and place in connection with food in Italy and the United States. Some works of cinema and popular music will be included.

 

New York Calls, Naples Responds

Course Code: JU 330
Contact Hours:  45
US Credits:  3

This course will trace a form of call and response between New York City and Naples. It will juxtapose these two cities within wider currents, moving across time and space and tracing multiple histories that connect past, present and futurity, local and global. Topics will include the early slave rebellions in the Americas, the 1648 rebellion of Naples, the U.S. military presence in Naples during World War II and Cold War era, Italian immigration to New York City and the urban crises of Naples and New York in the 1970s and 1980s.
In this course, music, cinema and other cultural expressions are not considered as a background but become central narrative devices. Sustained by the saxophone sound of James Senese, the electro funk of Afrika Bambaataa, the echo chamber effect of Sha-Rock, the poetry of Sandra María Esteves, the blue maps of Bobby Womack and Mario Merola we will study unexpected and critical connections between New York City and Naples.
In addition to music, films, and poems, we will use other primary sources collected at the archives of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library, the Bronx County Historical Society and the National Library of Naples.

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BUSINESS AND ADMINISTRATION STUDIES

Global Business: Italy and Tourism

Course Code: INB 421
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits:  3

The course presents concepts of tourism relating to food and geography, using Italy as its example. The course is relevant to students of all backgrounds but was designed specifically for students of hospitality, business, and culinary arts. Students will study international organizations operating in tourism (i.e. WTO) and the different types of tourism, with particular attention paid to sustainable tourism.

Students will be asked to investigate the tourism geography of Italy, becoming familiar with the most important tourist sites in Italy and Campania (through several excursions). The third module of the course will be dedicated to a very important kind of tourism in Italy and of the Campania: Food and Wine Tourism.

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Greek Influence in Southern Italy: Colonization & Culture

Course Code: HIST 350
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits:  3

History of the Mafia

Course Code: HIST 350
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits:  3

The course examines the history of southern Italian organized crime syndicates from their origins to the present day. It also focuses on how these mafias work and have succeeded, on their activities as well as on modern-day approaches to combating the criminal presence in Italy, including the reaction of civil society organizations.

Attention is paid to examples of Mafia enterprises, its past and present role in politics, and its evolution from a regional organization to one with an international reach. A research project, with both a paper and an oral presentation, is required in addition to two written exams.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  • discuss the historical origins of the Mafia;
  • describe how the Mafia works and the tactics it has used to succeed;
  • discuss past and present Mafia enterprises;
  • describe the role the Mafia has and does play in Italian politics;
  • critically examine the different approaches used to combat the Mafia;
  • describe the evolution of the Mafia from an organization that was regional in scope to one today that has international reach;
  • employ basic research techniques to locate, evaluate and synthesize information from a variety of sources.

SCIENCES and NATURAL SCIENCES

Introduction to Marine Biology

Course Code: MSC 113
Contact Hours: 45
US Credits:  3

This course focuses on the biology of organisms residing in the sea, from the diversity of planktonic communities to marine megafauna, taking into consideration the ecological principles that govern marine life. The course aims to provide a solid educational background in basic and applied marine biology. Emphasis will be placed on marine environment issues and the adaptive and evolutionary mechanisms of organisms that allow them to occupy marine habitats. In particular, the Mediterranean Sea will play a central role in the course subjects, profiting from the availability of unique ecosystems and a nearby renowned marine research institute to conduct thematic field trips and practical tutorials.

REQUIREMENTSbring a mask and a snorkel for Marine Bio field trips.

  • Summer II , 2020: June 28-August 1, 2020. Application deadline: June 15, 2020
  • Summer II, 3 credits (one course): $2,290
  • Summer II, 6 credits (two courses): $3,390

Price includes U.S. accredited transcript.

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