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FLOR HIST 3325 Syllabus

A Cultural History of Florence from the Renaissance to Present

This course will introduce the cultural identity of Florentines and the history of Florence, covering four main periods: the Renaissance, foreign rule, 1815 - World War I, and fascism through to the present day. Students will investigate key patterns of the Florentine cultural identity paradigm, including a variety of aspects within topics such as politics, economy, religion, law, arts, and language; and examine lines of continuity and discontinuity between Florentine, Tuscan, Italian, European, and world cultural patterns.

FLOR HIST 3326 Syllabus

A Cultural History of Organized Crime: Italian vs. American Mafia

This course will examine the reasons why the socio-criminal phenomenon of the Mafia continues to self-reproduce after more than a century. Students will conduct a comparative study between the two societies where the Mafia took roots, specifically the Italian Mafia versus the American Mafia; explore the history of the Mafia from three main perspectives: historical, political, and sociological; and be able to distinguish clearly between the interpretation of the mafia emerging from fiction books and movies, and the real representation of this socio-criminal phenomenon.

FLOR PSYC 3361 Syllabus

Abnormal Psychology

This course will introduce the psychological, biological, and experiential factors thought to influence the symptoms, etiology, course/prognosis, and treatment of mental disorders in adults. Students will develop an understanding of the rationale for the diagnostic criteria and other clinical signs accompanying common DSM-5 disorders; causal and maintenance factors of disorders; and examples of empirically supported treatments. 

FLOR URBS 3345 Syllabus

Analyzing and Exploring the Global City: Florence

This course will introduce the impact of globalization on Florence. Using the city as a research field, students will explore the complex dynamics that shape the identity of Florence by applying a critical perspective on the notion of globalization, and by analyzing the socio-cultural forces at play both historically and presently; observe the cultural variability in Florence; discuss the relativity of cultural values; and investigate how the multicultural aspect of Florence’s identity has been discursively constructed, and by which social actors.

FLOR ITAL 1101 Syllabus

Beginner Italian Language 1

This course, designed for students with no prior knowledge of the Italian language, will focus on basic Italian language skills necessary to communicate clear messages in everyday life. Students will develop an understanding of the fundamental knowledge of grammar, phonetics, morphology, and syntax using a functional-situational approach where lessons will focus on real situation exercises, grammar drills, consolidation of material, and a deepening of concepts through readings, conversations, role playing games, and listening exercises to correct pronunciation.

FLOR ITAL 1102 Syllabus

Beginner Italian Language 2

This is an intensive 65-hour course, designed for students who have already taken one semester of Italian language. Students will refine previously acquired linguistic skills, analyze the usage of new grammar structures, and continue to practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing simple everyday Italian in different situations. Students will engage with authentic materials, such as ads, brochures, videos, and songs to develop an understanding of contemporary Italian language and culture, and will also have opportunities to develop language skills outside of the classroom, through direct, guided experiences in locations around the city.

FLOR ARTS 1103 Syllabus

Beginning Composition Drawing

This course will introduce students to fundamental approaches, techniques, tools, and mediums of drawing. Students will focus on various aspects of Florence as subject matter; enrich studio work with encounters with Florentine artists and through field studies; increase their visual awareness and perception; explore their creative potential and ability to make visual statements, while enjoying the challenge of drawing; and visually interpret examples of the impact of globalization in the urban environment through their artwork.

FLOR ARTS 1105 Syllabus

Beginning Figurative Sculpture

This course will introduce basic tools and techniques of figurative sculpture, focusing on skills and techniques necessary for clay modeling. Students will approach full three-dimensionality, starting with the copy of a detail of Michelangelo’s David and ending with the copy of the Bernini’s portrait of Costanza Bonarelli, following the entire process through a step-by-step demonstration. Following this, students will have the opportunity to develop an idea for a personal project, based on a theme, and present it with a proposal. They will also take part in a jewelry-making workshop.

FLOR ARTS 1104 Syllabus

Beginning Watercolor

This course will introduce students to the materials and techniques of the unpredictable medium of watercolor painting within the framework of Florence. Students will focus on various aspects of Florence as subject matter; enrich studio work with encounters with Florentine artists and through field studies; increase their visual awareness and perception; explore their creative potential and ability to make visual statements, while enjoying the challenge of painting; and visually interpret examples of the impact of globalization in the urban environment through their artwork.

FLOR FILM 3316 Syllabus

Contemporary Italian Cinema: Contemporary Italy on the Screen

This course will introduce contemporary Italy’s major issues (immigration, acceptance of diversity, relationships with politics, and racism) through recently released films. Students will analyze 20 films from the late 1990s to the present day; develop an understanding of contemporary Italian society through the image that some of the most valuable Italian filmmakers of the youngest generation have given of the cultural, political, and working environment they live in; and explore the ways in which contemporary Italian cinema has followed, mirrored, and sometimes even anticipated, cultural and social transformations in Italian society.

FLOR PSYC 3320 Syllabus

Cross Cultural Psychology

This course will explore the field of cross-cultural psychology through a focus on Italy and its inhabitants. Students will discuss aspects of cross-cultural analysis from the field of cross-cultural psychology, including cultural influence on human behavior, attitude, values, communication, and societal organization; examine topics of ethnocentrism, individual vs. collective societies, plural societies, cultural views on mental health, and intercultural communication; and investigate methodical issues of cross-cultural research, with the opportunity to be participant-observers of their own experiences in Italy, including through field work.

FLOR ANTH 3341

Food Systems in a Globalized World: Where Does Our Food Come from and How Is It Produced?

Course details and syllabus will be available in summer 2021. Please contact us with any questions at 800.793.0334 or at www.capa.org/contact-us

FLOR ANTH 3340 Syllabus

Food, Culture & Lifestyle under the Tuscan Sky

This course will direct students to reflect about their own relationship with food. Starting from a multi-disciplinary approach, that involves such fields as sociology, history, anthropology and nutrition, students will explore new aspects of their life in Italy directly related to health, education and everyday life. The final aim of this course is to provide an insightful, life-changing experience, which leads students to develop healthier lifestyles (Personal Development Outcome), comparing their culture with Italian culture (Diversity Outcome) and its distinct history and traditions related to food (Urban Environment Outcome).

FLOR LITR 3319

From the Black Death to Present Day: Threatening the End of the World between Chronicles and Literature

Course details and syllabus will be available in summer 2021. Please contact us with any questions at 800.793.0334 or at www.capa.org/contact-us

FLOR SOCY 3367 Syllabus

Gender, Culture and Society

This course will explore a range of theories and debates that surround the issue of gender in both Florence and international contexts. Students will develop an understanding of key concepts and ideas that have been applied to the study of gendered identity; critically analyze gendered identity in both Florence and the United States; and examine historical and contemporary case studies in order to investigate how and why gender is such a critical element of past and present identity politics.

FLOR INTP 3347 Syllabus

Global Internship Course

The Global Internship Course is designed to be completed alongside an internship placement, allowing students to earn academic credit. Students will attend weekly, discussion-led sessions that include educational support and mentoring in a classroom environment; develop personal and professional skills; learn to contextualize their internship experience socially and culturally; and employ the use of Globally Networked Learning technology to conduct a comparative global analysis in collaboration with other CAPA students. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through CAPA Masterclasses led by professionals in a diverse range of fields.

FLOR BUSN 3378 Syllabus

Global Workforce Management

This course will provide students with an integrative framework for understanding the business and legal challenges associated with effective workforce management on a global scale. Students will compare international labor markets in terms of labor costs, labor supply, and workplace culture; and analyze case studies from developed and emerging economies to investigate the complex cultural and regulatory environment that multinational firms face in such areas as talent management, performance management, offshore outsourcing, downsizing, and industrial relations.

FLOR SOCY/COMM 3309 Syllabus

Interculture and Migration in Italy: Intercultural Piazza

This course will explore the complexities of cultural identity and migration, and the impact they have on intercultural conflict and cooperation. There will be a particular focus on migration in Italy and on the marginalized communities of contemporary Italy, such as migrants, their Italian-born non-citizen children, and the Roma. We will examine the fluidity of cultural boundaries across time and space, and how ingroup and outgroup dynamics contribute to the manufacturing of fear and prejudice among populations. During their semester abroad, students will reflect on the various elements that define a culture while gaining an increased understanding of how culture shapes individuals and how our cultural identities interact in shared social spaces such as the piazze of Florence. 

FLOR ITAL 2201 Syllabus

Intermediate Italian Language 1

This is an intensive 65-hour course, designed for students who have already completed two semesters of Italian language. Students will continue to develop basic Italian language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday situations, focusing on pronunciation, grammar and communicative functions, and vocabulary; and explore contemporary Italian language and culture by engaging with authentic materials such as ads, brochures, videos, songs, magazine articles, films, and a short book. Students should expect to complete a diagnostic test on the first meeting, based on grammar structures covered in previous Italian courses, which will help the instructor ascertain the general level of language proficiency of the class.

FLOR ITAL 2202 Syllabus

Intermediate Italian Language 2

This is an intensive 65-hour course, designed for students who have already completed three semesters of Italian language. Students will continue to develop basic Italian language skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing for everyday situations, but at a higher level, focusing on pronunciation, grammar and communicative functions, and vocabulary; and explore contemporary Italian language and culture by engaging with authentic materials such as ads, brochures, videos, songs, magazine articles, films, and a short book. Students should expect to complete a diagnostic test on the first meeting, based on grammar structures covered in previous Italian courses, which will help the instructor ascertain the general level of language proficiency of the class.

FLOR BUSN 3376 Syllabus

International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior

This course will examine how theories, experimental research, and current issues in the field of organizational behavior apply in the context of the international workplace. Students will focus on the application of core management theories and strategies, base their studies on interdisciplinary research from fields including psychology, sociology, economics, political science, and anthropology; develop an understanding of human behavior within a global work environment and across historical and current issues; and reflect critically on how theoretical frameworks can be applied and developed within the organizational setting.

FLOR BUSN 3374 Syllabus

International Economics

This course will explore key economic issues in the global business environment. Students will develop an understanding of how global businesses are impacted by real world developments in economics, politics, and finance; critically examine the global economic landscape with an emphasis on the interaction between international economics and business through discussions of current economic and political development; and explore topics such as globalization, country differences, cross-border trade and investment, the global monetary system, and competing in a global marketplace.

FLOR BUSN 3373 Syllabus

International Finance

This course will examine the topic of finance in the international context. Students will explore historical perspectives and foundations of international finance, international capital flows, foreign direct investment, the exchange rate determination and exposure management, international capital markets and institutions, and financial management of a multinational firm; examine the current economic landscape through topical discussions of current economic and political developments and their impact on international finance; and develop an understanding of the opportunities and risks associated with international finance.

FLOR BUSN 3372 Syllabus

International Marketing

This course will explore terms, concepts, and theories of marketing in the international context, as well as its scope and challenges. Students will examine how global dimensions technology, research, capital, investment, and production impact marketing, distribution, and communication networks; gain insight into the increasingly interdependent global economic and physical environment and its impact on international marketing; analyze current international marketing issues and their implications; and develop an understanding of how companies create competitive strategic plans that enable them to survive and succeed in global markets.

FLOR PSYC 3362

Into the Light: Identity, Globalization, Prejudice, and Moving Forward Together

Course details and syllabus will be available in summer 2021. Please contact us with any questions at 800.793.0334 or at www.capa.org/contact-us

FLOR ARTS 1107 Syllabus

Introduction to Photojournalism

This course will introduce technical digital SLR camera skills, focusing on compositional elements and photography’s narrative possibilities. Students will explore the history of photography through analysis of projects and images realized by famous photographers; create personal visual tales of their experience of a new, unknown reality; develop an understanding of the relationship between technical skills and creative purposes; and examine the ways in which photography can be used as a tool of documentary record, cross cultural understanding, artistic expression, and self discovery. Students will be required to have a digital SLR camera for this course.

FLOR LING 3356 Syllabus

Language and Identity

This course will reflect on the essentiality of language and its role in forming human identity. Through collaborative and comparative learning processes, students will broaden their understanding of how language and identity intertwine and interconnect across different spaces, times, and environments; and examine how language intervenes in identity building at various levels. This course is a CAPA fully Globally Networked Learning course—the first of its kind and an unprecedented enterprise in study abroad.

FLOR BUSN 3380 Syllabus

Managing Global Supply Chains

This course will focus on issues within operations that are of relevance to a firm’s ability to remain competitive in a global economy. Students will explore legal, ethical, operational, venture risk, and reliability factors in addition to specialized topics in supply chain management within a global environment; analyze how factors of instability such as terrorism, climate change, and political and cultural contrasts can be unsurmountable walls, crises to manage, or occasionally, business opportunities; and develop an understanding of the dynamics and opportunities around the world for global companies.

FLOR ARTH 3313 Syllabus

Museology: The Art of collecting Objects

This course will investigate the birth of art collections and museums from Roman porticos to 19th century European museums. Students will examine the history of collecting objects; develop an understanding of the role museums play in contemporary society by researching, analyzing and interpreting such factors as an artwork’s social significance in the past, its original location, the patron who commissioned it, and the interests of the collector who decided to place the piece in a museum; visit museums; and conduct personal research with other visitors to Florence’s museums.

FLOR FILM 3316 Syllabus

Online: Contemporary Italian Cinema - Contemporary Italy on the Screen

This course will introduce contemporary Italy’s major issues (immigration, acceptance of diversity, relationships with politics, and racism) through recently released films. Students will analyze 20 films from the late 1990s to the present day; develop an understanding of contemporary Italian society through the image that some of the most valuable Italian filmmakers of the youngest generation have given of the cultural, political, and working environment they live in; and explore the ways in which contemporary Italian cinema has followed, mirrored, and sometimes even anticipated, cultural and social transformations in Italian society.

FLOR PSYC 3320 Syllabus

Online: Cross Cultural Psychology

This course will explore the field of cross-cultural psychology through a focus on Italy and its inhabitants. Students will discuss aspects of cross-cultural analysis from the field of cross-cultural psychology, including cultural influence on human behavior, attitude, values, communication, and societal organization; examine topics of ethnocentrism, individual vs. collective societies, plural societies, cultural views on mental health, and intercultural communication; and investigate methodical issues of cross-cultural research, with the opportunity to be participant-observers of their own experiences in Italy, including through field work.

FLOR SOCY/COMM 3309 Syllabus

Online: Interculture and Migration in Italy - Intercultural Piazza

This course will explore the complexities of cultural identity and migration, and the impact they have on intercultural conflict and cooperation. There will be a particular focus on migration in Italy and on the marginalized communities of contemporary Italy, such as migrants, their Italian-born non-citizen children, and the Roma. We will examine the fluidity of cultural boundaries across time and space, and how ingroup and outgroup dynamics contribute to the manufacturing of fear and prejudice among populations. During their semester abroad, students will reflect on the various elements that define a culture while gaining an increased understanding of how culture shapes individuals and how our cultural identities interact in shared social spaces such as the piazze of Florence. 

FLOR BUSN 3374 Syllabus

Online: International Economics

This course will explore key economic issues in the global business environment. Students will develop an understanding of how global businesses are impacted by real world developments in economics, politics, and finance; critically examine the global economic landscape with an emphasis on the interaction between international economics and business through discussions of current economic and political development; and explore topics such as globalization, country differences, cross-border trade and investment, the global monetary system, and competing in a global marketplace.

FLOR BUSN 3373 Syllabus

Online: International Finance

This course will examine the topic of finance in the international context. Students will explore historical perspectives and foundations of international finance, international capital flows, foreign direct investment, the exchange rate determination and exposure management, international capital markets and institutions, and financial management of a multinational firm; examine the current economic landscape through topical discussions of current economic and political developments and their impact on international finance; and develop an understanding of the opportunities and risks associated with international finance.

FLOR ARTH 3311 Syllabus

Online: Renaissance Art History

This course will introduce a broad range of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Florence from the great projects of the Middle Ages that defined the religious and political centers of the city, with a special focus on major monuments of the Renaissance period. Students will examine issues of social, political, and economic context, as well their function, which was integral to artistic production of the period; conduct related scholarly research; deepen their appreciation of Renaissance civilization; and analyze the interrelationship between people’s creative achievements and their society.

FLOR HIST 3319 Syllabus

Political & Economic History of Europe in the Twentieth Century

This course will introduce the history of Europe in the 20th century, focusing on major political and economic movements and events. Student will consider relevant national and international environments; investigate ways in which European development influenced national and international contexts and how national and international factors conditioned European events; analyze events of European history from a world-scale perspective; develop a rigorous framework to engage European political doctrines and ideologies, and specific economic systems; and draw parallels between the two major political and economic paradigms: Western and Eastern.

FLOR ARTH 3311 Syllabus

Renaissance Art History

This course will introduce a broad range of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Florence from the great projects of the Middle Ages that defined the religious and political centers of the city, with a special focus on major monuments of the Renaissance period. Students will examine issues of social, political, and economic context, as well their function, which was integral to artistic production of the period; conduct related scholarly research; deepen their appreciation of Renaissance civilization; and analyze the interrelationship between people’s creative achievements and their society.

FLOR CWRT 3317

Writing the City: Florence

This course will introduce creative writing in relation to the city and the particular challenges of writing about place. Students will examine how various subjects such as the river, urban spaces, solitude, ethnicity, particular boroughs, and characters (both fictional and real) function in Florence narratives; develop an understanding of the role of memory and experience in literary psycho-geographical accounts of the metropolis; utilize their observations of Florence to practice creative writing, and investigate the potential of place within the narrative of various genres.

FLOR CWRT 3317 Syllabus

Writing the Global City: Florence Reading and Creating Travel Writing

This is a creative writing workshop that will guide students to find their own voice in responding to the city of Florence and their experience of it, in either verse or prose texts. Students will read and discuss the work of Anglo-American writers who were influenced by the city and surrounding area of Tuscany; initiate, research, and write short stories, poetry, and non-fiction; and evaluate and critique their own work and that of their peers. Students will also participate in walking tours of the city and its outskirts.