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CIEE Required Language Courses
ITAL 2501 FELA
Intensive Italian Language, Intermediate I
This course is specifically designed for the intermediate student who has just arrived in Italy. It concentrates on all four skills (grammar, conversation, listening, and reading comprehension) with an emphasis on speaking and listening to facilitate communication with Italians and help students face their semester courses with confidence. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
ITAL 3501 FELA
Intensive Italian Language, Advanced I
ITAL 4501 FELA
Intensive Italian Language, Advanced High I
This course is specifically designed for the advanced student and aims to develop all four skills (grammar, conversation, listening, and reading comprehension) with an emphasis on oral competence to help students integrate into Italian life. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
ITAL 2002 FELA
Semester Italian Language, Intermediate II
ITAL 3002 FELA
Semester Italian Language, Advanced II
ITAL 4001 FELA
Semester Italian Language, Advanced High II
These courses aim to develop all four skills (grammar, conversation, listening, and reading comprehension) and utilize a variety of media for instruction (film, CD, newspapers, magazines, etc). Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
CIEE Content Courses
AHIS 3001 FELA
History of Italian Renaissance Art: Ferrara Perspective
This course aims to give students an appreciation of Italian Renaissance art by using the city of Ferrara as a lens into Renaissance culture. A combination of visits, slide shows, and analysis of documentary evidence is used to bring the participants as close as possible to the Renaissance in Italy. Special emphasis is on Ferrara’s rich Renaissance heritage, both in terms of architecture and the visual arts analyzed through local historical developments. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
CINE 3001 FELA
Through a combination of lectures, screenings, readings, and discussions, this course aims to provide students with an understanding of the most important trends in the history of Italian cinema. We look at films in their historical, political, and cultural context enabling students to appreciate how Italian cinema reflects the social and cultural landscape of the country. Goals of this course are to develop students’ critical and analytical capabilities as well as broaden their skills of aesthetic appreciation. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
CLST 3001 FERR
Seminar on Living and Learning in Ferrara
The CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning in Ferrara, taught in English, is designed to improve students’ intercultural communication and competence while studying abroad by considering how Italians are different from, and similar to, themselves and others. The course offers opportunities, both in and outside the classroom, to develop insights and the skills necessary to interact effectively and appropriately, and to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the cultural richness of Italy. Contact hours: TBD. Recommended credit: TBD semester/TBD quarter hours.
FSCI 3001 FELA
Food Science: Made in Italy
Italian food culture constitutes the basis of this course which aims to provide the student with a theoretical, technical, and scientific basis for understanding systems of food safety and quality controls. Students develop an understanding of the origins and production cycles of foodstuffs, especially those regarded as significant local representative specialties from certain Italian regions (e.g. Parmiggiano Reggiano, Mozzarella di Bufala, etc). Students also have the chance to become familiar with history, preparation, and consumption of some foods considered a typical part of the Mediterranean diet. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
HIST 3001 FELA
Contemporary Italian History: From Unification to the Present
This course provides a review of contemporary Italian history and culture from the Risorgimento till the present days. Unification, the impact of the First World War, Fascism, and World War II will be the focus of the first part of the course, while the second will concentrate on the postwar republican era. The transformation of national culture will be studied through a selection of artistic and cultural movements focusing especially on post 1945 Italy. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
HIST 3002 FELA
Late Medieval and Renaissance Italy
This course examines the political, social, intellectual, and cultural aspects of Italy from c. 1150 to c. 1550. It focuses on how political institutions and religious and intellectual movements of the period were reflected in the organization and architectural structures of the Italian city, with special emphasis on historically relevant sites in Ferrara. The course looks particularly at the Este family, and how this local dynasty is woven into local history. Students visit the magnificent Este Castle as part of the class. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
LITT 3002 FELA
Contemporary Italian Literature
This course starts with the consideration of some fundamental questions: “What is the history of literature?” and “What is a literary canon?” It then proceeds with the analysis of two literary genres: fantasy and the short novel. The chosen texts, written between 1880 and 2005, are analyzed from a structural, linguistic, and stylistic point of view and in relation to the literary historical context. Special emphasis is placed on the cinematographic adaptation of texts considered in class. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
LITT 3005 FELA
Giving Voice to Silence: History of Italian Women’s Literature in Italy
This course explores how Italian women writers have succeeded in reanimating what has been eliminated by the effects of history. Students will experience how voice has been given to those who didn’t or don’t possess the right to express themselves. During the course, readings from modern and contemporary Italian women’s literature will enable participants to gain a wide understanding of modern Italian literature from perhaps a new perspective. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
LITT 3003 FELA/HIST 3003 FELA/SOCI 3001 FELA
Italy and Multiculturalism
This course introduces students to contemporary Italian debates on multiculturalism from a variety of different disciplinary perspectives including literature, history, education, and sociology. The course hopes to take advantage of a particularly interesting moment in Italy’s social and cultural development, allowing students to assess changes while they are happening during their stay in Italy. Contact hours: 45. Recommended credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.