Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Required CIEE Language Courses
ITAL 1501 NACL—Intensive Italian Language, Beginning I
ITAL 1502 NACL—Intensive Italian Language, Beginning II
ITAL 2501 NACL—Intensive Italian Language, Intermediate I
ITAL 2502 NACL—Intensive Italian Language, Intermediate II
These courses provide students with basic skills needed to communicate on a daily basis. They include grammar, conversation, listening, and reading comprehension. Students are placed according to language background.
ITAL 1002 NACL—Semester Italian Language, Beginning II
ITAL 2001 NACL—Semester Italian Language, Intermediate I
ITAL 2002 NACL—Semester Italian Language, Intermediate II
ITAL 3001 NACL—Semester Italian Language, Advanced I
after being placed in the appropriate class, students continue their language study during the semester in these courses.
Required CIEE Core Course
ARCH 3001 NACL
Naples and the Ancient Mediterranean: Archaeology in Campania
Naples and the wider Campania Region have been home to a wide spectrum of cultures that left highly important archaeological traces stretching over a long time span. Taking advantage of this situation, the course focuses on issues related to the prehistoric, archaic, and classical periods in various Campanian sites. Visits to well-known sites and museums in the region offer students a firsthand knowledge of the archaeological evidence.
CIEE Classics Courses
CLAS 3001 NACL
Ancient Science and Technology
This course explores the subject of medicine in the Classical and Hellenistic ages through the reading of texts regarding dietetics (Hippocrates, Ancient Medicine, On Regimen; Galen, On the Preservation of Health) and surgery (Hippocrates, On Fractures, On Joints; Apollonios, On Joints; and A. C. Celsus). The work on Greek and Latin literary sources is supplemented by research on surgical instruments employed by Greek and Roman doctors, machinery created by Hellenistic surgeons, and bandage techniques employed in gymnasiums.
GREK 1001 NACL
This course aims at introducing the basics of Greek classical language while simultaneously pointing to its historical development. Students undertake an intensive study of essential vocabulary, grammar, and syntax elements through selected readings of Attic prose, such as excerpts from Xenophon. Abstracts of New Testament Greek are also read and analyzed.
GREK 2001 NACL
Intermediate Classical Greek
The course aims to provide the skills necessary to understand and translate texts of intermediate difficulty such as Lysias, Against Eratosthenes. This oration is one of the best examples of Attic language from the classical period, and its breakthrough level of difficulty makes it a powerful tool for language instruction. The text is also extremely fascinating from an historical point of view, because in it Lysias provides a vivid account of the instauration of the tyranny of the so-called Thirty. For these reasons, the reading of this speech has two significant outcomes: improving the students’ linguistic competence and reinforcing their knowledge of Attic history and society during the 5th century B.C.
GREK 3001 NACL
Advanced Classical Greek
The course examines a wide selection of texts from the Histories by Thucydides. Special attention is devoted to the passages that illustrate the historical thought of the author. At the end of the course, students are familiar with the most important issues raised by the work of Thucydides. After the training on the text of this challenging author, students are able to read with relative speed and precision Attic prose of the 5th century B.C.
LATN 1001 NACL
Through a close reading of excerpts from works by main figures such as Caesar and Cicero, this course aims at introducing the Latin of the Classical period (100 B.C.–A.D. 100), with the aim of acquiring a solid understanding of the fundamentals of the Latin language (grammar, vocabulary, and syntax).
LATN 2001 NACL
This course is a study on Latin syntax and lexicon and an introduction to the novella genre through readings including the famous novella The Widow of Ephesus by Petronius, Satyricon (in the original language), and specific essays on Latin language.
LITT 3001 NACL/CLAS 3002 NACL
Classical Greek Literature
This course focuses on the most important issues raised by the study of ancient Greek literature, including oral and written culture in Greek poetry including shame and guilt: society in the Homeric poems; literary genres and occasions of poetry in the Archaic period: the lyric poets; Greek theater and Athenian society: the social and political function of tragedy and comedy; birth and development of historical thought from Hecateus to Polybius; Greek oratory of 5th–4th century B.C.; occasions of delivery, genres, schools; and The age of book: and poems and poetics in the Hellenistic period. Each lesson is based on extensive readings of ancient texts in English translation. At the end of the course students acquire a comprehensive knowledge of Greek literature in a critical perspective.
LITT 3002 NACL/CLAS 3003 NACL
Advanced Latin Readings
A landmark of Latin literature and an example of a typical Latin genre, Horace’s Satires introduces readers to an investigation of the writer’s autobiography, his diary, and daily life characters as well as philosophy, poetry, and ethical thought during the last years of the Republic in Rome. This course requires reading in the original language and the analysis of some sections of the Satires, paired with the study of some critical essays on Horace.
PHIL 3001 NACL
This course aims at introducing Greek philosophy and its role(s)—both in its cultural context of development and history of philosophical Western thought. Special attention is devoted to Plato and Aristotle, and excerpts from Platonic dialogues and Aristotle’s works (Politics, Nichomachean Ethics) are read in translation.
AHIS 3002 NACL
Art and Architecture in Naples
Why should we study Neapolitan art and architecture? Why haven’t we heard as much about it as we have heard about art from Florence and Venice? A quick look at textbooks on Italian art reveals the low status in which Naples has been held since the time the Renaissance artist and art historian Giorgio Vasari made his negative pronouncements on the city. What many people do not know, however, is that during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Naples was the largest city of the Italian peninsula, attracting a coterie of foreign rulers and garnering international status as an important center for artistic culture and production. It also attracted artist and architects from all over Italy and Europe. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the rich artistic and architectural heritage of Naples and its surroundings by considering its specific and unique character as well as the role within the context of the Italian peninsula. Through lectures and visits throughout the city and its surroundings, students learn about Naples and analyze the political, religious, and ideological content of its art and architecture and role within Italy. This course is offered in English in the Classical Studies program.
University of Naples “L’ Orientale” Courses
The University is well known in Italy as a center for the study of a diverse range of subjects related to different geographical areas and cultures—from Western and Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East to Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Facoltà (“Schools”) include Foreign Languages and Literatures, Arabic-Islamic and Mediterranean Studies, Letters and Philosophy, and Political Science. CIEE students are associated with the Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia (“Letters and Philosophy”), but can enroll in courses from other Facoltà upon agreement with the Facoltà and the professor*. Students must have the appropriate prerequisites for the course. While exams following regular University courses extend into January/February and June/July, CIEE students are allowed to take early exams.
For individual courses offered at the L'Orientale for a specific term, please visit www.unior.it and click on “Facoltà”. The following is a list of disciplinary areas under which individual courses are grouped:
Ancient Languages and Literatures
Language and Culture
Migration and Multiculturalism
Modern Languages and Literatures
*Please note: due to a recent reform of the national university system, the Facoltà (school) structure is expected to be replaced by a departmental organizational structure in the course of academic year 2012-13. This change will not affect the CIEE Study Center, CIEE students, nor the broad course/disciplinary offer of the L'Orientale.