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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Students may choose between any of the 6-week courses offered through the CIEE Rome Open Campus program in Block I. Sample course descriptions follow:
HIST 3004 ROIT / ITST 3002 ROIT
A City Within the City: the Vatican and Rome. History, Politics and Society
History, Political System, Economy and Culture of the Vatican will be analyzed in their relationship with the city of Rome: the role of the Pope, the artistic features of Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museums – which students will be visiting – will be discussed and critically analyzed in order to elaborate on the political and social implications of a city within a city.
(GI) INRE 4007 ROIT
Contemporary Controversies in International Relations
This course looks at current global controversies, using theoretical and paradigmatic approaches utilized by scholars and practitioners to gain greater understanding of world politics and international relations among countries. The course will analyze what nations can do to minimize the emergence of international conflicts, and what are the existing means to resolve those conflicts. As part of the analysis, the role of individuals, states and international organizations will be addressed. A central issue that will be addressed is the role of governments, supranational organizations (like the European Union) and international organizations to cooperate effectively to address pressing global and regional problems such as terrorism, global warming, environmental destruction, poverty, civil conflict, underdevelopment and violations of human rights. The course will also examine events such as the collapse of communist regimes in the latter part of the 20th century, the end of the Cold War, the inclusion of former communist countries in the European Union, and how all these events have shaped the history and study of international politics. As all these events and issues are analyzed, special focus will be placed on the role that Italy has played and continues to play in the global scene.
(GI) MKTG 3001 ROIT
Students will gain an understanding of the issues and processes involved in developing an international marketing and branding strategy and plan, as well as the execution of marketing and PR operations on an international scale. Course content and practical assignments focus on real-world problems such as identifying and evaluating opportunities in international markets, developing and adapting marketing tactics in relation to specific national sociological, and cultural market needs and constraints, and coordinating marketing and branding strategies in global markets. Included guest lectures by local business professionals and company visits provide firsthand context and experience for the issues explored in the course.
POLI 3001 ROIT
Power, Politics and Law: Mafia, Camorra and Gomorrah
Popular culture, through movies, TV shows, theater and books, shaped the international representation of the Italian Mafia. This course will analyze historical reasons behind the birth of Mafia and Camorra, closed linked from Rome to Sicily. Laws and political implications will be also studied in order to understand anti-mafia movements, exemplified by the book, the movie and the TV series Gomorrah by the Neapolitan journalist Roberto Saviano. Rituals, symbols, the role of women and contemporary exemplifications of Italian organized crime associations will be interpreted in their cultural value in order to discuss the creation and projection of stereotyped visions.
ITAL 1001 ROIT
Italian Language – Beginning I
This course will provide an introduction to all of the basic elements of the Italian language. Through a communicative approach, students will learn to read, write, listen, and speak basic Italian. Additionally, students will gain familiarity with Italian culture through exposure to various media and creative projects. Students will master fundamental vocabulary pertaining to school, daily activities, telling time, travel, restaurants, city, and more. They will be able to communicate and exchange information in a simple way, in both the present and past tense.
ITAL 2001 ROIT
Italian Language – Intermediate I
This course will provide a reinforcement and expansion of previous learned structures of the Italian language. Through a communicative approach, students will learn to read, write, listen, and speak intermediate Italian. Additionally, students will gain familiarity with Italian culture through exposure to various media and creative projects. Students will master fundamental vocabulary pertaining to newspapers, TV programs, travel, leisure time, professions, job interviews, and more. The course is designed to facilitate practical communication skills and encourage efforts towards linguistic independence and student integration in Italy.
ITAL 3001 ROIT
Italian Language – Advanced I
This course will provide a review and expansion of Italian grammar, vocabulary and culture and will combine lectures, class debates, field trips and on-site classes, walking tours, conversations with guest speakers and creative activities. By the end of the semester, students will be expected to be proficient in the written and spoken usage of advanced linguistic structures, and to use language flexibly and effectively for social, academics and professional purposes.
All students enroll in the 8-week CIEE Global Internship with Integrated Academic Seminar and then will have the option to choose one of the two elective courses.
Required CIEE Internship
INSH 3806 ROIT
Academic Internship in Rome
The CIEE Global Internship program combines a full-time internship with an integrated academic seminar to provide professional exploration and specific skills development, enhance intercultural understanding, and a contextualized real-world work experience in a local or multi-national company or organization. The 8-week program includes between 220 and 240 hours of onsite internship project work alongside a 30-hour integrated academic seminar focusing on local business culture, intercultural communication, professional development, and linkages between local observations and global trends. Students will be assessed via assignments and activities that include but are not limited to the following: reflective papers, synopsis of research, collaborative discussions, individual or small group presentations, analysis of readings, class participation, and feedback from the internship supervisor.
CIEE Elective Courses
Students choose one of the following courses:
(GI) COMM 3301 ROIT
Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this course, you will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help you more appropriately and effectively engage, communicate, and lead in local as well as other intercultural contexts. Course participants explore a variety of topics in intercultural communication based in the context of students’ experiences abroad, and practice intercultural learning processes that can be applied when working across cultural differences in a wide variety of common contexts. Students increase their cultural self-awareness and develop critical personal leadership skills that equip them to become more effective citizens and leaders in an increasingly interdependent world.
(GI) BUSI 3007 ROIT
Doing Business in Europe
This course aims to provide an introduction to the related influences of business, society, government and culture in the region and link these influences to students’ experience within their professional internship program and academic coursework. Using our location of Rome as our beginning reference point, this course will review Europe’s economic and cultural contexts and major changes. We will explore the shared cultural history and diversity across the region (for purposes of this course, we will focus on the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, and Italy). Through small group work and individual inquiry, we will strive to focus on gaining an understanding of the major cultural groups in each country, their heritage and business activities along with the country’s current challenges and opportunities for trade and expansion within the region and globally. By using current business cases and media coverage of economic, political and business issues, we will focus on what we as outsiders to the region need to quickly assess and integrate into our business approaches for success in the region.