This course is designed to broaden students’ Italian experience through a wide range of cultural activities and lectures on a variety of subjects. A local Instructor will coordinate and lead various field trips such as: visits to artist and artisan studios; a night at the Opera; a visit to Pietrasanta to see the marble-carving and bronze-casting studios; visits to museums, concerts and nearby towns. The course will also include lectures on topics ranging from the history of Italian Opera to Contemporary Italian Politics. One of the first classroom activities (lead by a professional book artist) is to create an original sketchbook or journal using traditional book-making techniques. Students will be asked to record their experiences by collecting materials, writing and sketching. Classes are held once a week with several guest visits and five additional field trips or workshops as well as local excursions. Students are given a schedule at the beginning of the semester so that they may coordinate their weekend traveling. The Italian Journal course is designed to aid students in maximizing their stay in Florence. It seeks to provide a general framework into which students’ own experiences may be more contextually placed, whilst offering insights into various areas of Italian, and more particularly Tuscan, culture and society. It is hoped that the expressive elements of the course will offer students the opportunity to develop their communications skills whilst consolidating and solidifying the material learnt.
There is an additional lab fee for this course that covers transportation, museum entry fees, and other activities. This fee must be paid in addition to tuition fees or the student will not be enrolled in course.