Check out the courses being offered. More information about each course is further down the page.
IMPRENDITORIALITÁ: ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN RURAL ITALY
|TH331/IN350 - Who am I in Italia?
||PY160/IN350 - Galileo Galilei
|ET360/IN350 - Imprenditorialita: Entrepreneurship in Rural Italy
|| MK360 - Tourism Marketing
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| Bella Musica
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(ET360 or IN350
Students will explore the role of entrepreneurship in rural US and Italy, specifically in downtown districts. Students will gain an understanding of the cultural, historic, and geographic implications on small business with an emphasis on risk tolerance and perception of failure. The course will also explore the role of local and state government in startup activity. Students will use on sight observation and interviews along with research from primary sources to develop opportunities to revitalize Downtown Decatur.
Satisfies International Cultures & Structures (ICS)
Dr. Carrie Trimble
MK 360 offers a hands-on opportunity to explore travel and tourism destinations in order to understand what makes service industry organizations (like restaurants, hotels, museums and concert venues) a distinct and important part of the world economy.
Satisfies International Cultures & Structure (ICS)
WHO AM I IN ITALIA?: SELF VS. OTHER, SERENITY VS. HUSTLE & BUSTLE, AND VULNERABILITY VS. EXPOSURE
(TH331 or IN350)
Travel, by nature, initiates a moral, cultural, and somatic (bodily) confrontation with “other” (places, people, food, culture, political systems, etc). This immersive change renders us vulnerable and threatens personal, social, and cultural serenity. We will read plays (Italian, American, and others as relevant) as the lens through which we explore how travel changes and informs our sense of self (i.e. cultural/political assumptions; basic moral beliefs and their metaphysical assumptions; and Persona (Jungian definition). We will consider how art struggles with nihilism: “the fear that our lives and the world itself may be meaningless.” Through the plays, analysis, and reflection we consider two paths of response: Live life to stay out of trouble OR Delve into the shadow and live life to look for trouble.
Satisfies Theatre lit/crit requirement or upper division elective for Theatre majors, Fine Arts requirement for non-majors, International Cultures and Structures (ICS)
GALILEO GALILEI: FATHER OF THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION, CLASSICAL PHYSICS, & MODERN ASTRONOMY
Dr. Casey Watson
3 or 4 credits
We will study the life of Galileo Galilei in the locations of his most significant contributions – from his academic posts at Pisa and Padua to the demonstrations of his telescopes in Florence for the Medici and other nobility. As the father of the modern scientific method, basic physics, and modern astronomy, the significance of his contributions cannot be overstated.
We will also discuss Galileo’s interactions with the catholic church and other politically powerful groups, including the Medici and the Jesuits. The magnitude of Galileo’s achievements becomes even more impressive when we consider the circumstances under which he worked, spoke, and published. Scientists were under considerable scrutiny from the catholic church, the threat of death was still imminent. Bruno, for instance, had recently been burned at the stake for postulating – correctly – that the Sun is just one of many stars. The interplay between science, religion, and politics was fascinating in Galileo’s time, and it is no less impactful today.
Those taking the class as an IN 350 will explore these timeless and globally important topics in especially great detail. For those taking the course for lab science credit, we will meet in the evenings to learn how telescopes work and study the night sky.
Satisfies Natural Science with a lab requirement
Enroll in Beginning, Continuing, or Intermediate Italian at Centro Studi Italiani. Students electing to take Continuing or Intermediate Italian must pass an entrance exam upon arrival to Italy. This intensive 4-week study of language may not be taken with other courses offered.
BELLA MUSICA - MUST ENROLL IN A MINIMUM OF 3 CREDITS
William or Deidra Gorton
This course will survey relevant aspects of voice studio teaching, including basic anatomy and physiology, acoustics, practical performance application strategies, and various teaching methods. The class is open to anyone interested. A set of worksheets on various pedagogical aspects will be required as preparation for the classes in Italy.
VOCAL PEDAGOGY PRACTICUM
This course is a continuation of Vocal Pedagogy MU 455, and is a requirement in the vocal performance program. It is offered only to students who have completed Vocal Pedagogy MU 455. Students will be teaching lessons in a supervised environment, demonstrating the principles learned in Vocal Pedagogy.
VOCAL PERFORMANCE SEMINAR: FOCUS ON SONGS OF BELLINI, ROSSINI, DONIZETTI
This course will survey the song literature of Bellini, Rossini, and Donizetti, and will include historical context, stylistic considerations, discussion of these composer’s operatic compositions. Sociological issues surrounding the compositional output of these composers will also be considered. Music students will complete song study forms on three songs chosen from the relevant composers’ output, and perform a program of these songs while in Italy.
(MU132 & MO170 cohort)
William and Deidra Gorton
This course will consist of the preparation and presentation of various opera arias, scenes, and ensembles, and will be taken for Opera Theatre credit and ensemble credit. Assigned portions must be learned before arriving in Italy, and will be musically rehearsed and staged during the immersion. A performance of these prepared works will take place at the end of the 4-week session.
PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS
(ML 111-112, 211-212, 311-312, 411-412)
William or Deidra Gorton
1 or 2 credits
Private work with the teacher will address technical and musical issues with the objective of maximizing the singer’s potential as an artist.