Art of Rome is an introductory course in the history of art and of the history of Rome from its origin to contemporary times. Masterpieces of painting, sculpture, architecture and urbanism are examined with attention to their specific historical contexts; ancient, medieval, renaissance, baroque and modern. Most classes are held on site. The course hones a method of description, critical analysis and interpretation of art and builds an understanding of traditional forms and cultural themes useful in the comprehension of all western art.
The course examines the historical development of the Vatican area and its principal monument – the Basilica of Saint Peter. Students will learn about artistic, religious and socio-political segments of the complex history of the Vatican and St. Peter’s church, as the center of Roman Catholicism and one of the world’s most important cultural sites. The course will include visits to sites and collections inside the Vatican and in Rome that are not open to the general public (e.g. Historical Archive collection of the Fabbrica di San Pietro, Deposit Room with 16th century monumental wooden models for the Basilica by Antonio da Sangallo and Michelangelo, Halls of the Apostolic Palace).
Pre-requisites: 100-level Art History course or Archeology course or permission of the instructor.
Serigraphy or Silk Screen is a printmaking technique that can be applied to fine art prints, graphic design and photographic experimentation. The course covers various stencil making techniques such as paper and cut stencils and direct block out. The main emphasis is on photographic emulsion techniques using hand drawn acetates, photocopies, computer printouts and photographs with litho film or diffusion transfer film. Instruction in darkroom procedures, ink mixing, registration and printing methods will be given.
Archaeology & Classics
This is an introductory on-site course exploring the archeological sites and ancient monuments of Rome. The course will begin with the evidence for the earliest settlement in Rome and continue through the development of the Republic, the empire and the transition to early Christian Rome. The course will focus on placing the archeological and architectural evidence in its topographical context.
Archaeology 293 is a practicum course that allows students to experience archaeological excavation first hand and to receive credit for it. In Summer 2017 AUR will be collaborating with Universita degli Studi Roma Tre to offer a training excavation in the area of the Imperial Fora in the center of Rome (precise location to be determined). Training will cover techniques of excavation, recording, washing and classifying the finds. The working week will be Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 5.00pm with a mid morning break of 30 minutes and a one hour lunch break. Students must commit to the full working week. This means that they will not be able to take another class at the same time and they will not be able to sign up for Friday trips.
This interdisciplinary course combines archeology, art history, history, literature and sociology to explore a defining moment in the ancient world: Rome at the time of Augustus (c.44 BC-c.14 AD). The students will create an image of the emperor Augustus through his own building projects and writings and assess the role of imperial propaganda in this process. We ask how culture, identity and power were shaped in particular contexts by social factors such as religion, gender, the economy and status, presenting case studies of building projects, review contemporary philosophical ideas and contemporary comment. This interdisciplinary course enables students to develop their skills of analysis and evaluation across a range of ancient source materials.
Pre-requisites: Level 300 course in Classics, Classical Studies, Classical Archeology or Ancient History or permission of the instructor.
This course offers an overview of the history of the Early Church from 100-425 AD, focusing on the confrontation of Christianity with Roman life and thought. It will examine that relationship both from the early Christian and early Roman perspectives. Field trips to historical sites and museums in Rome will be used to reanimate ancient Roman history.
Pre-requisites: Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.
This course provides an introduction to the environmental and operational aspects of international business. Topics include international business background, comparative environmental frameworks, theories and institutions of trade and investment, world financial environment, dynamics of international business, governmental relationships, corporate policy and strategy, functional management, operations and related concerns.
Pre-requisites: Junior or Senior standing or permission of the instructor.
In an increasingly interconnected global economy, it is highly probable that students, as graduates, will find themselves involved with cultures other than their own at every step of their careers. This course introduces students to the knowledge-set and tools required to succeed in international organizations, working and managing across diverse cultures. Core concepts such as teamwork, leadership, cultural diversity, negotiation, conflict resolution and diversity and gender issues are explored within the framework of cross-cultural settings.
Pre-requisites: MGT 201 or equivalent.
This course is an exploration of the role personal selling plays as a marketing communications tool. Topics include the nature of selling, buying behavior, selling personality, attitude as a key to success and the selling process. Students also discuss issues related to sales force management and the interplay between personal sales and the other elements of the promotion mix: advertising, direct marketing, public relations and sales promotion.
Pre-requisites: MKT 200.
We live in a consumer centric world and the fashion industry is one of the main drivers of consumer purchases around the globe. In this course students are introduced to core marketing activities surrounding the world of fashion. These activities include but are not limited to market segmentation, market research, consumer motivation, product strategy, pricing, promotions and retail distribution. Fashion marketing will explore the terminology and fundamentals of the fashion industry while examining the development of fashion products from concept to consumer. Marketing principles, practices, and policies used by fashion manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers will be explored. A global perspective of fashion marketing will also be discussed.
This course analyzes and applies principles of speech structures to oral presentation. Students learn to analyze audiences, adapt messages, apply critical listening skills and practice ethical decisions in preparing public speaking. Emphasis is placed on building a positive speech environment and practicing speech presentations.
This course explores the city of Rome through writing. On-site classes provide an interdisciplinary, studio-art approach to the generation of written work. Through the studied practice of descriptive writing and the examination of setting as a vital literary component, students will create their own textual map of the Eternal City.
Pre-requisites: ENG 102.
The intensive study of five or six of Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies set in Italy, ancient and early modern, with attention to English attitudes toward Italy and Shakespeare’s use of Italy, the nature of comedy and tragedy, and the shape of Shakespeare’s career. Comedies will be chosen from among ‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona,’ ‘The Merchant of Venice,’ ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ (Padua), ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (Messina), and ‘The Winter’s Tale’ (Sicily). Tragedies will be chosen from among ‘Titus Andronicus’ (Rome), ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (Verona), ‘Julius Caesar’ (Rome), ‘Othello’ (Venice and Cyprus), ‘Anthony and Cleopatra’ (Rome), and ‘Coriolanus’ (Rome).
Pre-requisites: ENG 102.
Italian Sketchbook is an introductory course in drawing. On-site classes will provide landscape views, architectural forms, paintings and three-dimensional sculpture as subject matter, using pencil, pen, charcoal and sanguigna as drawing techniques. The course includes art historical introductions to sites, individual drawing projects and a written component related to the experience of sketching on location. The aim is to develop confidence and visual awareness in creating representations of the vast selection of art works that Rome has to offer.
Film and Digital Media
This course develops an appreciation of Italian cinema from the 1940s to the present focusing on movements, trends, relevant and recurring themes and visual features. While students are provided with an understanding of the role played by cinema in Italian society they are also encouraged to look at film as a universal language capable of crossing geographic boundaries. The impact of film trends in other European countries is also explored.
Pre-requisites: Junior or Senior standing or permission of the instructor.
This course is designed as a full immersion into the many issues and complexities involved in conceptualizing and filming a short film in a real professional soundstage, and a hands-on practical workshop in the city of Terni’s film studios. Its purpose is to give students a profound understanding of the practical and creative process, stressing the importance of storyboarding and floorplanning, rehearsing actors, camera blocking, and stage lighting, and experience full fledged professional filmmaking translating ideas into effective and inspiring practical work.
Pre-requisites: students must have directed at least one short film and permission of the instructor.
This hands-on studio course focuses on the fundamentals of visual literacy and communicating visually in an effective, persuasive, and aesthetically pleasing way. Artistic and design strategies, concept development, imaging as a means for media/social critique, international sign and symbol communication, logo and corporate identity, and magazine design will be discussed and addressed through visual problem solving exercises.
Pre- or co-requisites: COM 105 and Junior or Senior standing or permission of the instructor.
International Relations and Global Politics
This course examines the nature of international relations in East Asia. Particular attention will be devoted to the positions occupied by Japan and China in the context of the Cold War, as well as to their interactions both with the other regional actors, the two Superpowers and Europe. The analysis of the factors which were generated during the phase of bipolarism will facilitate the identification of continuity and discontinuity lines in the
light of globalization. Topics will include: (1) the historical development of international relations in East Asia since the mid 19th century, (2) WWII and its legacy, (3) domestic institutions and foreign policy outcomes, (4) regional security issues, (5) regional economic relations, and (6) the implications of these
issues for the United States.
Basic concepts used to compare political systems and understand how they function: the nature of politics, power and authority, political order, change and participation. The basic building blocks of politics in different states are examined and analyzed, the relative merits and disadvantages are evaluated enabling students to understand their workings and make judgments on their effectiveness.
This course will give students the opportunity to actively explore the multiple dimensions of the City of Rome systematically and on the basis of a theoretical framework of urbanism, cultural studies and social theory. The students will examine how the city impacts its citizens, its businesses and social organizations.
Italian Language and Studies
This is an entry level Italian language course designed for students who have never studied the language before. The goal of the course is to obtain a basic but solid understanding of the Italian language through listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. Upon completion of this course students should have the basic communications skills needed for day-to-day activities.
Thematic in approach, this interdisciplinary course introduces students to the major social, cultural, artistic, and intellectual trends in modern Italy. Focusing on the period of Italy’s history from Unification in 1861 to the present, the courses will focus on cultural topics such as the Commedia dell’arte and its legacy in modern Carnival celebrations in Italy, Italian food and wine culture, sports, cinema, religion, regional differences, gender
issues, and the advent of a contemporary multicultural society. Topics will be considered within the context of modern Italian society as well as from a historical perspective.
This interdisciplinary course will focus on the social and cultural aspects of food and eating in different geographical areas with a special emphasis on Italy and its history. The course will be taught through a variety of readings, class discussions and presentations and there will also be some practical experiences. Please note that this is not a cooking course.
This course aims to explore representations of the Italian Mafia in literature and cinema, with reference also to the Italian-American context. Students will be introduced to the history of the Mafia, starting from its beginnings in Sicily, and follow its historical and geographical evolution within, and also outside, Italy. The course will make reference to Italian literary texts as well as Italian and Italian-American cinematic representations of the phenomenon.
Pre-requisites: ENG 102.
Mathematics and Science
This course introduces the physical elements and processes responsible for: weather and climate, vegetation, soils, plate tectonics, landforms, their distributions, and their significance to humans. This special session of Physical Geography examines these processes as they are expressed in the context of the Italian Peninsula and larger Mediterranean region.