Reggio Emilia, Italy
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Course Information

Reggio Emilia, Italy | 2017 Spring

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Courses

You must enroll in at least 12 and up to 18 credits. While you may enroll in up to 18 credits, we recommend you enroll in 12-15 credits in order to have time to fully experience the local area's culture and people. Course availability may be subject to change for reasons beyond our control, such as student interest.

Italian Language Studies

All students are required to spend the beginning of the fall and spring semesters taking an intensive six-week Italian language course, which allows for rapid acquisition of language and culture. Language courses generally have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each, but may vary by level. All language courses focus on the skills of speaking, reading, writing, and listening. You may choose one of the following courses:

Intensive Language Period

After the intensive period, students have the option to take an additional language course listed below. They are recommended but not required. You may choose one of the following:

Italian Conversation is considered a helpful complement to other language courses for further practice; to enroll you must be at intermediate level or higher.

  • Italian Conversation (WLL/ ITAL, 300-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: two semesters of college Italian.


Education, Communications, Health/Nutrition, and Italian Studies

Taught in English
The following courses are designed to familiarize you with the region as well as provide a multi-disciplinary approach to your studies.

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.unr.edu

Field Studies

USAC helps you explore the historical, cultural, and natural features of the region with carefully planned excursions and field trips. These experiences combined with academic components (readings, research, lectures, written assignments, etc) deepen your understanding of the subject matter. The Italian Food Highlights and Hospitality Field Study course is an example of this type of course.

Internships

USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development particularly in your study abroad setting. USAC internships are considered courses and count as part of your credit load. They can be time-consuming, but are very worthwhile. Students will be working in an authentic local environment, with exposure to the Italian language. Italian language ability is not necessary to complete an internship, but helpful. Interns earn credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and the number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses. Internship credit(s) are only offered in addition to the minimum 12-credit load.

Example placements may include: tutoring English to Italian university students, children, adults; assisting in English classes in local kindergarten, elementary, middle and high schools and after-school activities; marketing/advertising of USAC; assisting in USAC program office; writing / journalism / creative writing / reporting (print, tv, radio); media department; reporting/ translating at Reggio film festival ( fall only); translating; video making; public speaking/cultural presentations; assisting in university Dean's office, international students' office; organizing sports/cultural events/assisting student associations on campus; assisting city and campus offices/organizations; helping at local student hostel and hotel (writing/speaking, organization, reception, office, hospitality); possibly in local health offices (nursing, physical therapy, hospital, occupational therapy, pharmacy), and other exercise /health related options, etc. Additional options with local and international companies may be available. The on-site staff will try to set up different, requested options if possible. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview with the internship sponsor on site.

Eligibility—enrollment in Reggio Emilia program, a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and junior standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of $100 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

Host University Courses

Enrich your studies by taking advantage of the chance to attend courses at your host university. Opportunities vary. In some cases you will be able to enroll directly as a student and earn transferable credit, in other cases you may earn a letter or certificate of completion along with a grade which may or may not be accepted for credit by your school. Work with your home academic advisor to determine whether such courses will be accepted for credit. Even when they don't, look at the opportunity as a learning bonus. Courses taken at the host university are taken in addition to your USAC classes and do not replace USAC credits. Work with your Resident Director to determine your options and to avoid conflicts with your USAC class schedule. At UNIMORE, occasionally additional courses taught in English are offered by the host university and open to USAC students for audit or credit, if schedule permits. See the Resident Director upon arrival for more information.

Course Descriptions

Aging: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Spring (General Health Sciences, Sociology; 300-level; 3 credits)

Introduces the study of aging, its implications for individuals, families, and society, and the background for health policy related to older persons. Presents an overview on aging from different perspectives: demography, biology, epidemiology of diseases, physical and mental disorders, functional capacity and disability, health services, federal and state health policies, social aspects of aging, and ethical issues in the care of older individuals.

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Cognitive Psychology

Spring (Psychology; 400-level; 3 credits)

The course covers human cognition, the ways we come to understand and know ourselves and the world around us. This includes such topics as memory, attention, conceptualization, problem-solving, decision-making and reasoning. Developments in research into cognitive psychology will be discussed.

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Communication Between the Sexes

Fall (Speech Communications; 400-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Speech Communications; 400-level; 3 credits)

Students will approach issues of gender and communication, both verbal and non-verbal, through critical analysis of stereotypes, socialization, and male/female interactions using theoretical perspectives. Various social interaction environments such as workplaces, families, media, and friendships will be explored.

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Comparative Education

Spring (General Education, Sociology; 400-level; 3 credits)

The goal of this course is to introduce students to the origins and development of the field of comparative and international education and to explore how both scholars and educational policymakers have engaged some of the debates that characterize policy and research in education around the world. Special attention is devoted to similarities and differences in educational policy and practice between advanced and developing capitalist, socialist and “transitional” societies. At the end of this course, students should be able to think about their school or educational system within a global context, and how to make meaningful comparisons. Other basic purposes of the course are to introduce students to the broad topic of comparative education and to develop understanding of different theoretical approaches for understanding formal and non-formal educational issues in comparative perspective. Attention is also devoted to similarities and differences in educational policy and practice between “emerging” societies and others. Students will gain first hand understanding of an alternative systems of education through theoretical knowledge and observation of practice in Italian local schools.

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Comparative Global Health Issues and Systems

Fall (General Health Sciences; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course examines both global health issues and health systems from a comparative view. It will explore the health care systems and structures in light of their relative success in addressing health care delivery, quality and costs. Students will acquire tools and concepts for analyzing health care systems and will apply them to various global examples. Important global health issues such as healthy lifestyle, prevention programs and ethic medical issues will be analyzed, looking also at the role of media.

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Early Childhood Education

Fall (Human Development and Family Studies; 200-level; 3 credits)

Principles of working with young children ages birth through eight years old in child care and other group settings. The course covers philosophies, theories, history, program models, practices and resources, environment, curriculum, and guidance, and emerging issues in the field.

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Education for a Changing World

Fall (General Education; 400-level; 3 credits)

This lecture/discussion course will address education's role in society by examining some major philosophical and sociological foundations of theory and practice. It will include the evolution of US education systems and practices and the role of society in shaping those systems. Topics may include issues such increasing global influences, multiculturalism, language, culture, geography, immigration, environment, and government as they connect to education in a changing world.

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Elementary Italian I

Fall (Italian; 100-level; 4 credits)
Spring (Italian; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills.

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Elementary Italian II

Fall (Italian; 100-level; 4 credits)
Spring (Italian; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills. Prerequisite: one semester of college Italian.

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Fashion and Media

Spring (Journalism; 400-level; 3 credits)

Students will engage in reporting and writing about fashion for various platforms and different audiences with an emphasis on digital formats. This includes approaches to news reporting, criticism and analysis of the fashion culture and developments in the fashion industry.

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Food and Culture

Spring (Nutrition; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course explores connections between the food people eat and how it supports, or helps define, cultural identity. This includes consideration of how food choices are determined, what ‘good’ food means, and how food production, preparation and consumption contribute to and reflect cultural identity. The course seeks to provide students with theoretical and empirical tools to understand and evaluate food systems at local and global levels.

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Foundations for Personal Health and Wellness

Fall (Community Health Sciences; 100-level; 3 credits)

The course explores health attitudes, knowledge and behaviors of self and others with a goal of understanding the value and personal responsibility for a healthful lifestyle. It will include wide range of personal health topics such as the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and environmental influences on personal health.

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Health and Wellness Communication

Spring (General Health Sciences, Speech Communications; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course introduces students to the theory/practice of health communication as a context within which dyadic, small group, and organizational communication occurs and which is influenced by mass media in a variety of ways. Students examine topics such as the history and current issues associated with health communication, the complexity of patient-caregiver communication, social and cultural issues associated with health communication, communication in health organizations, public health and media, health communication and diversity, and public health concerns. The mode of instruction is predominantly discussion, debate and lecture. Guest speakers and local visits are incorporated to supplement course material. The topic is one that will touch you and your family throughout your lives and as such, it has significant immediate and long-term practical value.

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Intercultural Communication

Fall (Speech Communications; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Speech Communications; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course will provide an understanding of the dynamics in intercultural communication. Emphasis will be placed on communication perceptions, self-awareness, and world views. Students will develop recognition of their own cultural communication style and the way it differs from other cultures. By examining barriers to intercultural communication, such as ethnocentrism and stereotyping, students will develop cultural sensitivity and become more competent in communicating interculturally. Emphasis will be on the culture(s) of the host country.

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Intermediate Italian I

Fall (Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)

Intended to further develop Italian language skills, both oral and written. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature. Particular emphasis on oral skills. Prerequisite: two semesters of college Italian.

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Intermediate Italian II

Fall (Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)

Intended to further develop Italian language skills, both oral and written. Conversation, reading, and writing focus on culture and modern literature. Particular emphasis on oral skills. Prerequisite: three semesters of college Italian.

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Italian Cinema and Film Criticism

Fall (Film / TV Production, Journalism, Other Foreign Language, Speech Communications; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course intends to use Italian films in order to speak about film criticism and as a key to understanding Italian society and culture. The history of Italian cinema will be read through its relationships with film genres, literature and the political and social landscape surrounding the making of the films and partially explaining its contents.

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Italian Composition I

Fall (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)

Designed to continue expanding accuracy in writing Italian. Covers syntax and idiomatic usage. Prerequisite: four semesters of college Italian.

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Italian Composition II

Fall (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)

Designed to continue expanding accuracy in writing Italian. Covers syntax and idiomatic usage. Prerequisite: five semesters of college Italian.

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Italian Conversation

Fall (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course facilitates the acquisition of language necessary to express oneself in daily situations as well as in more difficult contexts. Functionally oriented conversational themes and related vocabulary and phraseology will be introduced for discussion and intensive practice.

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Italian Cuisine

Fall (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)

This course is based on the principle that cooking is a way to get to learn the culture, and learning the culture is a way to appreciate the cooking better. It has both a theoretical and a practical side.

The theoretical side consists in discussions and readings on regional history, geography, and social customs. We will discuss Italian food and products, where they came from, how they were used in the past or in the present, and how popular they are, etc. The course should give you some knowledge of the most common dishes of Italian cuisine, especially Northern Italian cuisine.

The practical side consists in learning to prepare typical Italian regional dishes and in sampling them. You will be encouraged to participate by assisting in the preparation of the dishes.

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Italian Culture

Fall (Anthropology, Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)
Spring (Anthropology, Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)

This course analyzes various aspects of Italian culture through lectures, readings, discussions, and observation research projects. The main course objectives are to develop an understanding of contemporary Italy, encompassing its recent history, regional differences, social institutions, and contemporary issues. Students will be asked to reflect on their cultural upbringings and beliefs, and to share their Italian culture experiences in class. Particular attention will be given to breaking down commonly held stereotypes and revealing the realities of contemporary Italian life.

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Italian Food Highlights and Hospitality Field Study

Fall (Nutrition, Other Foreign Language; 300-level; 1 credit)
Spring (Nutrition, Other Foreign Language; 300-level; 1 credit)

Description not available at this time.

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Multicultural Education Issues

Spring (Art, General Education; 400-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Nutrition Across the Lifespan

Fall (Nutrition; 300-level; 3 credits)

The course addresses the effects of nutrition at all stages of the lifecyle from both social and biological views. Nutrient needs for normal growth and development at the various stages from preconception and pregnancy through late life will be examined along with common nutritional deficiencies.

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Principles of Advertising

Spring (Sociology, Speech Communications; 300-level; 3 credits)

A comprehensive survey of basic principles and practices of advertising that emphasizes creative/media strategy decision processes and historical, social, and economic influences. This course will provide a foundation for advanced advertising courses. This course covers the historical, economic and social aspects of advertising. The roles of the advertising agency, the development of creative advertising copy, advertising budgets, analysis of successful advertising campaigns and the creation of advertisements for various types of media (TV, radio, magazines, newspapers, outdoor and direct mail) will be discussed, as well as social media and online media.

Given our unique position in Italy and Europe, we will take advantage of this privilege by using Italian examples, possible field trips, guest speakers and materials as much as possible through the course. We will look at advertising as it exists in Reggio and nearby regions, and of course point some of our attention on Milan, a nearby and well-known fashion capital of the world

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Social Media in Journalism

Fall (Journalism; 400-level; 3 credits)

Students will engage in critical examination of the many dimensions of social media and its uses in a journalistic context. Students will explore the growth and implementation of social media tools from legal, ethical, cultural and social perspectives. Technological and economic pressures on journalism will also be considered.

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