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Torino Courses – 2021 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.

Academics

Semester students may enroll in 12 to 18 credits per semester comprised of Italian language plus electives in business, international management, politics, and cultural studies. At least one Italian language course is required.

Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

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 in addition to their semester-long electives, 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. The following courses are offered during the intensive period:

  • Spring
    Italian 100-level 4 credits Taught in Italian

    This course is designed to help learners of Italian develop basic communicative competence and critical thinking skills. It offers an intensive study and practice of the productive and receptive language skills in the oral and written modes.

  • Spring
    Italian 200-level 3 credits Taught in Italian Cancelled

    Students will learn to narrate in the main timeframes and use the subjunctive mood in the correct contexts. This course will focus on writing, familiarizing the student with the conventions of different types of written genres, such as descriptions, narrations in emails, blogs or journal articles, formal and informal letters, and expository academic essays.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level Italian

  • Spring
    Italian 300-level 3 credits Taught in Italian Cancelled

    The focus of this course is to improve learners´ written abilities through the analysis and the production of different types of texts. In addition, several grammatical topics will be reviewed to enhance and refine the learners´ grammatical competence.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Italian, or equivalent

  • Spring
    Italian 300-level 3 credits Taught in Italian Cancelled

    In this course, students will develop the skills to communicate with native Italian speakers in day-to-day conversations and learn how to appropriately respond with complex vocabulary.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level Italian

After the intensive period, semester students have the option to take one additional language course. You may choose from the following:

  • Spring
    Italian 100-level 4 credits Taught in Italian Cancelled

    This course is designed to help learners of Italian develop basic communicative competence and critical thinking skills. It offers an intensive study and practice of the productive and receptive language skills in the oral and written modes. The main emphasis of this course is on communication

    Prerequisite: one semester of college-level Italian

  • Spring
    Italian 200-level 3 credits Taught in Italian Cancelled

    Students will learn to narrate in the main timeframes and use the subjunctive mood in the correct contexts. This course will focus on writing, familiarizing the student with the conventions of different types of written genres, such as descriptions, narrations in emails, blogs or journal articles, formal and informal letters, and expository academic essays.

    Prerequisite: three semesters of college-level Italian

  • Spring
    Italian 300-level 3 credits Taught in Italian Cancelled

    The focus of this course is to improve learners´ written abilities through the analysis and the production of different types of texts. In addition, several grammatical topics will be reviewed to enhance and refine the learners´ grammatical competence.

    Prerequisite: five semesters of college Italian, or equivalent

    Courses available during the Accelerated Spring term are identified in the dropdown menu.

    International Business, Politics, Architecture, and Italian Studies

    • Spring
      General Business Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

      The course presents leadership, management and teamwork concepts/models that have emerged over the past years. It is conceived as a behavioral course, aiming to challenge students to apply these concepts/models through class exercises, simulations, role-plays, etc. in a dynamic and participative way.

      Prerequisite: introductory course in business

    • Spring
      Economics History Political Science 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

      The creation of the European Union will go down in history as one of the most remarkable achievements of the twentieth century. In less than two generations, Europeans fought two appalling wars among themselves, appreciated the dangers of nationalism and sat down to design a system that would make inconceivable that they would ever take up arms against each other again. A body of laws and treaties has been agreed and a set of institutions has been created that have altered the political, economic and social landscape of western Europe. The main objective of this class is to gain understanding on how European Union works and about what it means for the millions of people who live under its jurisdiction. Our goal is to provide students with fair understandings of concept of the European market integration within the present framework of globalization, trade liberalization and regionalism.

    • Spring
      International Business Marketing 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

      The course is designed to enable students to develop marketing strategies and plans in and across a range of different international market environments. While extending students' marketing and strategic skills obtained in earlier courses into a global context, students also develop knowledge and skills in international marketing processes.

      Prerequisite: one semester of college-level marketing or business administration

    • Spring
      Art Film Italian 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

      This film course serves as a key to understanding Italian society through a wide-ranging historical look at Italian cinema. The course introduces the history of Italian film and its major genres, studies the relationship of film to literature and the performing arts, and examines films currently released in the commercial and the film festival circuits. Torino, birthplace of Italian cinema, is the ideal site for the course – also for the National Cinema Museum.

    • Spring
      Anthropology Italian 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

      This course analyzes various aspects of Italian culture through lectures, readings, discussions, and observation research projects. Students will develop an understanding of contemporary Italy, encompassing its recent history, regional differences, social institutions, and contemporary issues. Students will also reflect on their cultural upbringings and beliefs, and to share their Italian culture experiences in class. Students are encouraged to break down commonly held stereotypes and experience the realities of contemporary Italian life.

    • Spring
      History 300-level 3 credits Taught in English
      Description not available at this time.

    To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.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.

    Internships

    USAC internships are rich resources for your academic and professional development. They are considered courses and count as part of your credit load. Students will be working in an authentic local environment, with exposure to the Italian language. Italian language ability is very helpful, but not necessary. 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.

    Torino internships have mainly been in architecture/design; communications and marketing, but are not limited to these areas. Prior placements have included: architecture studios, car/ industrial/ urban design; graphic design; furniture design and design with recycled materials; tutoring English and assisting in English classes and after-school activities; designing marketing / advertising materials for architects, communications firm; promotion and assistance of USAC; translating, video making, public speaking/cultural presentations. Additional options with local and international companies may be available. 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 Torino program, a minimum GPA of 3.0, and junior standing at the time of the internship. A refundable fee of $200 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

    Host University Courses

    The University of Torino offers a wide variety of courses for students with a strong command of Italian. A limited number of additional courses may be available in English. These are a great way to immerse yourself in the local university and make friends outside of your USAC courses. Keep in mind that these courses need to be taken in addition to your full time USAC course load and transfer of credit is not guaranteed. Your Resident Director must approve and will help you to compile a course schedule that will accommodate both USAC and the University of Torino’s calendars.

    Additional Offerings

    Courses

    • Spring
      Anthropology Nutrition 300-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled

      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.

    • Spring
      Gender, Race, and Identity Sociology Women's Studies / Gender Studies 400-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled

      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. A special look at the host culture will also be considered.

    • Spring
      International Business Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled

      The objective of the course is to push students to think strategically and critically in different competitive situations. The course introduces the students to a coherent framework of “as is” analysis, strategy formulation and strategy implementation, thus developing students’ abilities to analyze the competitive environment of a firm and assess its internal strengths and weaknesses and, finally, produce a corporate and business strategy. Due to globalization of companies, special attention is given to international competition and to international strategies development. Furthermore, all these concepts will be practically applied in that students will work to develop their own strategic plans.

      Prerequisite: introductory course in management

    • Spring
      Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English Cancelled

      Students are given the opportunity to learn, observe and participate first-hand in the art of preparing Italian foods, as well as to study the relationship between food and culture. USAC provides instruction and facilities for this cooking class. This course is based on the principle that cooking is a way to learn the culture, and learning the culture is a way to better appreciate the cooking. As such, the course has both a theoretical and a practical side. An introductory lecture is needed to understand Italian cooking. Its peculiarity is highlighted by a knowledge of history, geography and other social customs; knowing these allows the students to better appreciate this rich aspect of Italian life.

      The course will include actual cooking and learning how to prepare Italian meals: antipasti, first courses, second courses with vegetable side dishes, desserts - and of course, how to make a good pizza. After learning how to prepare each meal, the class will enjoy eating the meal together.

      This course has an additional fee for materials.

    • Spring
      Art History 300-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled

      This advanced-level course provides a historical overview of the major ideas, social and political events, artists and art movement of the 20th Century. Throughout the course, we will engage with a wide variety of media from the last century including painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, collage, manifestos, sound art, film, design, architecture, performance art, and new media installations. Lectures will be presented in conjunction with in-class discussions. The course will incorporate visits to local museums and art collections. Special attention will be given to Italian art movements – such as Futurism and Arte Povera. The final grade will be based upon in-class activities, a museum essay, and mid-semester and final examinations.

    • Spring
      300-level 3 credits Taught in English
      Description not available at this time.

    Quick Details

    2021-22 App. Cycle

    Fall (90 day program): Open

    Spring: Open

    2022-23 App. Cycle

    Summer Sessions: Opens 9/1
    Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1
    Spring: Opens 9/1

    Eligibility

    Preferred GPA: 2.5

    Program Type

    Specialty

    Credits

    US Credit

    Program Capacity

    65 students

    Instruction

    English | Italian

    Member

    AACUPI--Association of American Colleges and Universities in Italy

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