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Torino Courses – 2021 Spring Accelerated

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.

Spring Accelerated Term: During the spring semester, the Torino program offers a collection of courses on an accelerated basis from January to mid-March. These courses are ideal for students from quarter-system universities because the dates often coincide with their winter quarter. Spring Accelerated students enroll in 8 to 12 semester credits comprised of Italian language, international business, politics, and cultural studies.

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

Italian Language Studies (Both Semesters)

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. The following courses are offered during the intensive period:

  • Spring
    Italian100-level4 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring Accelerated
    Italian100-level4 creditsTaught in Italian

    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.

  • Spring
    Italian200-level3 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring Accelerated
    Italian200-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    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

  • Spring
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring Accelerated
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    Designed to continue expanding accuracy in writing Italian. Covers syntax and idiomatic usage.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Italian

  • Spring
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian
    Spring Accelerated
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    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.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Italian.

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

  • Spring
    Italian100-level4 creditsTaught in Italian

    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

  • Spring
    Italian200-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    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

  • Spring
    Italian300-level3 creditsTaught in Italian

    Designed to continue expanding accuracy in writing Italian. Covers syntax and idiomatic usage.

    Prerequisite: five semesters of college Italian

    Spring Semester/Spring Accelerated Term

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

    International Business, Politics, Architecture, and Italian Studies

    • Spring
      General BusinessManagement400-level3 creditsTaught in English
      Spring Accelerated
      General BusinessManagement400-level3 creditsTaught 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.

    • Spring
      Political Science200-level3 creditsTaught in English

      This introductory course offers an overview of the concepts and methods that allow for the systematic comparison of political phenomena across countries, including government structures, political institutions, ideologies, parties and party systems, elections and political behavior. The use of six case studies -Mexico, Italy, UK, Iran, Russia and Nigeria- will allow students to examine in depth the political life of each of these countries.

    • Spring
      EconomicsHistoryPolitical Science300-level3 creditsTaught in English
      Spring Accelerated
      EconomicsHistoryPolitical Science300-level3 creditsTaught 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
      Management300-level3 creditsTaught in English
      Spring Accelerated
      Management300-level3 creditsTaught in English

      This course exposes students to the study and practice of Human Resource Management. The goal is to provide a conceptual and practical understanding of the HRM function and its importance to the effectiveness on an organization. Theoretical concepts and practical approaches relevant to the management systems and processes; recruitment, training, appraisal, compensation and labor relations will be analyzed as well as emphasis on legal constraints and international management.

    • Spring
      Speech Communications300-level3 creditsTaught in English
      Spring Accelerated
      Speech Communications300-level3 creditsTaught in English

      The purpose of this course is to develop the skills necessary to build and maintain positive communication and relationships across cultures. Students will explore the definitions, nature and manifestation of culture while examining their own values, traditions and beliefs.This course offers an introduction to the major issues related to intercultural communication. The course aims at providing students with an understanding of the intercultural communication process and to develop the skills necessary to analyze intercultural interactions, including evaluations of their own communicatory behaviour in intercultural settings.

    • Spring
      International BusinessMarketing400-level3 creditsTaught in English
      Spring Accelerated
      International BusinessMarketing400-level3 creditsTaught in English

      A study of all aspects of marketing unique to international business. This course examines the impact of cultures, ethics, history, politics, and the law on marketing practice in the globalized economy. It also provides knowledge of tools for cultural analysis and discusses issues related to culture, the economy, and all other environmental variables that affect global business. A better understanding of cultural diversity is essential for successful international business, and this course provides a comprehensive perspective. Prerequisite: lower level Business core. Taught in English. (Spring semester)

    • Spring
      ArtFilmItalian200-level3 creditsTaught in English
      Spring Accelerated
      ArtFilmItalian200-level3 creditsTaught 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
      Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English
      Spring Accelerated
      Nutrition200-level1 creditTaught in English

      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
      AnthropologyItalian200-level3 creditsTaught in English

      Study of Italian culture via discussions of contemporary society and current events. Cross-cultural comparisons will be examined through film, news media and students' experiences in Italy.

    • Spring
      ArchitectureArt300-level3 creditsTaught in English
      Spring Accelerated
      ArchitectureArt300-level3 creditsTaught in English

      The history of modern architecture from the late 18th century to 1965. The course considers the "prehistory" of modern architecture and follows its development as a new architecture by addressing rapidly changing cultural, economic and technological forces unleashed by the Industrial Revolution and modern science.

      Lectures will be presented in conjunction with engaging in-class activities. Video watching, online researches, readings, writings and drawings will be a completing part of the course program and will amplify the work done in class.

    • Spring
      Management300-level3 creditsTaught in English
      Spring Accelerated
      Management300-level3 creditsTaught in English

      The goal of this course is to provide the student with an overview of the concepts and techniques of Operations Management across all activities of an organization and for all types of processes. Basic methods of analysis to support decision-making will be presented. On completion of the course, the student should be able to identify appropriate analytical techniques for given decisions, perform basic quantitative analyses using these methods, and make basic judgements regarding effective management of operations in manufacturing and service environments.

      Prerequisite: introductory coursework in general business.

    • Spring
      Art History300-level3 creditsTaught in English

      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
      History400-level3 creditsTaught in English

      The course aims to analyze the most relevant moments that marked the European and North American urban history over the centuries (from the Ancient city to the most recent transformation). Addressing a number of case studies that mirror different models of growth, development, design and planning of the cities from the Greek City to the modern city (i.e. the industrial city, the garden city, the city beautiful, the vertical city, the suburban city, the orthogonal city, the linear city…). An urban vision per period will be selected and analyzed in class, not only from the standpoint of the spatial transformation but also observed within the frame of the political, economic and social change that generated the urban models.

      While lectures will provide the framework of the course, a series of visits will offer the students the possibility to observe the implementation of some of the urban experiences addressed in class at the local level. In fact, the city of Turin will provide an interesting laboratory to investigate the application of the studied urban visions: through the guided visits the students will be able to analyze the most relevant phases of the local urban history and of the planning, development and transformation of the city: from the Roman city to the Medieval City, from the Baroque City to the industrial City, from to the city of the economic miracle to the Olympic City.

    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.

    Quick Details

    2020-21 App. Cycle

    Spring: Open

    Spring Accelerated (Jan-March): Open

    2021-22 App. Cycle

    Summer programs: Open

    Fall/Yearlong: Open

    Spring: Open

    Eligibility

    Minimum 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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