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Torino Courses – 2023 Summer Session I

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 may take three to seven credits per session. At least one 3-credit course is required each session you are enrolled. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

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Italian Language Studies

Summer language courses are intensive, with one to four credits of Italian taught in each five-week session. Language courses generally have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each (varying upon level).

Session I and Session II

  • Summer Session I
    Italian 100-level 1 credit Taught in Italian
    Summer Session II
    Italian 100-level 1 credit Taught in Italian

    The course objective is to introduce the student to the Italian language, covering the essential communicative tools useful for everyday interaction in Italy for participants with little or no knowledge of the Italian language. There is an emphasis on oral communication and precise pronunciation. Class activities will include some role-playing and dialogues. The students will not only be taught the linguistic system but will also be given strategies and techniques that facilitate the learning process.

  • Summer Session I
    Italian 100-level 4 credits Taught in Italian
    Summer Session II
    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Italian 300-level 1 credit Taught in Italian
    Summer Session II
    Italian 300-level 1 credit Taught in Italian
    Description not available at this time.

International Business, Politics, and Architecture

The following courses offer International Business studies as well as a wide range of classes designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary perspective to your studies.

Session I

  • Summer Session I
    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Speech Communications 300-level 3 credits Taught 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.

  • Summer Session I
    International Business Marketing 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    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

  • Summer Session I
    International Business Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    International Business Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    International strategic management addresses the questions of how and why some companies are able to develop and maintain competitive advantage in a global environment. Why do some companies in a given industry do better than others? We will examine how the international environment influences the choices that senior-level executives make regarding which products and services to offer, how and where to get them built and delivered, and how to organize and finance their company. We will learn that effective competitive intelligence at the level of the company, industry, and broader environment drives decisions that lead to competitive advantage.

  • Summer Session I
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught 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.

  • Summer Session I
    Management 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    In this course, students will learn the concepts and techniques of operations management across all activities of an organization. This course covers topics related to methods of analyses that support organizational decision-making. Students will evaluate and apply the appropriate analytical technique for a variety of scenarios, perform quantitative analyses utilizing primary sources, and develop conclusions regarding effective management of operations in manufacturing and service environments.

    Prerequisite: introductory coursework in business management

  • Summer Session I
    History 400-level 3 credits Taught 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 urban growth, development, design and planning from the Greek city to the contemporary city (i.e. the industrial city, the garden city, the City Beautiful movement, the vertical city, the suburban development, the orthogonal grid, 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 changes 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 Torino 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.

Session II

  • Summer Session II
    Political Science 200-level 3 credits Taught 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. Using 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.

  • Summer Session I
    International Business Marketing 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    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

  • Summer Session I
    International Business Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    International Business Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    International strategic management addresses the questions of how and why some companies are able to develop and maintain competitive advantage in a global environment. Why do some companies in a given industry do better than others? We will examine how the international environment influences the choices that senior-level executives make regarding which products and services to offer, how and where to get them built and delivered, and how to organize and finance their company. We will learn that effective competitive intelligence at the level of the company, industry, and broader environment drives decisions that lead to competitive advantage.

  • Summer Session I
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English
    Summer Session II
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught 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.

  • Summer Session II
    Architecture Art 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    The course intends to provide all students with an introduction to contemporary architecture, with special interest in the contemporary city. It will focus on the major trends, events, key figures and works in architectural and urban history. Major architectural and urban trends and perspectives will be discussed on an international scale, from the late 19th century to the present.

    Lectures and class discussions will provide the framework of the course. Walking tours and visits to selected parts of the city will be scheduled. Selected readings will be assigned in advance, in view of the lectures and visits. Two in-class tests will be scheduled on the topics of the architectural lectures and of the visits, to make the discussion fruitful. Additional assignments may be announced at the discretion of the professor.

  • Summer Session II
    Management Supply Chain Management 400-level 3 credits Taught in English
    Description not available at this time.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Quick Details

2023-24 Application Cycle

  • Summer: Open
    • Session I or I&II deadline: April 1
    • Session II deadline: May 1
  • Fall/Yearlong: Open
    • Deadline: May 1
  • Spring: Open
    • Deadline: October 1

Eligibility

Preferred 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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