Viterbo, Italy
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Viterbo Courses - 2019 Summer Sessions I & II

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 will enroll three to six credits per session, plus one additional credit if enrolled in the optional South of Italy Field Study. At least one 3-credit course is required each summer session. Course availability is contingent upon on student interest and enrollment and is subject to change. Please visit the USAC website for complete course descriptions and prerequisites.

Italian Language Studies

Summer language courses are intensive, with one to 4 credits of Italian taught in each five-week session. Language courses generally have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each.

Session I and Session II

History and the Arts

Taught in English

The following courses offer a wide range of subject matter to provide a multi-disciplinary perspective to your studies.

Session I

Session II

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Field studies

Deepen your academic experience through the optional South of Italy field study course, offered between the two summer sessions, which helps you explore the historical, cultural, and natural features of the region. Students who enroll in this 1-credit course will select a particular topic of interest to examine as part of the Field Study, and complete a research paper drawing from their field study experience as well as from additional readings, research, and written assignments.

Internships

Viterbo internship opportunities fall into broad categories; possible placements include: translating materials and writing articles for a local tourist website or a teaching practicum in which students are placed in local kindergarten schools teaching English as a Second Language. Depending on the level of Italian language at the beginning of the internship, the student will be working in an English or Italian speaking environment with high exposure to Italian culture and language. Proficiency in Italian is not required for the teaching practicum; the activity in class is supervised and monitored by the Italian teachers and conversation is done in English. Placement is not guaranteed by USAC, rather it will be determined by your application and supporting materials and an interview on site with the internship sponsor.

Eligibility: Enrollment in both sessions of the USAC Viterbo summer program, a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and junior standing at the time of internship. A refundable fee of $200 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

U.S. Professors

Most USAC courses are taught by local faculty; however, the following professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Session I

Dr. Heike Henderson | Boise State University

Course offered:

Heike Henderson is Professor of German and Associate Chair of the Department of World Languages at Boise State University. Her research interests include crime fiction, intercultural relations, and literary representations of food in contemporary literature. She originally came to the US on an exchange program from Germany.

Session II

Dr. Scott Brady | California State University, Chico

Course offered:

After studying landscape change in Latin America for more than a decade, Professor Scott Brady will shift his lens to Viterbo and explore the area’s past and present landscapes by means of repeat photography.

Course Descriptions

Advanced Italian I

Summer Session I (Italian; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Italian; 400-level; 3 credits)

Advanced Italian I is a three-credit course for students who already have a solid foundation in the language and want learn how to use the language with increasing syntactic complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

 Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

 There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

 Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

 Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

 The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

 All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

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Advanced Italian II

Summer Session I (Italian; 400-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Italian; 400-level; 3 credits)

The objective of this class is to do a comprehensive revision of the most difficult grammatical points in Italian. This will be presented through the use of theoretical and practical materials that permit the student to consolidate some of those complex grammatical aspects of the Italian language that require frequent review and further development. Care will be taken, whenever possible, to focus on understanding and practicing their use in both the written and spoken forms of the language. Prerequisite: seven semesters of college Italian.

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Arts as Visual Language

Summer Session I (Art, Speech Communications; 300-level; 3 credits)

This is an introductory course that presents a selection of 20thcentury Italian Artists whose works we will see at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome. The student will be asked to perceive the works applying Rudolf Arnheim’s innovative theory on visual thinking, which means developing the ability to unite perception and reasoning so as to experience an informed and unbiased interaction with art. Thus while not being a course on aesthetics, art criticism, or art history per se the approach offered can be applied to expand upon notions surrounding art production and art appreciation in general.

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Drawing and Painting Italy I

Summer Session I (100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (100-level; 1 credit)

This course is designed for students who are interested in the practical experience of art. Students will need to work outside the classroom, as well as in class. This course is designed to generate competence in individual aesthetic style. The interrelation of painting and drawing with other media and disciplines will also be encouraged and issues on the interpretation of drawing and painting will be addressed. Taught in English.

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Elementary Italian I

Summer Session I (Italian; 100-level; 4 credits)
Summer Session II (Italian; 100-level; 4 credits)

Elementary Italian I is a four-credit language course offered to students who are enrolled in USAC and have not taken any Italian courses at college-level before. This course is designed to help non-native speakers of Italian to acquire basic communicative competence by providing the opportunities to develop the basic skills of a language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing.

The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential. Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language.

As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

• Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

• There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

• Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used; grammar is taught in a communicative way;

• The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

• All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

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Elementary Italian II

Summer Session I (Italian; 100-level; 4 credits)
Summer Session II (Italian; 100-level; 4 credits)

Elementary Italian II is a four-credit language course offered to students who are enrolled in USAC and have already taken one Elementary Italian course before. This course is designed to help non-native speakers of Italian to improve their basic communicative competence by providing the opportunities to develop the basic skills of the Italian language: listening, speaking, interacting, reading and writing. The main emphasis of this course is on communication and, therefore, class attendance is essential.

Two field trips will be scheduled according to the local cultural events in order to discover some important and meaningful aspects of Italian culture and history.

Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach. The communicative approach is based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language.

As a result, classroom activities are characterised by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels; different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

 There may be more emphasis on skills than systems; lessons are more learner-centred, and there may be use of authentic materials;

 Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

 The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

 All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

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Food and Culture

Summer Session II (300-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Food and Literature: International Perspectives

Summer Session I (English; 300-level; 3 credits)

In this class, we will be looking at representations of food in contemporary literature and film in a wide variety of cultural contexts. The treatment of food highlights important issues like memory, cultural differences, social status, religion, sexuality, and gender roles. We will ask how these texts deal with food-related themes, and what insights can be gleamed from such a treatment of the topic. This will lead to a better understanding of the relationships between food and literature as well as of their cultural contexts.

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From Saints to Selfies: Documentary Photography

Summer Session II (Art, Historic Preservation, Journalism; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course analyzes the visual paths that created our collective identity through the study of the "culture of the gaze" (Western), to finally arrive to the historical moment in which we live, strongly marked by the images. Each image, without distinction, is in respect of the memory more effective than the word, making it a fundamental tool for the documentation of cultural assets.

Documentary photography serves to preserve the memory of an object and make it visible, even in its absence. The photographer has the task of having to create documents that represent in a fair and objective way the cultural assets. Students will analyze, research, and study monuments – mainly but not limited to sculpture and architecture – learning its history, style, origin, author(s) and learning concepts of restoration.

Required materials: A digital camera that allows full manual control of the functions (all DSRL or mirrorless models) with wide-angle and normal lens, and a basic laptop with image software processing (like photoshop, camera raw, lightroom, etc).

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History of Medieval Italy: The World of Dante

Summer Session I (History, Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course will examine the main historical events of the age in connection with the Dante’s life and his Divine Comedy. Guided trips within the city of Viterbo and other medieval cities will breathe life in what students are learning and encourage them to take full advantage of their Italian experience.

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Intermediate Italian I

Summer Session I (Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)

Intermediate Italian I is a three-credit course for students who already have a solid foundation in the language. The course is 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.

Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

 Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

 There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

 Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

 Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

 The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

 All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

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Intermediate Italian II

Summer Session I (Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Italian; 200-level; 3 credits)

Intermediate Italian II is a three-credit course for students who already have a solid foundation in the language and want learn how to use the language with increasing syntactic complexity and grammatical accuracy, paying special attention to the change of time-frames, as well as the expression of hypothesis and different degrees of certainty.

Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

 Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

 There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

 Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

 Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

 The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

 All in-class oral activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the oral section of the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

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Introduction to Italian Language I

Summer Session I (Italian; 100-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Italian; 100-level; 1 credit)

The course objective is to enhance the period of study for participants with little or no knowledge of the target language (Italian). A working basic knowledge is provided, including a general introduction to common vocabulary, grammar, and syntax. Emphasis is placed on oral communication and precise pronunciation. Class activities will consist of role playing, songs, games, and practical exercises. Additional activities such as language lab work and possible class visits to enhance the course topics may be scheduled.

Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

 Different Teaching Techniques And Strategies Will Be Used To Accommodate Different Learning Styles;

 There May Be More Emphasis On Skills Than Systems;

 Lessons Are More Learner-Centered, And Authentic Materials Will Be Used;

 Grammar Is Taught In A Communicative Way;

 The Classroom Atmosphere Will Be Positive, Encouraging, And Enjoyable In Order To Increase Students´ Motivation For The Learning Process;

 All In-Class Oral Activities, As Well As The Activities Carried Out By Students At Home In Preparation For The Oral Section Of The Exams, Encourage Team Work And Create An Environment Of Solidarity, Peer Exchange And Mutual Support.

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Italian Composition I

Summer Session I (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)

Designed to continue expanding accuracy in writing Italian, this course covers advanced Italian grammar, syntax and idiomatic usage. Emphasis is placed in improving the students´ writing abilities with the analysis first, and the subsequent production of different types of texts. In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of literary texts (extracts from novels, short stories, etc) will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

 Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

 There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

 Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

 Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

 The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

 All in-class activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

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Italian Composition II

Summer Session I (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)
Summer Session II (Italian; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed to reinforce students' accuracy in writing Italian by introducing them to basic research concepts and techniques and emphasizing critical reading and the subsequent production of different types of texts. Assignments include critical examination of literature and compositions using research and documentation. Emphasis is on writing as part of the processes of thinking and learning (a foreign language and culture). In addition, a number of grammatical topics are reviewed in order to enhance and improve learners´ grammatical competence. The extensive reading of literary texts (extracts from novels, short stories, etc) will accompany and strengthen the formal instruction.

Classroom activities are guided by the communicative approach based on the idea that learning language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning. When learners are involved in real communication, their natural strategies for language acquisition will be used, and this will allow them to learn to use the language. As a result classroom activities are characterized by trying to produce meaningful and real communication, at all levels;

 Different teaching techniques and strategies will be used to accommodate different learning styles;

 There may be more emphasis on skills than systems;

 Lessons are more learner-centered, and authentic materials will be used;

 Grammar is taught in a communicative way;

 The classroom atmosphere will be positive, encouraging, and enjoyable in order to increase students´ motivation for the learning process;

 All in-class activities, as well as the activities carried out by students at home in preparation for the exams, encourage team work and create an environment of solidarity, peer exchange and mutual support.

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Italian Cuisine

Summer Session I (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)

The course includes a cooking workshop where students will put in practice the theory acquired by preparing different dishes, using and combining different ingredients in order to comply with specific dietary needs and/or restrictions, learning more about regional differences and tasting freshly prepared real Mediterranean and Italian food. This course is based on the principle that cooking is a way to understand the culture and understanding the culture is a way to better appreciate the cooking. It has both a theoretical and a practical side. Not recommended for students on a gluten-free diet.

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Italian Renaissance Arts

Summer Session II (Art, General Humanities And Social Sciences; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course will explore some of the most relevant works and the main ideas at the basis of the art, architecture, music, theater, and literature that contributed to create the civilization of Italian Renaissance – works and ideas that influenced the future development of Western culture. Architecture, sculptures, paintings, literary woks, music and theatrical performances will be also considered in their historical context for a period that covers from 1348 until the end of 1500, from early Humanism to Mannerism. Students will have the opportunity to see several Renaissance artistic works or the locations of their performances during our and their visits in cities like Rome, Florence, Perugia, Siena, as well as in Viterbo.

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People, Places, and Landscape: Cultural Geographies of Europe

Summer Session I (Anthropology, Geography; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed to introduce students to the nature of Human Geography. Students will learn, or develop pre-acquired skills, to reflect upon cultural diversity, landscape development, environmental change and degradation, globalization and overpopulation to name a few. By using the methods of geographers – observation, mapmaking, data gathering and technical writing – students will learn how to employ spatial concepts and landscape interpretation to locations and situations around Europe with a focus to the Italian scenario. Via fieldtrips and direct observations exercises, students will have a better comprehension of how the Italian map and more specifically regional areas are defined within the European framework.

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Travel Photography

Summer Session I (Art, Journalism; 300-level; 3 credits)

A camera is really an excuse to delve deeper into a place than we otherwise would. Looking for a good shot forces us to seek out the unique features and scenic beauty of a location, to explore further, and to interact with our surroundings. Taking pictures is also a very accessible art form. With a little thought and effort, you can create captivating images of your own creation and interpretation. This course will help you in capturing memories, telling a story and expressing a sense of place. In particular the course will go through the basics of exposure, lighting and composition as well as finding your own style in visual communication and expression.

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Travel Writing

Summer Session II (English, Journalism, Speech Communications; 400-level; 3 credits)

The basis of this course is the development of creative writing skills by focusing on the genre of travel writing. Students will read and discuss extracts from the great classics of travel writing as well as current travel journalism published in newspapers magazines and on-line. Most of all this class is a writing workshop, and we will be writing for nearly every class and often in class, too. Assignments will focus on helping the student find an individual voice, on developing ideas and honing them through revision and drafting, on writing for different audiences, and on the inclusion of photographs in their written work. Emphasis will also be placed on the students´ ability to evaluate and critique their own work and that of others.

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Using Photography to Learn Viterbo’s Past and Present Cultural Landscapes

Summer Session II (Anthropology, Art, Geography; 300-level; 3 credits)

Cultural landscapes are signatures that people inscribe on Earth’s surface. Geographers study landscapes to understand the cultures that created them. For more than two millenia diverse cultures have etched their landscape signatures in Viterbo’s environs. In 1901 the British School at Rome (BSR) began archaeological investigations of Etruscan and Roman landscapes in Viterbo’s vicinity. BSR also created a photographic record of Viterbo’s past landscapes. More than 100 photographs of Viterbo available at http://www.bsr.ac.uk/library/digitalcollections. Students will use BSR’s historic photographs and make contemporary photographs to learn Viterbo’s past and present landscapes.

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