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SUMMER STUDY ABROAD

Italy Two Summer Sessions and All Classes Offered at the Undergraduate Level

Montepulciano


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he Montepulciano, Italy summer study abroad program gives students an opportunity to take lower and upper division courses work in historic Tuscany. Classes are held in a 16th century fortress in the historic center of the city. Montepulciano is centrally located between Rome and Florence, with accessible bus and rail transportation to the rest of Italy. Kennesaw State University has overseen this study abroad program for the European council of the University System of Georgia for the past nine years.

Courses:

All courses are offered at the undergraduate level. Students will take two courses in the program. Each courses is three credit hours. Students from participating University System of Georgia schools will then register for courses at their home institutions.

Admissions:

Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and good academic standing. (No prior coursework in Italian is required).

Housing:

Accommodations are provided for students. Reside in shared apartments. A typical apartment has two double rooms, one bathroom and kitchen facilities. Group dinners are provided at a local restaurant Sunday through Thursday each week.

Program Cost:

Summer 2008 program fee: $4,320.00 Cost includes roundtrip airfare, housing, five dinners per week, program-related field trips including all admissions /museum entry fees, and emergency health insurance. Program cost does not include tuition. Financial Aid applicable. Students from participating University System of Georgia institutions should meet with the study abroad advisor or European Council representative on their campus for more information. Students from other institutions should contact the program office at Kennesaw State University for registration assistance.

Kennesaw State University

Office of International Service and Programs 1000 Chastain Road English Bldg. #27, Suite 201 Kennesaw, GA 30144 Contact Mr. Bernard Anderson, Study Abroad Advisor bander48@kennesaw.edu *678-797-2416

Application Deadline: February 15, 2008. Apply early to reserve your space!

Hill town of Montepulciano


Session I: May 16 - Jun 23, 2008 Session I Courses Offerings: Morning Courses: Morning courses meet in class sessions from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday and Wednesdays. Morning courses have Tuesdays reserved for all-day field trips. Travel Writing: 3 credits hours. Upper division course. Instructor: Dr Patricia Price, Georgia Southern University, ptprice@gerogiasouthern.edu, 912-764-8327

In this course we will explore the connections between the journey within and the journey without. Before leaving home, you will read three essays about being a traveler and being a travel writer: Walker Percy’s “The Loss of the Creature, “Mary Louise Pratt’s “Arts of the Contact Zone,” and Dean MacCannell’s “The Ego Factor in Tourism.” Then you will read some classic travel journals – selections from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Italian Journey 1786 – 1788, Charles Dicken’s Picture from Italy, and Mark Twain’s The Innocents’ Abroad – and write our own journals of this trip. You may find yourself creating what will be, in years to come, your favorite sourvenir of this summer: a repository of your personal impressions of Italy.

Drawing in Montepulciano: 3 credit hours. Lower/Upper division course. Instructor: Prof. William Fisher, Georgia College & State University, william.fisher@gcsu.edu, 478- 457- 7286

Learn and explore the basics of drawing you never knew, or refine and build upon your current drawing skills through direct observation and media experimenttion. With the Tuscan countryside as a backdrop and a Renaissance-era fortress as a studio, students will work with a range of materials on subjects including still life, landscapes, figures, and the non-representational. Field trips will take the students to remote as well as urban environs for drawing and interaction with the local citizens, and the courses will culminate with a student-organized exhibition. Students will also jury work to be presented to city dignitaries in appreciation of their hospitality.

Geography of Europe: 3 credit hours. Upper division course. Instructor: Dr Harold Trendell, Kennesaw State University, htrendel@kennesaw.edu, 770-423-6240

You can take geography in a classroom, wishing you could travel to the places discussed by the professor or read about in the textbook. Or, you can travel to Italy and take Geography in the heart ofTuscany. Broaden your horizons with geographic perspectives on people and places, climate, history, politics and economics. Class discussions, project and field trips will help you to “see” Europe from a geographic viewpoint

Plants and Society: 3 credit hours. Lower division course. Instructor: Dr. Jere Boudell, Clayton State University, jboudell@clayton.edu, 678-466-4772

Plants and Society emphasizes the intimate relationship between plants and our lives through our use of plants as food, and medicine, and to enrich our surroundings through gardening and landscaping. In Italy, where plants are interwoven throughout Italian culture, we will learn about Italian cooking and meals, wine and winemaking, herbalism, and the geometric and often humorous Italian Gardens. We will also explore the natural explore Plants and Society in Italy, and through immersion in Italian culture become aware of the role of plants in our own lives.

Afternoon Courses: Afternoon courses meet from 1 to 3:30p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, with All Day Thursdays reserved for field trips. World Literature I: 3 credit hours. Lower division course. Instructor: Dr. Patricia Price, Georgia Southern University, Ptprice @ Georgia southern.edu, 912-764-8327

We will explore the rich panorama of world literature from the beginning of storytelling and myth to the 1600s. Although our main emphasis in this course will be on the development of the Western (European) tradition in literature and culture, we will also explore the values and cultural achievements of some non-Western civilizations. Our study of this literature will enable us to reflect on how literary texts helps us come to terms with such enduring human concerns as our origins, the heroic ideal, religion, politics, love and intellectual and aesthetic excellence.

HOT! Off the Press: Printmaking in Italy: 3 credit hours. Lower/Upper course. Instructor: Prof. William Fisher, Georgia college & State University, williamfisher@gcsu.edu, 478-457-7286

Experience the centuries-old tradition of hand-pulled printmaking in beautifulTuscany. Through personalized instruction from a master printmaker, you will learn the methods of creating press-less multiples from various matrices as your Renaissance-era fortress studio provides inspiration. Whether you have no experience or wish to learn alternative and advanced processes, you will develop skills in relief, intaglio, monotype, chine colle, rubber, stamping, frottage, stenciling and bookmaking. Field trips will take us to remote as well as urban environs for drawing and printing with the course culminating in a student-organized exhibition and a juried print portfolio presented to city dignitaries in appreciation of their hospitality.

Historical Geography: 3 credit hours. Upper division course. Instructor: Dr. Harold Trendell, Kennesaw Stage University. htrendel@kennesaw.edu, 770-423-6240

A rare opportunity to experiencewhat you learn on a frist-hand basis awaits you as Italy becomes a living laboratory. This course presentsa Geographic overview of the history of the civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, the Phoenicians, Rome and the Roman Empire. We will cover the geography of the crusades, Medieval Europe, the Italian Renaissance and the rise of the Italian Nation.

Tuscany


Environmental Science: 3 credit hours. Lower division course. Instructor: Dr. Jere Boudell, Clayton State, jboudell@clayton.edu, 678-466-4772

Environmental Science is a tour de force through the environment, our resource use, and how we cope with the environmental problems. Learn the science behind the headline. In this course, you will be introduced to scientific principles, dominant resources, historical interactions with the environment, and our current environmental problems. Join us as we learn about these issues up close in Tuscany. Discover the meaning behind “Think Globally, Act Locally” and gain global perspective on issue that affect us all.

Session II: June 27- August 4, 2008 Session II Course Offerings: Morning Courses: Morning courses meet in class sessions from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Morning courses have All Day Tuesdays reserved for field trips. Elementary Italian I: 3 credit hours. Lower division course. Instructor: Prof. Patrizia Stahle, Coastal Georgia Community College pstahle@cgcc.edu , 912-510-3374

This is a first course in the Italian language for beginners. No previous knowledge of Italian is required. To start, students will learn simple phrases useful for everyday living and then go on to develop the four basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Our primary goal is to begin to communicate in Italian with Italians, that is, neighbors, vendors, clerks, waiter, fellow travelers, etc. Students will be learning words, phrases and sentences along with the cultural components of language such as social rule, gestures, and other nonverbal cues by which people communicate.

Comparative World Justice Systems: 3 credit hours. Upper division course. Instructor: Dr. Richard Pacelle, Georgia Southern University, rpacelle@georgiasouthern.edu, 912-681-0571

John Rawls writes:Justice is the first virtue of social institution, as truth is of system of thought. “ We judge nations by their ability to mete out justice(giustizia). This course examine the role of law and courts in political systems around the world. We examine different legal traditions, the role and authority of courts, judicial decision-making, and the capacity of courts to influence political change.We seek to understand the constraints and opportunities that courts have as consequential actors within their existing political systems. We pay particular attention to the Italian courts (corti e tribunali) and trace their development as well as that of the evolving European Union courts.

Music Appreciation; 3 credit hours. Lower division course. Instructor: Dr. Edward Eanes, Kennesaw State University eeanes@kennesaw.edu, 770-499-3302

Study classical music in the land whereWestern music originated.This general education course will cover all major genres of classical music including symphonic, chamber, keyboard, Italian opera, sacred choral music, and music of the Italian Renaissance. Also learn the elements of music and listening skills that facilitate the understanding of any type of music from most cultures. Experience music firsthand will field trips to concerts and museums in Rome, Florence, Siena, and local arts festivals in Tuscany.

Watercolor: 3 credit hours, Lower/Upper division course Instructor:Prof. Margee-Bright Ragland, Georgia Perimeter, mbrightr@gpc.edu, 678-891-3558

Experience painting in the hill towns, countryside and cities of Tuscany. Join our watercolor classes as w capture on paper glowing fields of sunflowers, silvery olive groves, ripening vineyards and ancient ruins. We will also be recording images from our fields trips to Florence, Rome, Orvieto and Siena. This course is designed for all levels of students. Beginning painters as well as experienced artist are welcome.

Afternoon Courses: Afternoon courses meet from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, with All day Thursdays reserved for field trips. World Civilizations II: 3 credit hours. Lower division course. Instructor: Prof. Patrizia Stahle, Coastal Georgia Community College, pstahle@cgcc.edu, 912-510-3374

This course provides a broad overview of those events, historical figures, movements and confrontations that shaped the world in which we live. It explores the Enlightment, the French Revolution, the impact of the Industrial Revolution, the ideologies of the 19th century, and key events of the 20th century. Classes will be structured around a thematic approach and will be based on the use of a survey text, a document text and the unique resources provided by five weeks of residence, study, and field trips in Italy.

Introduction to Political Science: 3 credit hours. Lower division course. Instructor: Dr. Richard Pacelle, Georgia Southern University, rpacelle@georgiasouthern.edu , 912-681-0571

Think of something you did today in which government had no involvement. It is almost impossible. How do we understand government and political phenomena? This course invites students to consider the aims and approaches of political science and how it explains political phenomena. What better place to study politics than Italy? Many great ideas that have been borrowed by scholar, philosophers, and nation builders came from the Enlightenment and the Renaissance. Additionally, the Italian nations is relatively new and itself an interesting political study. Take the opportunity to see and touch history and understand its relevance to our political lives.

The History of Opera: 3 credit hours. Upper division course. Instructor: Dr. Edward Eanes, Kennesaw State University eeanes@kennesaw.edu , 770-499-3302

Study the history of opera in the country where it originated. This course will trace the development of opera from the private chambers of Florentine nobleman to the unruly audiences in Baraque Venice and the politically charged atmosphere of Verdi’s career in 19th century Italy. Experience the romance of opera firsthand with field trips to performance in Rome, Siena, and Montepulciano. Prerequisite: Music Appreciation

Art Appreciation: 3 credit hours. Lower division course. Instructor: Prof. Margee Bright-Ragland, Georgia Perimeter College mbrightr@gpc.edu, 678-891-3558

Please join us in our exploration of the visual arts in beautiful Montepulciano. From our home base in the highest hill town inTuscany, we will make trips to Florence, Rome, Siena, andOrvietostudyingthebrilliantartistsandartofItalyfromtheancientpasttothepresent.

Kennesaw State University International Service and Programs 1000 Chastain Road, English Bldg . #27, Suite 201 Kennesaw, GA 30144 Contact Mr. Bernard Anderson, Study Abroad Advisor bander48@kennesaw.edu 678-797-2416

Apply now! Applications are available online: www.kennesaw.edu/hss/italyaboard

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