Courses - Fall 2013

All students on the Rome Literature and Cultural Anthropology program MUST take the Italian language and the Italian Creativities courses below and then choose two of the remaining three classes which have been customized for our group:

Italian Language and Culture-REQUIRED (1 credit)
This course will build upon the foundation of Italian language study completed at HWS prior to the program. A variety of visits to local sites will complement in-class instruction and a series of "labs" will introduce students to various aspects of Italian culture and society. Students with more advanced Italian skills will be placed in an upper level class.

Italian Creativities: Film, Fashion, Food and Ferraris-REQUIRED (1 credit)
This bi-disciplinary course in the humanities and social sciences introduces students to creativity in multiple disciplinary, historical and cultural contexts. Students will observe and seek understanding of various Italian sites and flows of creativity in action, cultural objects and texts. Creativity will be examined as part of a larger social process at the national and global levels, from economic development, resistance to globalization, identity conflicts, food trends, fashion waves and consumer behavior.

In Search of Rome: The Hidden and Visible in Literary Culture (1 credit)
This course will examine how writers have interacted with the city of Rome in their works and personal lives, how these works have become part of the cultural identity of the city and influenced other generations of writers. Starting with the tradition of the literary walk and with the work of ancient writers (such as Ovid and Horace), students will explore the city's classical heritage. Further readings will include medieval (The Inferno) and more modern texts. Students will visit sites associated with these writers and portrayed in their works, culminating in student groups mapping out their own literary walks and presenting these to classmates and the wider Colleges' community.

Researching the Cultural Diversity of Rome (1 credit)
Students will learn anthropology methods, discuss these in class and then apply them to the understanding of Rome past and present. Using the tools of fieldwork-interviewing, participant observation, discourse analysis, visual image collection and other non-field strategies-students will examine Rome and its many subcultures and communities.

Food and Culture in Italy (1 credit)
Storing, cooking, eating, sharing, growing and buying food is changing in Italy. Food-behaviors respond to complex social, cognitive and physiological factors and are embedded in social norms and personal values. Through historic and anthropological research, we will examine food rituals and food behavior to illuminate culture. Students will undertake a group-learning project around Rome that will enhance their classroom experience. Field trips (cheese, wine and olive oil production) and cooking classes will be included in the experience.


  • The Rome program is offered every Fall semester, with a different academic focus, depending on the faculty director.
  • Applications are available at the Center for Global Education.
  • Applications are due at the CGE office at a selected date in March. For specific date contact the CGE.

NOTE: This information is subject to change. Please see the CGE for more information.






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