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Each course is worth one full-year credit and is contingent on adequate enrolment. Students are not permitted to register for more than one course. For some courses there may also be one or two lectures held in Toronto before the start of the program; in this event, participants will be provided with further details in their admission documents.

Classes take place Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with the exception of CIN378Y0, which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A detailed schedule will be available at the time of admission. Mandatory field trips are an integral part of each course and may occur outside of class time on afternoons or Fridays.

Courses

ANT395Y0: Special Topics in Anthropology: Italian Regional Foodways and Culture

ANT395Y0: Special Topics in Anthropology: Italian Regional Foodways and Culture

This participatory seminar course introduces students to the central place occupied by food, agriculture, cooking and eating in modern Italian culture. The goal of the course is to foster a deep and sensitive understanding of the historical development of Italian cuisine and to instill an appreciation of the critical importance of local climate and ecology to Italian cuisine through comparison of various regional foodways. We’ll be looking at the scholarly literature on La Cucina Italiana and will enhance our readings with opportunities to engage personally with Italian food culture through field trips to food producers tailored for this course, and through tastings of Italian foods. This course will also offer a select number of spaces for Community Engaged Learning. This exciting volunteer opportunity to work with the Saturday Morning Breakfast program for homeless in the Kensington area of Toronto will be completed before departure for Italy.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite: None
Recommended Preparation:ANT100Y1 or ANT204H1 or ANT207H1 or ANT200Y1 or ANT203Y1
BR=None.
Note: Not all food allergies can be accommodated for this course.
Course Outline

Field Trips

This course includes a four day trip visiting various food producers in the Matera area and Bari. Students will also participate in a workshop at the Espresso Academy of Mokaflor in Florence, visit Perugia and Deruta and tour local wineries and food producers. The cost of these trips is CAD$1,450, paid to U of T for most entrance fees, guides, three night hotel accommodation, tours and return bus transportation.

Instructor

Anne Urbancic is the Mary Rowell Jackman Professor of Humanities at Victoria College. An award-winning instructor, she has often taught in the Siena Summer Abroad Program. Her courses include ANT396Y0 Italian Regional Foodways and Culture, and previously, courses in Italian language and culture. Her research and publications focus on Italian food history, on the Italian Tuscan author Mario Pratesi (1842-1921) and on the works of Annie Vivanti. She has published widely in North American and European journals. Among her most recent publications are Mario Pratesi’s lost manuscript, All’ombra dei cipressi (SEF, 2018) and Literary Titans Revisited (Dundurn Press, 2017). Together with Giuliana Sanguinetti Katz, she has translated three novels, and two plays. She always loves teaching ANT396Y0 and looks forward to exploring Italy’s dynamic and fascinating (and delicious) food and foodways with you in Siena in 2020.

CIN378Y0 Aspects of a National Cinema: The Italian Cinematic City – A Grand Tour

CIN378Y0 Aspects of a National Cinema: The Italian Cinematic City – A Grand Tour

This course is inspired by, and comments on, the tradition of the “Grand Tour” of Italy, of which it follows the commonest trajectory from North to South in an attempt to re-create the experience of the many illustrious grand tourists who traced it. We will visit Venice, Florence and Rome both in person and through the lenses of many great filmmakers who, across the decades, have engaged with their unique urban fabric, their monuments and landmarks, their streets, their culture and their climate. We will ponder the implications of location shooting, the ethics of geographic manipulations, the idea of the city as character or as genre, and the phenomenon of cinematic tourism. The course is taught in English and includes film screenings.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite: None
Breadth Requirement = 1
Course Outline

Field Trips

This course includes guided tours of the Museo Fondazione Franco Zeffirelli in Florence, an overnight trip to Rome visiting sites such as the Cinecittà si Mostra and an overnight trip to Venice and Padua visiting museums and archives. The cost of these trips is CAD$1,025, paid to U of T for for return transportation to all sites, guides, accommodation in Venice and Padua, and most entrance fees.

The cost of these trips is CAD$1,025, paid to U of T for return transportation to all sites, guides, accommodation in Rome (two nights), Palermo (two nights) and most entrance fees.

Instructor

Alberto Zambenedetti is Assistant Professor in the Department of Italian Studies and the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. He is the editor of World Film Locations: Florence (Intellect Books, 2014), of World Film Locations: Cleveland (Intellect Books, 2016), and the co-editor of Federico Fellini. Riprese, riletture, (re)visioni (Franco Cesati Editore, 2016). His scholarship has appeared in journals such as Annali D’Italianistica, Studies in European Cinema, Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, Short Film Studies, The Italianist, Quaderni d’Italianistica, The University of Toronto Quarterly, ACME, and Space and Culture. His criticism is posted on Gli Spietati (www.spietati.it). He has curated the Italian editions of Home (Yann Arthus-Bertrand, 2009), It Seems to Hang On (Kevin Jerome Everson, 2015) and Dawson City: Frozen Time (Bill Morrison, 2016), and contributed essays to the home video releases of Fire at Sea (Gianfranco Rosi, 2016) and Dawson City: Frozen Time (Bill Morrison, 2016). His manuscript project, in contract with Edinburgh University Press, is titled Acting Across Borders: Mobility and Identity in Italian Cinema.

FAH393Y0 Studies Abroad in Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture

FAH393Y0  Studies Abroad in Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture

This course will take advantage of its location, Siena, one of the most important centres of artistic production in 14th- and 15th century Italy to consider works of art in their original contexts and how they function amidst their civic and religious settings. The course spans the period from 1300 to 1650, examining the output of major protagonists, including Giotto, Simone Martini, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio and Bernini, among others. Through activities such as close looking and class discussion this course will provide students with a renewed understanding of notions of style, scale, monumentality and magnificence, as well as the materials of making in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: One FAH half course in Renaissance or Baroque art and architecture/permission of instructor.
Breadth Requirement = 1

Field Trips

Site visits will be made to cities such as Pienza, Florence, Rome, Mantua and Padua. Through these excursions students will gain a better understanding of artworks and their reception in situ, illuminating the artistic challenges that early modern masters faced in making art for their various publics.  he cost of these trips is CAD$1,375, paid to U of T for return transportation to all sites, guides, accommodation in Rome (two nights), Padua/Mantua (one night) and most entrance fees.

Instructor

Educated in Italian and American universities, Giancarla Periti has published on the dense intersections between images and texts, vision and space, media and making. Her publications include: In the Courts of Religious Ladies. Art, Vision, and Pleasure in Italian Renaissance Convents (2016) and several edited volumes: Drawing Relationships in Northern Italian Renaissance Art (2004) and, with Alexander Nagel, Ravenna in the Imagination of Renaissance Art (2019). Periti’s current book revolves around questions of liminality and artistic geography in the art of Correggio, an impressive early modern painter. Periti’s teaching ranges from matters of art and fashion to questions of consumerism and rivalry in the visual culture of the Italian Renaissance.

IRE332Y0 Special Topics: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Leadership

IRE332Y0 Special Topics: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Leadership

Every leader has a unique view of what it means to be in a leadership position. The purpose of this course is to show that many factors contribute to our perspective on leadership, including individual differences and our cultural, social, political and historical environment. To understand this in a meaningful way is to become a more effective organizational contributor who promotes respect, mutual understanding and collaboration in which differences among people are understood and celebrated. The course begins with a North American appreciation of contemporary leadership, and then compares and contrasts your personal view of leadership with the rich and complex Italian perspective. Side by side these three settings create an interesting case study of the subtle and fundamental ways in which leadership impacts what we do, believe and expect of others and ourselves.

Prerequisite

  • Prerequisite: none
  • Exclusion: WDW332Y0
  • BR=3

Course Outline

Field Trips

The numerous activities in and around Siena and field trips farther away are an important aspect of this course. We will visit Florence, walking in the footsteps of the Medici family and the Renaissance; spend two days in Rome, soaking in the culture, visiting the Jewish Ghetto and the Vatican to appreciate the coming together of art, politics and religion; and then travel to Palermo and Corleone, on the island of Sicily, to explore the mafia and its interpretation of leadership. The cost of these trips is CAD$1,463, paid to U of T for return transportation to all sites, guides, accommodation in Rome (two nights), Palermo (two nights) and most entrance fees.

Instructor

Lori Riznek is returning to the Summer Abroad program to teach this popular course once again. She is an Associate Professor Emeritus and an award winning instructor. For almost 40 years she taught graduates and undergraduates about leadership, organizational behaviour and their relationship to business strategy. Prior to joining U of T full time in 2007, Lori spent 30 years as a management consultant and executive coach, working globally with senior organizational leaders and their executive teams to develop their leadership approach and their organizations. Lori has an extensive network of academic and industry leaders, including in Siena where she spent a fall on faculty exchange with the University of Siena, to learn more about the Sienese Contrada and build relationships with local leaders.

ITA358/359Y0 Modern Italian Culture

ITA358/359Y0 Modern Italian Culture

Through a selection of short stories, novels, movies, sociological and historical documents, and scholarly and popular articles, students will learn about various aspects of Italian civilization, from Unification to modern-day Italy. Topics of study include political ideologies, industrialization, fashion, mass-media, immigration and emigration, organized crime, and gastronomy. Co-curricular activities include film screenings and field trips. Students enrolled in an Italian program submit written work/do readings in Italian.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites: None
Exclusion: ITA245Y1 / ITA247H1 / ITA248Y1 / ITA358Y0 / ITA359Y0
BR=1+3
ITA358/9Y0 – Preliminary Course Outline 2020

Field Trips

Students will engage in local cooking classes (in Siena), visit the Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo museums (in Florence), visit cinema studios and onsite locations of movie sets (overnight trip to Rome), and take tours of food factories and the Enzo Ferrari Museum (overnight trip to Bologna and Modena).The cost of these field trips is CAD$1,525, for return transportation to all sites, guides, overnight accommodation in Bologna/Modena and Rome, and most entrance fees.

Instructor

Professor Teresa Lobalsamo received her PhD in Italian Studies from the University of Toronto. She is honoured to be the recipient of UTM’s Teaching Excellence Award for Junior Faculty (2017-18). In line with her research foci, she teaches an array of cinema, culture, and experiential learning courses, such as Cucina Italiana, Mafia Movies, and Italian Theatre. Professor Lobalsamo believes that a meaningful university experience provides students with the opportunity to be productive inside and outside of the classroom: she integrates collaborative, real-world opportunities into all of her lectures so that students recognize the transferability of their university skills. Many of her courses feature local and international field excursions, allowing students to experience Italian culture firsthand. Recent scholarly activities focus on high impact practices and the benefits of study abroad.