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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. 

Most classes take place Monday to Thursday. A detailed schedule will be available at the time of admission.  

For a summary of program and field trip costs, visit the Costs section.

Courses

ANT396Y0 Italian Regional Foodways and Culture

ANT396Y0 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 may also offer a select number of spaces for Community Engaged Learning. This exciting volunteer opportunity to work with a food program for homeless in Toronto will be completed before departure for Italy. 

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. 

2022 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 $1,335 paid to UofT for return bus transportation to all sites, hotel accommodation in Matera and Bari, guides and most entrance fees.

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 2022. 

CRI389Y0 Current Issues in International Criminology

CRI389Y0 Current Issues in International Criminology 

This course is designed to introduce students to current issues in international criminology. Students will be exposed to recent research and policy debates that are relevant in both Europe and North America. The course will explore the following topics: 1) Cross-national crime trends and patterns; 2) The mafia and the growth of international organized crime; 3) Immigration and crime; 4) Youth radicalization, street gangs and “homegrown” terrorism; 5) Human trafficking and the refugee crisis; 6) Drug prohibition; 7) Hate crime and Right Wing nationalism; 8) Corporate crime within the global economy; 9) Violence against women in the global context; and 10) International trends in crime prevention and punishment. The teaching format will consist of lectures, seminar discussions, films, student presentations, debates and field trips.  

Prerequisite = None.
BR  = 3
2022 Course Outline

Field Trips

This course includes visits to a local police station, day trips to Volterra and Florence, three day trip to Rome and a local wine tour. The cost of these trips is CAD $1,200 paid to UofT for return bus transportation to all sites, hotel accommodation in Rome, guides and most entrance fees.

Instructor

Dr. Scot Wortley is one of Canada’s leading criminologists.  He has been a Professor at the Centre of Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, University of Toronto since 1996.  His academic career began in 1993 as a researcher with the Commission on Systemic Racism in the Ontario Criminal Justice System.  Over the past twenty-five years Professor Wortley has conducted numerous studies on various issues including youth violence and victimization, street gangs, drug trafficking and substance use, crime and violence within the Caribbean, public perceptions of the police and criminal courts, police in schools, police use of force, and racial bias within the Canadian criminal justice system.  In 2007, he was appointed by Metropolis to the position of National Priority Leader for research on Immigration, Justice, Policing and Security.  Professor Wortley has also served as Research Director for several government commissions including the Ontario Government’s Roots of Youth Violence Inquiry. In 2017 Professor Wortley worked with Ontario’s Anti-Racism Directorate to develop standards and guidelines for the collection and dissemination of race-based data within the public sector.  Professor Wortley is currently leading three major investigations into possible racial bias within policing for the Nova Scotia, Ontario, and British Columbia Human Rights Commissions.  He is also leading an inquiries into bias within the Toronto Transit Commission’s enforcement unit.  Professor Wortley has published in a wide variety of academic journals and edited volumes and has produced numerous report for all levels of government.  He has presented his work at conferences and workshops across the globe.  In 2015, Professor Wortley taught the first criminology course ever delivered as part of the Siena Summer Abroad program. 

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 centers 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 1700, examining the output of major protagonists, including Giotto, Simone Martini, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, Caravaggio and Bernini, among others. Through activities such as close looking, on-site visits, and class discussion this course will provide students with a renewed understanding of notions of style, scale, 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
2022 Course Outline

Field Trips

Site visits will be made to places such as  Pienza, Florence, Rome, Padua and Venice. Through these  excursio ns students will gain a solid understanding of artworks and their reception in situ, illuminating the artistic challenges that early modern masters faced in making art for various publics. Site visits to museums and historical sites will be made to cities such as Pienza, Florence, Rome, Mantua, and Padua. The cost of these trips is CAD $1,750 paid to UofT for return bus transportation to all sites, hotel accommodation in Florence, Rome and Venice, guides 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 . Periti's  forthcoming book revolves around questions of liminality and artistic geography in the art of Correggio.  Periti’s  teaching ranges from matters of art and fashion to questions of consumerism and rivalry in the visual culture of the pre-modern world.  

ITA358/359Y0 Modern Italian Culture

ITA358/359Y0 Modern Italian Culture

Analysis of selected philosophical, artistic, musical and literary works which range from the Middle Ages to the present. The main topics of discussion include the Renaissance, Baroque, Romanticism, Italian Unification, Theatre, Opera, Futurism, Fascism, Neorealism, Regionalism and Industrial Growth. Field trips and screening of films are included. The course is taught in English and is open to students from other disciplines. Students who wish to obtain credit in ITA359Y0 (instead of ITA358Y0) will be required to do course readings in Italian. 

Breadth Requirement: 1+3
Exclusion: ITA245Y/247H/248Y
2022 Course Outline

Field Trips

This course includes excursions to Assisi (Perugina Chocolate Factory), Pienza/Montalcino (Sant'Antimo Abbey), San Gimignano.Monteriggioni, an overnight visit to Rome and a three day trip to Padua and Venice. The cost of these trips is CAD $1,250 paid to UofT for return bus transportation to all sites, hotel accommodation in Rome and Venice, guides 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.

 

PSY306Y0 Disability: Culture and Inclusion

PSY306Y0 Special Topics in Psychology Abroad - Disability: Culture and Inclusion

An interdisciplinary seminar on the life-long development of individuals with exceptionalities.  Topics include controversial social and educational issues (e.g., inclusion vs. segregation), legal, family, and economic issues, disability across the lifespan, communication disorders, hearing and visual impairment, Autism, and acquired brain injury. Special emphasis will be placed on the social and historical factors that play a determining role as to whether impairment leads to the psychological experience of disability. 

Prerequisites: Enrollment in any Psychology or Social Science Major or Specialist and completion of 8.0 FCE 
Exclusions (unofficial): UTM: PSY345H5, 442Y5 (please discuss with instructor) 
BR = None
2022 Course Outline

Field Trips

We will learn about institutionalization of children by visiting the Instituto Degli Innocenti (Florence) and adults with mental illness at the San Servolo Insane Asylum Museum (Venice). We will learn about the development of medicine and the understanding of the causes of disabilities by visiting the Museum of Pathological Anatomy (Florence) and the Museum of the History of Medicine (Padua) including a visit to an historical anatomical theatre. We will also visit local sites in Siena. These will include a talk and lunch at Orto de 'Pecci  – a restaurant that is part of a larger initiative to find new job opportunities for people with disabilities and promote respectful diversity within the Siena community. The cost of these trips is CAD $980 paid to UofT for return bus transportation to all sites, hotel accommodation in Venice, guides and most entrance fees.

Instructor

Dr. Stuart Kamenetsky is a veteran teacher with the Summer Abroad Program. He taught this course three times in Oxford, once in Siena, and once online with ten international speakers. Professor Kamenetsky served for many years as the Director of the Psychology Undergraduate Program as well as the Chair of the Academic Appeals Subcommittee of Academic Affairs at the University of Toronto Mississauga. He recently stepped down from most administrative duties to pursue teaching and research opportunities. He teaches several courses on disability as well as on childhood social development. He carries out research on the perception of disability images, building social capital (http://buildingsocialcapital.org/) and on student mental health and disability accommodation in post-secondary education.  As an advocate for people with disabilities he delivers public talks on social inclusion. He has spent many years supporting people with disabilities in a variety of social service agencies as well as the child welfare system. He is well connected with school boards, provincial residential schools and agencies where his students gain practical experience in the field.