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Housing Meeting for ALL students taking courses in Florence in 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 5:30-7:00pm

Arts West Room 215

Attendance is MANDATORY


Information sessions will be held:

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 Leacock Building Room 219 5:30pm

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 Leacock Building Room 219 5:30pm

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 Leacock Building Room 219 5:30pm

Florence 2014

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures - Italian Studies offers 3 and 6 credit courses given in Florence, Italy, during the months of May, June, and July 2014.

The deadline for applying to the program is March 28, 2014, or until all spaces are filled. Those interested in the program must print and fill BOTH (2) pages of the Florence Registration Form. The Florence FAQs are a must read. They contain all the information rergarding the program, its costs, registration procedures, payments, accomodations, etc.

For further information contact Vanna Fonsato or Enrica Quaroni by florence [dot] italian [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email).

Students will have the opportunity to register for the following summer school courses:

May Courses (May 05, 2014 – May 30, 2014):

PHIL 242 Introduction to Feminist Theory: Italian Renaissance Feminism: Where Are We Now? (3 credits)
Taught in English
This course will explore the question of the nature and political status of women, from the perspectives of the Italian Renaissance pro-woman movement, and of contemporary feminist theory.  We will pursue two themes:  beauty (as a sign of virtue or the enemy of virtue) and liberty (both of movement and of sexuality). From this perspective, we will also consider the following questions: Do women have a particular nature, different from that of men?  Should women assume the same social and political roles that men do?  Do we think that men and women are equal in all respects?  In addition to Florence, site visits to Venice and Siena are planned. For specific course content, please consult marguerite [dot] deslauriers [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Prof. M. Deslauriers), Department of Philosophy.

ITAL 309 Perspectives on Italy: Florence and the Shaping of the Modern Imagination (3 credits)
Taught in English.
The course will highlight and investigate significant art, architecture, landscapes, and urban forms in the history of Florence as well as explore the critical role these spatial manifestations have played in the formulation of creative strategies of Modernity - roughly the period between the mid-18th century and the second half of the 20th century. Field trips to relevant sites related to the theme of the course, i.e. Rome, Siena, Lucca, Certosa d'Ema, San Gimignano, Volterra, Bagno Vignoni, Fiesole, San Galgano Abbey, and an overnight trip to Bologna are planned. For specific details on course content, please consult the course website provided by ricardo [dot] castro [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Prof R. Castro,) School of Architecture.

POLI 339 Comparative Developed: Topic 1Media Regulation in the Age of the Internet (3 credits)
Taught in English
This course examines a range of public policy issues emerging in both Europe and North America as a result of the Internet's impact on television and other media forms such as content regulation, foreign ownership restriction and media concentration. Site visits to Rome and other cities are planned. For specific course content, please consult RICHARD [dot] SCHULTZ [at] MCGILL [dot] CA (Prof. R. Schultz), Department of Political Science.

JUNE COURSES (June 2, 2014 – June 27, 2014):

ITAL 307 Topics in Italian Culture: Interpreting Italy: National Identity in the Visual Age (3 credits)
Taught in English
Understanding contemporary Italy is a challenge. The tensions and contradictions that have shaped Italian society have seldom been as apparent as they are today. This course offers a unique opportunity to live in Italy and experience directly the perplexing and exhilarating complexity of the national character. Cultural immersion is the starting point of this course which will examine key cultural and social issues in today’s Italy. In addition to Florence, site visits to Rome, Bologna and Venice are planned. For specific course content, please consult eugenio [dot] bolongaro [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Prof. Bolongaro), Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures – Italian Studies.

POLI 359 International Politics 1: The Art of Exchange (3 credits)
Taught in English
International exchange - trade and monetary flows- typically work through markets. Markets require political underpinnings. Florence and Venice emerged as economic centers in the Renaissance, but managed their international relations quite differently. Their policies are contrasted not only with modern practices, but with those developed by the Dutch in the 1600s. The course will include visits to Florence’s economic and political rivals such as Siena and Pisa as well as an overnight trip to Venice. For specific course content, please consult Prof. mark [dot] brawley [at] mcgill [dot] ca (M. Brawley), Department of Political Science.

ITAL 206 section 2 Beginners’ Italian Intensive (6 credits)

ITAL 216 section 1 Intermediate Italian Intensive (6 credits)

ITAL 255 section 1 Advanced Reading and Composition (6 credits) 

JULY COURSES (June 30, 2014 - July 25, 2014): 

ITAL 206 section 3 Beginners’ Italian Intensive (6 credits) 

ITAL 216 section 2 Intermediate Italian Intensive (6 credits)

ITAL 255 section 2 Advanced Reading and Composition (6 credits)

Application Deadline: March 28, 2014

1) Submission of application form to Enrica Quaroni/Vanna Fonsato.
2) Florence Program fee payment (payment method located on registration form)(***Spaces are guaranteed only for students who have paid the deposit).
3) Registration on Minerva for the course in early March 2014.

Consult FAQS for further information.

Partial scholarships may be available. Those interested should complete the Florence Application  [.pdf] form.

Applications should be brought in person or sent by mail to:

Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures – Italian Studies 
McGill University
688 Sherbrooke St. W., Room 432
Montreal, Quebec  H3A 3R1
Fax: 514-398-1748
florence [dot] italian [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Enrica Quaroni and Vanna Fonsato will serve as liaisons in Florence and be available to help students. For further information, please contact them at florence [dot] italian [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

As well, please go to MINERVA "Class Schedule" for more information on courses and registration.

Please note that the Florence program is generously sponsored by the Dean of Arts Development Fund