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Course Descriptions for Semester in Rome

Italy and the Western Humanities (HUM 300, 9 credit hours)

This course explores western culture as expressed in the literary, visual, and musical arts in historical and intellectual context from origins in Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman traditions through the 20th century.  Particular emphasis will be placed on the study of ancient Rome, the Renaissance, the development of Christianity in Western Europe, and on the Italian context.  The course will make extensive use of field trips in Rome and across Italy and will take place within an experiential living/learning community.

Course Objectives

In this course you will accomplish the following as you move towards the outcomes described in the next section.

  • Gain a knowledge of Western culture from the Ancient through the contemporary periods, including a sense of the stages of its development, variety, and relations to cultural and historical events
  • Consider the spiritual complexities and consequences of the values shaping Western culture
  • Develop a usable understanding and appreciation of the Western cultural heritage through a study of the basic liberal arts subjects
  • Explore the concepts of worldview; calling, and communal life and thoughtfully engage questions related to these important issues

Student Outcomes

  • Cultivate skills of communication in speaking, writing, and the fine arts, and the ability to evaluate what is communicated
  • Articulate how differing views shaped and transformed the definition of being human, of nature, of the good life, and of the “spirit of the times” from the Ancient through contemporary periods
  • Apply Christian principles to the pursuit of knowledge by engaging and evaluating a wide range of intellectual and artistic works, including those that demonstrate the current broken and fallen nature of God’s creation
  • Apply understandings to your own life and calling with the purpose of understanding and transforming contemporary circumstances


Italy’s Timeless Cities and Their People (SOC 202, 3 credit hours)

Through inductive study, this course introduces Semester in Rome participants to the fundamental elements of sociology.  Employing the vibrant cities of Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Venice, and Siena as observational laboratories allows students to apply methods of sociological investigation as they reside in Rome and encounter the other cities during field trips.  The primary purposes of this course are to introduce students to a way of seeing the world through social spectacles that comports with God’s creational intentions and to help participants better understand Italian culture.


Italian Language & Culture (FLC 101, 3 credit hours)

Through inductive study, this course introduces Semester in Rome participants to the fundamental elements of sociology.  Employing the vibrant cities of Rome, Florence, and Venice as observational laboratories allows students to apply methods of sociological investigation as they reside in Rome and encounter the other cities during field trips.  The primary purposes of this course are to introduce students to a way of seeing the world through social spectacles that comports with God’s creational intentions and to help participants better understand Italian culture.


Book Discussion (HMN 491, 1 credit hour)

The discussion of Cultural Perspectives is designed to challenge students’ perception and understanding of the culture that they grew up in and the culture they now find themselves in while in Rome from a biblical standpoint.  The discussion will prepare students to consider their role in shaping and transforming the culture around them as they experience various aspects of culture including, but not limited to: culture shock, politics, religion, food, and the differences between American and European social behaviors and practices.


 

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Since 1923, Geneva College has been accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Theology professor and author Dr. Vincent Bacote to visit Geneva
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