This “Maymester” program will take place in Florence, Italy – the historical center of the Renaissance. Florence’s location at the crossroads of many trade routes made it a city of many cultures, and facilitated the exchange of many ideas. In this course, we will examine multiculturalism, currently and historically, with special attention to the variables of individualism and collectivism.
In addition to lectures, we will visit the Uffizi, Accademia, and Il Duomo. We will also take an excursion to Lucca and Viareggio. Lucca was founded by the Etruscans, visited by Julius Caesar, and famous for its Renaissance walls. Viareggio is a seaside resort which was originally the only gate to the sea for the republic of Lucca.
Students will have a free weekend for independent excursions, and some students may choose to remain in Italy after the course is finished to travel on their own.
PSYC 2101 – Introduction to Multicultural Psychology (3 Credits)
Prerequisite: General Psychology
This course covers an introduction to cross-cultural and multicultural issues and the role psychology has played in understanding the experiences of diverse groups. There will be special attention to Italian culture, including evaluation and naturalistic observation of variables such as individualism and collectivism.
This course involves some mandatory prep meetings in April.