1 Jeanette Ben Farhat Santa Rosa Junior College Jeanette received her Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from San Francisco State University and her Master s Degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She has taught U.S. Government and International Relations at SRJC since Her particular areas of interest are the politics of food, conflict resolution, and political developments in the Middle East and Italy. She devoted her 2015 sabbatical leave to exploring the impact of climate change on food security and conducted much of her research in Spain and Italy. She is also a member of the Institute for Environmental Education committee at SRJC and is working to promote environmental studies on campus. Travel has been an important part of Jeanette's education. She traveled to India with Gandhi's grandson to learn about social and economic programs established by Gandhi; visited farm worker cooperatives in Northern Spain, Cuba, and Peru; and studied Spanish and Italian in Spain and Italy respectively. She has also traveled throughout Europe, North Africa, Mexico, and Canada. She taught in Florence in spring 2011 and is excited to return to explore Italy s rich history as well as current political issues. POLS 1: Introduction to US Politics ; Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 1A. In Florence we will have a unique opportunity to examine the workings of the U.S. government from the vantage point of Europe. We will also compare the features of the U.S. governing system with Italy s political system where appropriate. In this class, we will examine the interplay among the U.S. government s main political institutions and evaluate how this influences the ability of the public to control policy and the country's ability to respond to pressing economic and social problems, especially with respect to food policies. POLS 25: Introduction to International Relations ; Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent How are countries facing the challenges of climate change, mass migrations, and terrorism? In this course we ll explore these and other international issues through lectures, films, role playing exercises, and simulations. We begin the course by defining international relations and looking at some of the analytical tools, concepts, and theories IR scholars use to study the behavior of states in the international system. In the second half of the course, our class will assume the role of the Italian government in an online international negotiation in which you will work with other countries to formulate global solutions to current environmental, human rights, and security issues. There will be two live summits (online) which may take place outside scheduled class time. HIST 4.1: History of Western Civilization to 1648 C.E. ; Recommended Preparation: Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent A survey of Western Civilizations to 1648 C.E. The course begins with the Ancient Near East, and includes the study of ancient Greece, ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. Special attention will be given to Italy during the time of Rome, the Middle Ages, and, of course, the Renaissance. What better place to study the Renaissance than the city that gave birth to this cultural movement!
2 Emily Wilson Los Rios Community College District ART 300: Drawing and Composition I This course introduces observational drawing and composition. Development of the ability to perceive and define shape, contour, volume, space, and value using a variety of drawing media and subject matter is emphasized. It focuses on the clarity of observational skills and the ability to translate threedimensional form and space into two-dimensional drawings. Field trips in Florence will be used to focus on examples of architectural perspective and drawing techniques established by Renaissance artists who used these skills and techniques in their own works. ART 302: Drawing and Composition II Prerequisite: ART 300 with a Grade of "C" or better This course further develops the skills and concepts introduced in ART 300. Relationships between formal elements such as line, shape, color, texture, value, perspective, and spatial relationships are covered. Emphasis is placed on creative use of materials. It also includes critiques of student, historical, and contemporary works of art. Field trips in Florence will be used to focus on examples of the Renaissance to Modern artist s development of personal artistic style. ARTH 300: Introduction to Art This course is a survey of the history and analysis of the visual arts, including drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, and additional media. It offers a foundation for understanding art. Field trips in and around Florence to art galleries, museums, and significant landmarks will be used to show examples of architecture, sculpture, and visual artworks spanning antiquity to contemporary periods. ART 336: Watercolor Painting Description: This course is an introduction to the medium and materials used in watercolor painting. We will focus on the city of Florence and the surrounding area as subject matter to learn basic watercolor techniques. This course will often meet in different locations throughout the city of Florence in order to paint from observation. Students will explore the use of watercolor materials including pigment, brushes and paper. With Florence as a backdrop, students will learn various traditional techniques including washes, painting on dry and wet surfaces, color mixing, creating texture and layering. Composition will be taught with respect to color, pattern, light, space and style. Field trips may include the Boboli gardens, the Palazzo Del Bargello and the Galleria dell Accademia. Carolyn Seefer Contra Costa Community College District Professor Carolyn Seefer has been teaching for almost 30 years and has been a full-time business professor at Diablo Valley College since She earned her BBA in Industrial Relations from the University of Georgia in 1984 and her MBA in Financial Management from JFK University in In addition to teaching, she is extremely active on campus, where she serves as Faculty Advisor for Phi Beta Lambda (an international student business organization); is a member of the DVC Scholarship
3 Committee, and serves as her division representative on the Academic Senate. She is also a textbook author, with several published textbooks and teaching materials in the business communications and business English areas. In addition to her love of business, Professor Seefer is passionate about art, history, music, literature, and culture. She plans to integrate all of these areas into her business classes in Florence to ensure that students get a full and rich experience. She is especially excited that business students have been given the opportunity to study abroad in Florence, where they will gain the skills necessary to be strong and effective business leaders in the global marketplace. Professor Seefer taught in Florence during the Spring 2007 semester and is thrilled to have the opportunity to share this life-changing experience with her students once again. BUS 109: Introduction to Business Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 122 or equivalent This course provides an introduction to the study of the modern business enterprise. We will examine the role of business in a market economy, survey current business trends, and evaluate the global, financial, and social environments in which businesses exist and operate. The course will describe the evolution, formation, and management of American and international businesses, and provide a basic understanding of various functional areas of business, including economics, marketing, finance, management, human resources, international operations, and business decision-making using information technology. During our semester in Florence, we will consider how these various functional areas of business are handled in Italy as compared to other countries around the world. Other topics will include business ethics, social responsibility, and the influence of technology on business operations throughout the world. We will take local field trips, including visits with Florence s artisans, who still operate and thrive in the narrow alleyways and streets of Florence. We will use what we learn from these visits to develop a small business plan for a business that could be successful in Italy, as well as a marketing plan for a fund raiser for an Italian nonprofit organization. We will also take part in a stock portfolio project, investing in global stocks, including those of Italian companies. In addition, we will take a day trip to Rome, the largest city in Italy and the home of banking, aerospace, publishing, insurance, and high-tech industries. Special emphasis throughout the course will be given to the Italian Renaissance and its influence on today s business environment, including the roles of the Medici and of Luca Pacioli, the Father of Accounting. BUS 209: International Business Recommended: BUS 109 and eligibility for ENGL 122 or equivalent This course provides an overview of the theories and practices of modern international businesses. We will examine the key functional areas related to global businesses, including international marketing, finance, and management, as well as the political, social, economic, and cultural factors that help shape and influence today s international business environment. During our semester in Florence, we will compare Italy s business climate with those of other countries around the world, including the makeup of Italy s GDP, key Italian industries, Italy s major trading partners, and its methods for managing foreign exchange rates. Other topics will include business ethics, social responsibility, and the economic challenges Italy and other countries face in the 21st century, including international terrorism, an aging population, and a shift to a global information society. We will
4 take field trips to local businesses and banks, and we will speak with local businesspeople about Italian business customs and the effect that global business has had in Italy. In addition, we will take a day trip to Milan, the financial capital of Italy and one of the premier business centers in the world. Special emphasis throughout the course will be given to the Italian Renaissance and its influence on today s business environment, including the important role the Medici family played in the birth and development of banking. BUS 294: Business Law Recommended: BUS 109; Eligibility for ENGL 122 or equivalent This course provides a general overview of the specific areas of the legal environment that affect individuals and businesses. Major emphasis will be placed on contracts; and other subjects studied may include legal history, civil procedure, constitutional law, torts, intellectual property, cyber law, criminal law, international law, labor and employment law, and law agencies. During our semester in Florence, we will compare Italy s legal system with the legal systems of other countries around the world, particularly our legal system in the United States. We will have guest speakers and on-site visits with individuals in the legal field. We will also visit local law firms and law-related buildings, both modern and ancient, including the Tribunal of Florence and the Complesso di San Firenze. Other topics will include the emerging areas of law that present challenges to businesses in Italy and other countries in the 21st century, including environmental law, e-commerce law, and health care law. In addition, we will take a day trip to Rome to discover the roots of ancient Roman law and to discuss its influence on legal systems throughout the world. Jessica Marshall San Mateo County Community College District Jessica Marshall is a professor of Anthropology at Cañada College. She holds a BA in Anthropology, a BA in Photography, and a BA in Journalism from California State University Sacramento, and a MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Kent in England. She has taught for 12 years during which she received the Berndt Museum of Anthropology Foundation Post-graduate award in Australia, and was nominated for the Stanback-Stroud Diversity Award through the Academic Senate. Before teaching, Jessica worked as an archaeologist for 8 years and traveled extensively around the globe. Twenty years ago she was a community college student in the Study Abroad Florence program, the same program she will now be teaching in. ANTH 125: Introduction to Physical Anthropology No student of anthropology can ignore the importance of biological classification to the development of evolutionary thought, and Florence is where biological classification was first conceived. Even before Linnaeus outlined the kingdoms and orders we use today, the herbarium at the Botanical Museum at the University of Florence established the first rules for biological classification in 1563, and it s still open to students! In addition, the History of Science Museum there houses the telescope that Galileo used to reframe the trajectory of modern scientific thought, and we ll have the opportunity to see that telescope. This science course is a broad introduction to physical anthropology, emphasizing the evolution of the human species. Topics include a brief overview of the field of anthropology, scientific method, history of evolutionary theory, genetics and inheritance, basic cell biology, human variation, biology and behavior of
5 living primates, fossil evidence of human evolution, bio-cultural evolution, speciation, climate change, and the impact our species has had on the planet. ANTH 351: Archaeology ; Prerequisite: Eligibility for College Reading & Composition (SRJC s ENGL 1A) This course is an introduction to the field of Archaeology. Students will be introduced to the theories, concepts, and methods employed by archaeologists in the study of the human past. Florence s Archaeology Museum is world class, housing antiquities from every corner of the classical world, and the National Museum of Anthropology & Ethnology is one of the most important anthropology museums in all of Europe. We re also close to Perugia, where some of the finest examples of surviving Etruscan architecture stand. For students who want to travel a bit further, Pompeii and Hurculaneum are worth a visit. ANTH 110: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology This course is an introduction to the various customs, traditions, and forms of social organizations in both western and non-western societies. Multicultural perspectives are examined for such topics including subsistence methods, belief and religious systems, linguistics, arts, kinship systems, marriage and family systems, technology, war, politics, and changes due to internal and external forces. Florence is the ideal place to vest our studies, the birthplace of Humanism. Students will be able to apply the concepts and methods of learning about human culture to their everyday life and Florence s history. Concepts such as culture shock and ethnocentrism will come alive with weekly assignments to immerse students in Florentine culture. What better place to discuss human culture while abroad?