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- Locations: Rome, Italy
- Program Terms: Summer
Philosophy in Rome, Italy
The AU Liberal Arts—Philosophy Program in Rome, Italy, offers students an opportunity to complete two upper-level undergraduate philosophy courses over five weeks in a beautiful international setting. The program is collaboration between the AU Office of International Programs, the AU College of Liberal Arts, the AU Department of Philosophy, and the University of Arkansas Rome Center. The center hosts students from several American universities. This partnership proves beneficial, offering participants a chance to meet students from other universities and to help control the cost of the program.
Students will take two philosophy courses, taught by Auburn philosophy professors, for a total of 6 credit hours, all while studying in the University of Arkansas (UARK) Rome Center. The UARK Rome Center, housed in the Palazzo Taverna, is located in the very center of town near Piazza Navona (centro storico). Auburn students will be provided access (via swipe cards) to the Center’s, lecture halls, computer lab, and library. Additionally, the Center’s administrative staff will be providing all necessary assistance to our students. Previous knowledge of Italian language is not necessary and the program offers 16 hours of beginning Italian language instruction (Instructor Barbara Spacinni) to assist students in acclimating to their environment.
All students need to meet the minimum requirement of 2.25 AU institutional GPA.
Formal Program Admission:
All students will purchase their own plane ticket to Rome. Plan to arrive on May 15 and depart on June 15 or later.
Students earn 6 credit hours, taking the following two listed below in an atmosphere rich with Roman culture, history, art and architecture. In addition, students will take an elementary Italian course (non-credit) to enhance their Italian experience.
PHIL 3050 - Aesthetics (3 credit hours):
Rome is famous for its art of various forms, including architecture, fountains, sculpture, painting, and literature. This special version of PHIL 3050 inquires into the philosophical import of these various artistic forms, using the artistic riches of Rome as philosophical data. What do works of art across various artistic forms have in common? What sets them apart? Does each artistic form make its own special contribution? If so, what is that contribution and to what exactly does it contribute? Does it make sense to regard some artistic forms as higher or better than others? We will approach these and related questions via readings, discussions, and field trips to many of Rome’s famous artistic cities, including its monumental ancient architecture, its fountains, its churches, and its museums.
PHIL 3970 Special Topics: Relativism, Pluralism, and Objectivity (3 credit hours):
The old saying “when in Rome do as the Romans do” is, at least to an extent, sage advice. For instance, Romans, at least modern Romans, do not stand in line waiting their turn for gelato. Americans, at least most of us, stand in line at ice cream counters. If you are in Rome and insist on waiting your turn, your turn will never come. (And it is certainly good advice for Romans to stand in line for ice cream when in the U.S.). Romans drink, and tend to start drinking at an earlier age than Americans, but getting drunk on a Friday night is not a Roman pastime; Americans commonly think of weekend partying and getting drunk hand in hand. In general, behaving against the norms of another country while in that country is at best impractical, often rude, and sometimes dangerous. And this raises a more general and more philosophical question. If certain norms apply only while in a culture, how far does this relativism extend? Is one way simply better, perhaps morally better, than the other? This course will take up these questions and many others related to them while focusing both on distinguishing various forms of relativism and objectivity and evaluating the arguments for them.
Program cost is estimated at $5,300. All costs are approximate and subject to change.
Included: Tuition (instruction, use of classrooms and labs), orientation, guided bus tour of city, welcome & farewell dinners, some meals, educational materials, tickets to most major museums and palazzos, student card, cell phone for Italy, internet access, emergency travel/health insurance, housing (two & three bedroom apartments), field trips and excursions inside and outside of Rome (including overnight stay in Florence).
Students suspended or dismissed from the program for disciplinary or academic reasons after the start of the program are not eligible for any refund of fees.
Multiple occupancy rooms in single-sex student apartments with kitchenette, bathroom, and general living area will be provided within individual apartments in Rome for the duration of the program. Accommodation will be provided with four to six students per apartment. All apartments come equipped with 24-hour Internet access and washing machine.
With a 2,500-year history, Rome serves as a living museum containing some of the most significant cultural artifacts of Western civilization. Whether ancient, medieval, baroque, or the modern era, its art and architecture are unmatched in diversity and richness. This study abroad program is ideal for exploration around the Eternal City and its surroundings, which include numerous ancient ruins, hilltop towns, and historic gardens. The educational and cultural activities include visits to the Pantheon, Roman Forum, Colosseum, Vatican, and the Sistine Chapel. Planned class activities include discussing global politics and migration issues with speakers from NATO, exploring global energy and resource issues with a visit to an Italian Think Tank, examining the mathematics of early Roman construction, and touring the UN Food Programme. Whether observing unique geological structures or experiencing Italian culture, students can learn about the historical importance of this majestic city.
If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check www.travel.state.gov for the nearest local passport office and forms. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as possible. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.
Contact Dr. James Shelley (email@example.com) for additional info on this program