Technological, political, and economic forces have increased the need for students to have global perspectives and international experiences. Understanding how culture shapes and influences lives and how to effectively interact with others in multicultural contexts is an increasingly important skill necessary in workplaces and beyond. Italy provides a balance of urban and rural, of modern and ancient, and represents a confluence of Europe, Asia and Africa with diverse immigrant populations in Rome and Florence. We’ll move from large cosmopolitan areas to rural settings, each with their own culture. The course will highlight the importance of culture in understanding human behavior and development.
The course will begin in Rome and conclude in Florence, with day trips to Naples and Siena. A two-night excursion to a working agriturismo in the Tuscan countryside will link the major city experiences.
The course will examine how psychological constructs can be used in ethnocentric ways, and to place psychology in a more global perspective. Students will explore the ways in which psychology is socially constructed in the traditional multicultural psychology content areas, but examined through the variety of ancient and modern lenses provided in Italy, including religion, art, occupation, food, migration, and architecture. The course will be conducted in a seminar format with a strong emphasis on student interaction and participation, incorporating experiential exercises outside of the classroom.
To be eligible for the course, students should have completed Introductory Psychology (110 or 117). Completing the course will provide 3 hours of credit in Psychology 435: Multicultural Psychology with the potential for Honors credit.
Students will be lodged in modern hotels, sharing double and triple rooms. Public transportation will be easily accessible as well as safe walking routes provided to support independent exploration.
Many excursions and activities will be integrated into the academic program, including:
Guided tours and interviews with artisans, organizations serving immigrants, chefs and organic farmers
Visits to museums, world renowned churches, ancient architecture, and artisan studios
Many food experiences including cooking lessons, gelato making, visits to international markets and a cooperative dinner under the stars at a working agriturismo
Dr. Andria Yates
Lecturer, Department of Psychology
Austin Peay Building
1404 Circle Drive
Phone Number: (865) 974-3432