The course will begin in the historic city of Naples, progress to Rome, and conclude in Florence. In addition to visiting sites of historic interest in each of the three cities (Uffizi Gallery, Vatican Museum, and the Roman Coliseum and Forum), the group will also participate in day-long excursions to several Tuscan hill towns, including Siena.
Why study psychology in Italy? Our world is characterized by globalization, with a level of cultural contact unprecedented in human history. Understanding how culture shapes and influences lives and how to behave in cross-cultural, multicultural contexts is rapidly becoming a required set of skill to function in the work place and in the community. The course will examine cultural processes as a defining characteristic of what it is to be human within the context of the academic study of psychology. Students will consider current theories and research on culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and more.
PLEASE NOTE: This program begins on June 1st in Knoxville but the first day in Italy is June 3rd.
While in Italy, the course will be conducted in a classroom lecture/discussion format with a strong emphasis on student interaction and participation, as well as incorporating experiential exercises outside of the classroom. Evaluation will be based on a journal, individual presentation, group project, reflection paper, and participation in experiential exercises during the four-week course. To be eligible for the course, you must have taken Introductory Psychology (110 or 117). Students completing the course will earn 3 hours of credit in Psychology 435: Multicultural PsychologyOR UNHO 491. Students may also opt to take PSYC 435 for Honors credit.
Students will be housed in double or triple occupancy room in hotels in Rome and Naples and in SAI student-shared apartments in Florence for the duration of the program.
Please see budget sheet at top of page.
Andria L. Yates