Art, Politics, and Sexuality
About the Program
Italy, a member of the European Union, sits firmly at the apex of art, politics and sexuality. Here, global culture, politics and social climates merge with Florentine identities in unexpected ways. Florence, most well-known as the birthplace of the Renaissance is also a rich city of food, fine art, and fashion; it will be a powerful European backdrop against which to explore identity. Each individual has lenses through which he/she views the world. These include those we have acquired intentionally and unintentionally. How might living and learning in Italy change perceptions? In what ways do lived experiences come to bear on these personal lenses?
This study abroad program uses these alternative lenses to foster spaces to dig deeply into the interconnected nature of art, gender, politics, and sexuality. Florence, Rome and Tuscany will be the group’s starting points as participants examine the relationship of art as a purveyor of culture, politics through the lens of gender, and the influence of social forces and cultural norms on sexuality.
Interdisciplinary Florence, Summer 2016 Participant:
"I liked how we got to see a lot of the sites in Florence as a class and tie them to what we were studying."
All programs and courses listed are tentative and subject to change, depending on student interest. Students may earn up to 10 credit hours per session and must take at least 7 credit hours per session. Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisor regarding eligibility for courses, pre-reqs, etc. More information regarding courses can be found in the University Bulletin.
UDI 310. MAXIE: Experience (1 Credit; required)
VAE 232: Integrating Visual Culture (3 credits)
An inquiry into visual culture, art, visual culture theories and the manner in which visual culture helps us make meaning of our world. Examine Florence (and Rome), investigate the way our lens informs our acquisition of knowledge—how does being a tourist change the way we ‘see’ others and our world? Using the city of Florence, it’s rich and colorful history and the abundantly stunning art as jumping off places, students in this course will explore visual culture theory and broaden definitions of literacy to include visual literacy while investigating the ways in which the Renaissance has been and continues to be integrated into contemporary visual culture.
CAP Status: Arts and Crossing Boundaries Inquiry
POL 340: Gender, Politics and Rights (3 credits)
An introduction to a way of analyzing and researching global politics that takes gender seriously as an analytic category. The course is particularly concerned with the ways in which gender is implicated in the construction of international relations—how this affects the foreign policies of states and the security and rights of people—and what this means for the actions of other actors in world politics, such as non- governmental organizations (NGOs), international organizations (IOs), and social movements. In familiarizing ourselves with multiple approaches to the study of gender in international politics, we will attempt to better understand just how “gender matters” in many facets of international relations such as war and peace, foreign policy, economics, security, activism, immigration, and human rights. By the end of the course, students should be able to better critique foreign policies and human rights by understanding their gendered formulations, implementations, and consequences.
CAP Status: Crossing Boundaries Integrative; Diversity and Social Justice (pending)
SOC 333: Sociology of Sexualities (3 credits)
Students often think about sexuality (a lot) from an individualistic perspective such as from a psychological or biological approach. This course shifts students' perspectives by examining how social forces and cultural norms influence something that they think of as so intimate and private. This course allows students to develop a greater understanding of sexualities, and places the current political discourse within a framework supported by social science research. It offers students opportunities to question assumptions about sexualities and to develop a critical awareness that applies to their own lives. In this course, we examine the theoretical, ethical, and conceptual issues, empirical research and social policies germane to the sociological study of human sexualities. Topics include: sexual identity and orientation; sexual assault and coercive sexuality; social control of sexuality; social locations (race, class, and gender) and sexuality; and the relationship between sexuality and the socio-political process.
CAP Status: Crossing Boundaries Practical Ethical Action; Diversity and Social Justice
This courses aims to utilize the city as the classroom where students can make sense of their experience through interactive discussion, group activities, and independent journaling. Through reflection, students internalize their study abroad experience and may undergo changes impacting attitudes and actions in their home country and at UD. Graded minicourse required of all student participants.
Dr. Darden Bradshaw, Assistant Professor, Art & Design (Site Coordinator)
Dr. Leslie Picca, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Department Chair of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
Dr. Natalie Hudson, Associate Professor, Political Science and Director of the Human Rights Studies Program
Students must be 18 years of age and eligible to take courses for credit at the University of Dayton. Participants in the program must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. Students in good academic standing with a GPA below 2.5 may petition the Center for International Programs for consideration. Students must also be in good disciplinary standing.
For all University of Dayton summer programs, pre-departure orientations play a critical role in making a study abroad a valuable learning experience. All students accepted to participate in University of Dayton’s summer programs are required to take the pre-departure course, UDI 220: MAXIE - Prepare (Maximizing your International Experience). This course helps students develop intercultural communication and sensitivity skills and techniques that can be used in any context, as well as learn site-specific strategies to be employed in-country. Students will be given time to clarify academic and personal goals prior to departure. UDI 220 is a required class for your education abroad experience. It is divided into two parts: the first part involves meeting as a group during the semester prior to departure (5 class meetings plus 2 sessions on concepts of culture and health and safety abroad); the second part includes meeting upon returning to campus in the semester following the in-country experience (two class meetings).
The schedule for your UDI 220 class is as follows:
Section Number: UDI 220 – MA
Classes begin the week of March 6, 2017 and last until the end of the semester.
Once students have changed their status to “committed” in the application system, they should register for UDI 220 via Porches by searching Spring 2017, Mini-Courses (as the Department), selecting UDI 220, and finding the correct section number.
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Interdisciplinary Florence, Summer 2016 Participant:
"Having studied abroad, I can say with confidence that I have a broader and more open view of the world than someone who has not. Having to adapt to a very new and different environment and lifestyle than what I am used to really took me out of my comfort zone and made me a stronger person. The experience has helped me become less fearful of trying new things and more confident with adapting to different situations."