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Europe: Reformation Switzerland and Renaissance Italy
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Cross-cultural semester: Fall 2004

Program Description

Two cities: Basel, Switzerland, a center of Reformation activity, and Florence (Firenze), Italy, the birthplace of the Renaissance, will set the stage for this cross-cultural experience. Both cities contributed to radical reformulations of cultural and religious life during the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. These reformulations were expressed in art in the form of music, sculpture, painting, and architecture. Religion and ideology were also radically reformulated with humanism and fresh interpretations of the Bible challenging the ecclesiastical and magisterial authorities of the day. By including recent social/cultural history and women's history interpretations of both movements this cross-cultural journey will go beyond the usual Renaissance and Reformation historical and artistic study of great men. While students will be required to study the music, painting, sculpture, architecture, poetry and religious writings produced by these movements, by including this recent scholarship connections will be made between the great artists and thinkers of the day and the experience of women and commoners. In addition to studying art and history, students will experience modern Italian and Swiss culture, and add to their cross-cultural experience by learning how to travel in Europe.

Estimated Cost: on campus tuition, room and board plus $1,500 travel (cost may be adjusted due to changes in currency exchange rates and air fares)

Semester Leaders: Kimberly Schmidt

Enrollment: maximum 25 students

Course Credits: 15 semester hours

*Course Descriptions

CCUS 202 Cross-Cultural Understanding 3 SH This is not a typical "It's Tuesday so we must be in Belgium" touring class. Numerous exploration assignments to historically and artistically significant sites along with day trips and free time will offer ample traveling opportunities. The focus of the class, however, is on learning the history and culture of the Swiss and Italians in an everyday context. It is anticipated that living in a dormitory setting among students from the host culture will enhance the cross-cultural experience by offering opportunities for sustained conversation, friendship formation, and cultural awareness. Weekly journal assignments, class discussions, and readings will aid cross-cultural exchanges and growth.

CCHUM 312 Renaissance Art & Architecture 3 SH Who were the great artists and architects of the Italian Renaissance? How did women and commoners experience the Renaissance? Tours and lectures analyzing and explaining the masterpieces of the time will add to textbook knowledge. Students will also be exposed to social history approach in this class. Using Peter Burke's The Italian Renaissance: Culture & Society in Italy as a starting point connections will be made between the important thinkers and artists of the day and the commoner's experiences. Students will be required to research one work of art/building in historical context, write a 5-page paper and give a presentation to the group when we see the art/building.

CCSOC 202 Contemporary Culture & Society 3 SH Examinations of contemporary European politics and culture will be the focus of this class. Students will explore the major political and social issues facing Italy and Switzerland today. Tours of contemporary art and theatrical and dance performances will enhance the academic discourse.

CCHST 301 Histories of the Reformation 3 SH Traditional histories of the Reformation have focused on great men. Newer approaches, which include experiences of women and commoners, both enhance and challenge traditional historical studies of the Reformation. Traditional topics will include the Evangelical (Lutheran) Reformation; urban, radical, and Catholic reformations, the German Peasant's War of 1525, humanist influences; and forerunners of the Reformation, such as Jan Hus and Meister Eckhart; and more. EMBS scholars may be asked to lead parts of the course. Students will be expected to research one influential leader and turn in a 5-page biographical paper.

In addition to learning traditional history, students will be exposed to social history and women's history approaches to the Reformation. These more recent developments in the historical field are breathing new life into the study of the Reformation. Social and women's historians analyze the experiences of everyday people and are making connections between their lives and the reformers who change European thought and culture.

CCGER or CCFR 211 German or French Language 3 SH Students will have the opportunity to study French and German with native speakers and will be encouraged to immediately practice on unsuspecting hosts. Students may elect to study either German or French at EMBS with EMBS teachers. Italian language study may also be available in Florence. Students may also opt for an independent study in an area of special interest to them.

*Course descriptions are pending approval from the General Education committee and we will later publish information regarding how these courses will satisfy Gen Ed requirements.