Open to Juniors and Seniors, Graduate Students
This winter session program is designed to broaden participants'
knowledge of social issues, policies and social welfare approaches
in the Italian context with an emphasis on migration. The backdrop
for the course is its iconic and historic location in the cities of
Rome and Florence, considered the most beautiful in Italy because
of their magnificent architectural achievements and rich culture.
The course will also include a side to trip to Venice, the
romantic, unique and beautiful city that is one of Italy's most
popular tourist attractions.
In this course, students will gain first-hand knowledge of the
development of Italy’s evolution as a key immigrant receiving
country and multicultural society and the expansion of social
welfare institutions in Italy as a result of economic development
since World War II. Through site visits to various NGOs and social
programs, lectures, discussions and exchanges with academics,
students and human service professionals, students will analyze
policies and approaches to delimit social exclusion and to promote
immigrant integration that have developed in Italy. Students will
examine various aspects of the Italian social welfare system and
programs and policies that address health, gender violence,
children and youth, and income support from a comparative
perspective. These issues and the Italian response to them will be
examined through globalization and human rights frameworks. In
addition to the examination of social welfare, the rich history and
culture of Italy will be woven into the course. The vast
archaeological, cultural and literary heritage will be explored and
students will have opportunities to view the world famous works of
the many legendary Italian artists.
Hotel/hostel accommodations will be arranged for students while
staying in Rome and Florence. Students will share double rooms with
the same gender. Costs for the hotels are included in the program
January 7-14 Rome Visit to the National Museum of
Italian Emigration and group discussion, film screening and
discussion on migration; visits to Save the Children; presentation
on unaccompanied minors to Italy; visit to Joel Nafuma Refugee
Center; visit to La Sapienza University at Rome; one day at the
Vatican; one day in Ancient Rome Sites such as the Coliseum, Roman
Forum, Parthenon and popular sites such as the Trevi
Fountain, Trastevere and Piazza Navona, with more in the works.
January 15-16 Florence Tour/lectures from faculty at
University of Florence, cultural visits to Uffizi Gallery, Santa
Croce, Il Duomo.
January 17-18 Venice Sightseeing at Piazza San
Marco, Doge’s Palace, Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge, Galleria
dell’ Academia, Venetian Lagoons; group discussions.
January 19-21 Florence Visits to NGOs Projetto
Arcobaleno, Artemisia and Innocenti Center; cultural visits to
Medici Chapel, Ponte Vecchio, and Boboli Gardens; lecture from
faculty at University of Florence.
January 22 Depart from Rome to Buffalo.