Art + Culture in Italy

Course Syllabus

Fall 2017

Eric Peterson

ARC5734 / ARC6906 : 3 Credits

Meeting time
Mondays and Wednesdays 15:00-16:30 and by appointment (see Schedule)

Catalogue Description

ARC 5734 Culture and Art in Italy (3). Course describes the evolution of culture and aesthetics and their immediate
relationship with the creation of these works. Consists of site visits and class lectures.

ARC 6906 Independent Study (3) Additional readings and project for graduate students.

Course Objectives
ARC5734 / LAA6347 is an introduction to the culture and customs of Italy approached through the lens of the
Italian language. Students can expect to develop an appreciation for Italian cultural practices by coming to
understand the intimate relationship between the Italian language and Italian culture. Through oral and written
language lessons, presentations, examinations, lectures, and field trips students will develop an appreciation for
the language and culture of Italy and gain perspective on Italian cultural practices. By the conclusion of the course,
students will be expected to demonstrate a basic capacity with the Italian language and a basic understanding of
Italian culture.

Attendance Guidelines
The FIU Department of Architecture Study Abroad program in Genoa has no provision for unexcused absences;
attendance and class participation are required at all class meetings (see Course Schedule). Three (3) unexcused
absences will automatically result in a failing grade for the course. Every day that you are late to class, you will
receive half (1/2) an absence. An acceptable excused absence is defined by the student having missed class due to
extraordinary circumstances beyond his or her control and must be accompanied by written documentation. In the
event that you have missed a class, you are responsible for all the material covered.

Course Evaluation
Students will be evaluated in three areas:
Class participation including participation in out of classroom activities 20%
Preliminary Oral and Written Examination (week three) 35%
Final Examination Oral and Written (week fourteen) 45%

A = Excellent in all or most areas of evaluation, good in others
B = Good in most areas of evaluation, adequate in others
C = Adequate in most areas of evaluation, inadequate in others
D = Inadequate in most areas of evaluation
F = Failure or no credit

94-100= A
90-93= A-
87-89= B+
84-86= B
80-83= B-
77-79= C+
74-76= C
70-73= C-
67-69= D+
64-66= D
60-63= D-
0-59= F

Student Work
The School of Architecture reserves the right to retain any and all student work for the purpose of record,
exhibition and instruction. All students are encouraged to photograph and/or copy all work for personal records
prior to submittal to instructor. The furniture prototypes will be donated to Miami Green Lab at the conclusion of
the course.

Students Rights and Responsibilities
It is the student’s responsibility to obtain, become familiar with and abide by all Departmental, College and
University requirements and regulations. These include but are not limited to:
-The Florida International University Catalog Division of Student Affairs Handbook of Rights and
Responsibilities of Students.
-Department Curriculum and Program Sheets
-Department Policies and Regulations
Student with Special Needs:
Students who may need auxiliary aids or services to ensure access to academic program should register with the
Office Disability Services for Students.

Civility Clause
Students are expected to treat one another with a high degree of civility and respect. Students can and should
expect the same from the instructor. If a student fails to act responsibly or disrupts the class or impedes
instruction he or she may be asked to leave the class and will be held responsible for all the information missed
through this absence.

Course Schedule
Schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Please contact appropriate offices for verification
and updates. This calendar does not include Official University holidays. Faculty are encouraged to make
accommodations for students who wish to observe religious holidays. Students should make their request known
at the beginning of the semester in writing.

Course Schedule

Week 1 Intensive Language Program week 1

  Assignment: lessons, practicum, field trip, etc.


Week 3 Intensive Language Program week 2

Assignment: film, reading, speaking, etc.

Week 4 Intensive Language Program week 3

  Assignment: Oral exam, written exam


Week 6 Content

Assignment: 3

Week 7 Content

Assignment: 4

Week 8 Content

Assignment: Exam


Week 10 Content

Assignment: 5

Week 11 Content

Assignment: 6

Week 12 Content

Assignment: 7