The MILE (Mile Intensive Learning Experience) is a program that combines both classroom and experiential learning. Students travel to a different part of the world to experience firsthand the country and culture about which they will have learned from lectures and readings. In MILE 100 Italy we will visit Rome, Assisi, Perugia, Florence, Pisa and Venice. This course will explore the history of Italy: From the rise and fall of Rome, to the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. We will examine the early origins or Rome, the Roman conquest of Italy, and the establishment of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire. We will focus on some of the major Roman statesmen and politicians such as Caesar, Cicero and Augustus. We will then investigate the role of Christianity and the Papacy in the formation of the Italian Middle Ages. We will end the course with the Renaissance in Italy: The rise of the city-state, the birth of humanism, the rise of modern science, the age of discovery, and the innovative and creative movements in art and architecture. We will examine some of the major works and figures of Late Antiquity, the Middle Ages and Renaissance such as Augustine, St. Francis of Assisi, Aquinas, Dante, Machiavelli, Galileo, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Columbus.
Note: Written permission from the general education co-ordinator and payment of additional fees are required to enrol in this study abroad course.