ART 491 Topics: Italian Decorative Art and Design (3 hours)
Like magicians with art materials, artists & designers have long used visual tricks to fool the viewer's eye. Solid stone statues appear to breathe air and capture the essence of energetic movement. Flat paintings seem like they open into another dimension or are rendered so realistically that they tempt the senses. For this course students will examine the history, purpose, and application of illusionistic deception in Italian art and design through countless visits to museums, churches, galleries and historic sites. We will investigate, emulate and photograph images as they are displayed in excursion sites. Assignments will consist of creating a research photo-archive, as well as attempting to recreate images using basic art techniques. A digital camera is required (some camera phones will work fine) and students must purchase art materials either prior to departure or upon arrival in Italy. This art course is open to all majors and there are no prerequisites in order to enroll. Taught in Italy by Prof. Ian Hagarty.

ART 496 Topics: Digital Photography (3 hours)
Students will visit places of interest in Florence, Rome and surroundings. They will learn how to use their digital SLR camera and imaging software, preferably Adobe Photoshop, to enhance their photographic images and videos. Students enrolled in this course need to bring a laptop equipped with imaging software (details will be provided at the November 2018 KIIS Student Orientation). Taught in Italy by Prof. Randy Simmons.

ENG 396 Mythology / RELS 399 Topics: Ancient Myth in Context (3 hours)
Myth: Much like modern America, Rome was a melting pot of cultural influences: they had native gods and myths of their own, they adopted Greek gods and mythology more or less wholesale, and they even imported gods and myths from the peoples they conquered. This course will survey many of the gods and myths that filled the ancient Roman mental landscape while introducing students to the history and culture of ancient Rome and Italy. Especially in Florence, it will also show the lasting influence of Greek and Roman mythology on the great works of Renaissance art. Taught in Italy by Dr. Richard King.

GEOG 452 Applied Geoscience Field Experience: Florence and Rome, Then and Now (3 hours)
Etruscan and Roman architects sculpted the face of Italy, starting over 2,000 years ago, and their influences live on in the cultural landscape of Florence and Rome. Every corner holds remnants of the past to be explored. These cosmopolitan centers evolved as sea access gave them resources and ideas from around the world. Visualize the local and global infrastructure impacts through the five themes of geography: movement, place, location, region and human-environment interaction. The lasting imprint of Etruscan and Roman culture will be experienced through the Italian landscape. Taught in Italy by Dr. Jill Brown.

HIST 490 Topics: Day to Day in Ancient Italy (3 hours)
What did the ancients wear? eat? hate? love? How did they spend their days and nights? How did they survive without the car, movies, texting? How did they make their money? What did they think about the good life, death, politics, sex? Why do we care? This course explores the ordinary lives of ancient Romans- and of the Italians, Greeks, Jews, and Christians who lived near them- as we wander their towns and poke our noses into what remains of their homes, temples, stores, streets. Taught in Italy by Dr. Christine Shea.

PSY 299 Topics: Psychology of Aggression in Historic Italy (3 hours)
Italy is a country of rich and storied history. Travel in Rome and Florence will provide unique opportunities for the study of the psychology of human aggression. This class will explore forces driving people to dehumanize others, conform to cultural/societal pressure, and even to self-injure and somaticize. We will examine the psychology behind multiple examples of violence in the Ancient Roman Coliseum, will explore themes of art and aggression (including Caravaggio), and will gain an understanding of psychological factors in the macabre art, lives, and stigmata of Capuchin Monks. Taught in Italy by Dr. Myra Beth Bundy.

Please note: All courses are taught in English. Each student may enroll in one three-credit course. All course credit will be issued by Western Kentucky University. The WKU Registrar will transfer your grades to your home institution approximately 6-8 weeks after the completion of the program. We encourage all students - long before KIIS program departure - to contact their Academic Advisor, Department Head, and/or the Study Abroad Office to determine the credit equivalencies at their home institution (that is, confirm ahead of time with your college or university how your desired KIIS courses will count towards your major and/or overall degree requirements). Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment.

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