June 4-29, 2012
Economics, Interior Design & Psychology in Florence, Italy
Faculty Program Directors:
Economics 4395 students: We will examine how markets and wealth influence creativity. We will perform a case study of this link in Florence, Italy during the Renaissance. We will continue using the case study method and apply it to the Florence experience to answer questions such as: How do economic incentives influence the choice of which audience artists cater to, and thus which type of art they produce? How is the industry for art organized and how does this organization influence the type of art that is produced. Does a market economy promote or discourage creativity in art?
Economics 2310 students:
The course will examine how markets, institutions, and cultural practices influence commerce and trade. At the end of the course, students will be able to convert currencies, understand spot and forward markets, and understand fixed and flexible exchange rates. Students will understand the benefits of trade, the reasons for economic integration by member countries in the EU. Students will also understand how culture influences economic activity.
ECON 2310 – Global Environment of Business
ECON 4395 – Independent Study
ECON 4395 – Economics of Art
Architectural motifs, interior decorative motifs & furnishings, and historic preservation and their vocabulary will be studied through historical perspectives in the birth place of the Renaissance.
IDSN 3340 – History of Interiors, Architecture/Furniture I
IDSN 3341 – History of Interiors, Architecture/Furniture II
IDSN 3355 – Intro to Historic Preservation
IDSN 4330 – Interior Design Workshop
The heart of this course will be how medieval Tuscan craftsmen contributed to our current understanding of human visual perception. With that in mind, a visit to Italy will afford students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a lifestyle as close to medieval as is possible to experience in the modern world, in Venice, and in Cinque Terre. While northern Italy have contributed more than their fair share to the world of art, vision science also owes a debt to both medieval and modern Italian scientists; indeed, in the case of linear perspective, the boundary between art and science is fuzzy. In Florence, students will see how science has progressed from the middle ages to the present day at the Museum of the History of Science.
PYSC 4383 – Special Topics in Psychology: Medieval & Modern Perspectives
PSYC 4380 – Independent Readings
HONORS COLLEGE CREDIT:
HONC 3310: Honors Seminar
Course option offered on all faculty-led study abroad programs with approval by Honors College. Please contact Patricia Smith, Director of Student Engagement • McAlister 305A (501) 450-5295