Course Offerings | Kent State University

Course offerings are subject to change and may vary each summer.  The following classes are open to all students.  Most classes have no prerequisites, but check the catalog or talk with an advisor for details.  Be sure  to meet with your academic advisor to discuss which courses are best fit with the requirements for your major.


Aeronautics & engineering

AERN 45130 Physiology and Human Factors of Flight

Course Name: AERN 45130 Physiology and Human Factors of Flight

Description: This course provides a study of the interaction of the human body with flight and those human factors that affect flight operations. 

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites:  None

AERN 45153 Aviation Safety Theory

Course Name: AERN 45153 Aviation Safety Theory

Description: This course provides an introduction to safety theories, models, and systems. This will include discussion about specific accidents and applications of those theories and models to real life situations.  

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites:  None


ARCHITECTURE & ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN

ARCH 46995/56995 Designing for Building Security and anti-Terrorism in the 21st Century

Course Name: ARCH 46995/56995 Designing for Building Security and Anti-Terrorism in the 21st Century

Description: Building security is a complex and emerging issue. Increased concern regarding terrorist attacks, data breaches, and active shooters is drastically shaping how we plan and design buildings. Participants in this course will explore contemporary trends in secure building design through a nuanced understanding of security as it pertains to historical precedents, free societies, and current architectural trends. The course begins with an in-depth study of how safety and security have shaped the city of Florence, from its Roman military roots through the height of its world influence. Upon completion of this course, students will be familiar with the newest security and anti-terrorism standards including those issued by the DoD and FEMA. An optional weeklong trip to Berlin will explore how progressive European cities are responding to contemporary security threats. This course is interdisciplinary and does not require previous building design experience.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites:  None


Arts

ARTH 42095 The Golden Age of Italian Art

Course Name: ARTH 42095 The Golden Age of Italian Art

Description: This course investigates the extraordinary art of Italy from Giotto to Bernini – from early Tuscan Renaissance to the Roman Baroque, with emphasis on examining painting, sculpture, architecture, and urban design within cultural and historical contexts.  Will include guided trips to see many artworks and monuments throughout Florence to view them in their original intended locations.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

MUS 22111 Understanding Music

Course Name:  MUS 22111 Understanding Music

Description:  This section of Understanding Music will survey the history of Western music using Florence as the backdrop.  It will connect music with the history of Florence allowing students to gain an understanding of music through live concerts, visits to museums, and by studying the numerous links between Florence's art, architecture, and music.  Students have the opportunity to attend concerts from a variety of periods including a full-length opera.  Understanding Music is a Kent Core-Fine Arts course.

Instructor:  Dr. Sebastian Birch

 

Credit Hours: 3

 

Prerequisites:  None

 


Business & Marketing

BUS 30187 International Business Experience: Switzerland

Course Name: BUS 30187 International Business Experience: Switzerland

Description: The course provides students an opportunity to learn about international business firsthand by meeting officials/managers from select United Nations agencies, non-government organizations and commercial enterprises.   It will introduce students to how nations cooperate to develop rules and policies to guide and govern world commerce.  To do so, a number of topics are discussed including: making markets accessible, promoting fair competition, protecting intellectual property rights, ensuring worker welfare, and managing for-profit enterprises across multiple national borders.  Special attention will be given to the application of these principles in developing and emerging markets.  The course is built around a “live case” where students will be required to apply concepts learned in class to solve a business/policy problem facing a multinational enterprise/UN agency program.

Note:  Class meetings are arranged in Florence (during the June session) to discuss assigned readings and begin case work.  Field visits and presentation of case recommendations are schedule to be held in Geneva, Switzerland (mandatory) during the week following the end of the Florence Summer Institute.  Transportation to/in Geneva and student housing are prearranged.  Additional fees (estimated $1,000) are assessed when enrolling in this course. 

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: ECON 22060 – Principles of Microeconomics

BUS 30234 International Business

Course Name: BUS 30234 International Business

Description: This course provides an introduction to different environments, theories and practices of international business. This course is designed for all students interested in international business, regardless of their principal academic discipline. Topics covered include globalization; international companies; sustainability; the impact and importance of culture; economic, financial, social, political environments; global strategies and structures; international marketing and entry modes. In order to facilitate these goals, students are expected to prepare, present their views, and actively participate in classroom discussions. The course provides a broad survey of the theoretical and practical aspects of management practice in Europe, introducing you the major financial, economic and socio – economic, physical, socio – cultural political, labor, competitive and distributive forces that characterize business in Europe. The course will help you to develop an increased awareness of the differences between European and North American business practices, and a better grasp of the impact of differences in business practices on the conduct of business internationally. The emphasis in this course is both on understanding and applying one’s knowledge of different management practices, using national cultures as an aid to understanding the evolution of various management practices.
We begin by analyzing the international business environment that connects the phenomenon of globalization with the national and cultural differences that characterize the countries in this economy. Next we will analyze, how to first define a strategy to enter foreign markets, select then a global company structure, and define a global marketing and pricing strategies. We will delve into some strategic and functional issues that characterize the management of organizations in the global marketplace.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: Micro and Macro Economics

Open to all students with prerequisites.

MKTG 45060 International Marketing

Course Name: MKTG 45060  International Marketing

Description: The course provides a comprehensive overview of international marketing issues characterizing international companies in foreign markets. It will introduce students to the international markets and the principles underlying the development and implementation of marketing strategies across and within foreign countries. Topics include: political, cultural, and legal environmental changes as new competitive challenges for companies involved in international businesses, international marketing strategies (domestic market expansion, multi-domestic marketing, and global marketing), multicultural marketing researches, international segmentation and competitive positioning, and international marketing mix in terms of product, distribution, communication and price decisions. During lessons the students are expected to prepare, present their views, and actively participate in classroom. In order to facilitate their participation, lessons include discussions of cases and the viewing of videos on international marketing experiences. The course is designed to stimulate curiosity about international marketing practices of companies, which seek global market opportunities and to raise the student's consciousness about the importance of an international marketing perspective in the international business management.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: Principles of Marketing or Fundamentals of Marketing Technology or Consumer Behavior

Open to all students with prerequisites.


Communications

COMM 35852 Intercultural Communication

Course Name: COMM 35852 Intercultural Communication

Description: In the contemporary world characterized by globalization of goods, people and ideas, and by growing processes of internal diversification, intercultural competences are necessary requirements for every individual both for personal and professional life. Intercultural Communication deals with the relevance of difference (not only among cultures but also within a culture) that is approached both as a threat and as a resource. In our everyday experience the continuous reference to the ‘other’ (ethical, religious, political, gendered etc) is used to build up the very sense of our identities and in so doing dividing the world among ‘us’ and ‘them’, ‘bad’ and ‘good’, ‘friends’ and ‘enemies’. Diversity compels us to reflect upon our values, and the taken-for-grantedness of the social world in which we live. This course will move from the social constructivist approach trying to combine together sociology, cultural anthropology, and media studies investigating the role that diversity plays in our every-day life and the importance to acquire an intercultural communication approach in order to be more effective in our processes of communication, to solve conflicts and to better understand the interactions among individuals, institutions and cultures. Theories, concepts and problems will be presented through lectures and audiovisual materials. Interaction is strongly required and will be stimulated. Students will be invited to take part in the classes commenting on the topics presented, offering opinions, surveying and practicing ‘problem solving’.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

Open to all students.

COMM 45091 The Genius of Florence

Course Name: COMM 45091 The Genius of Florence

Description: Students spend a semester in Florence, but they spend so much time traveling that it’s not unusual for them to finish the semester with little understanding of Florence itself or what defines the city and its people. This course is designed to give students a brief introduction to the genius and uniqueness of Florence. Course meetings will take place mostly at relevant locations, such as churches, streets, and museums, rather than in the classroom, as the purpose of the course is to begin to familiarize the students with the city and to train their eyes to notice and comprehend what is around them. 

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

Open to all students.

CCI 40095 Italian Cinema

Course Name: CCI 40095 Italian Cinema

Description: The course introduces the student to the world of Italian Cinema. In the first part the class will be analyzing Neorealism, a cinematic phenomenon that deeply influenced the ideological and aesthetic rules of film art. In the second part we will concentrate on the films that mark the decline of Neorealism and the talent of ‘new’ auteurs such as Fellini and Antonioni. The last part of the course will be devoted to the cinema from 1970s to the present in order to pay attention to the latest developments of the Italian industry. The course is a general analysis of post-war cinema and a parallel social history of this period using films as ‘decoded historical evidence’. Together with masterpieces such as Open City the screenings will include films of the Italian directors of  the ‘cinema d’autore’ such as Life is Beautiful and the 2004 candidate for the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, I Am Not Scared. The class will also analyze the different aspects of filmmaking both in Italian and the U.S. industry where I had the pleasure to work for many years in the editing department on films such as Dead Poets Society and The Godfather: Part III. The films in DVD format are dubbed in English or sub-titled.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

Open to all students.


EHHS: SCHOOL OF FOUNDATIONS, LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION

RPTM 26060 Introduction to Global Tourism

Course Name: Introduction to Global Tourism

Description:  Introduction to travel and tourism around the world, including tourism technologies, cultural and natural environments as attractions, benefits of travel ethics and sustainable development.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisite: None-Open to all students

Course Attributes: Diversity Global


English

ENG 39995 Special Topics in Cultural Studies / WMST 40195 Special Topics in Women's Studies III: Adoption and Adaptation: Florence Feminism and English Literature in Film

Course Name: ENG 39995 Special Topics in Cultural Studies / WMST 40195 Special Topics in Women's Studies III:  Adoption and Adaptation:  Florence Feminism and English Literature in Film

Description: Florence has long been a haven for British and American feminist discourse and debate over questions ranging from gender roles to sexuality, from anti-feminism and anti-anti-feminism to male-centricity and womansim. This course will explore the feminist debate through stories, plays, novels, autobiographies and films—some composed by women and others composed by men, all composed in English by British, American, or Italian artists. The course will cover movements and genres from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the 18th - 21st centuries.

For more information on this course, please visit Dr. Robinson's course website: http://cyberghostprofessor.org/florence/  

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites:  None

ENG 41292 TEFL Practicum

Course Name: ENG 41292 TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Practicum

Description: The practicum exposes students to hands-on training through classroom observations, assisting, and teaching your own classes. Students will observe and assist English teachers at either an elementary school, middle school, or high school in Florence. Students will also observe and assist in English classes at the university level. The practicum can be customized to meet your educational goals. For instance, if you are more interested in a TEFL career teaching children, we will build your practicum schedule accordingly.

Credit Hours: 6 (Two required three credit hour courses)


Fashion

FDM 35901 Italian Fashion and Culture

Course Name: FDM 35901 Italian Fashion and Culture

Description: We will examine the evolution of the fashion industry in Italy and the long tradition of art, craftsmanship, style and design that led to the success of the post-war era. Study of the history, creators, design and production processes with emphasis on the role of Florence and Florentine designers. The class will conclude with a consideration of contemporary issues in the Italian fashion industry. The lectures are supplemented by site visits and field trips to museums, artisans and factories.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites:  

FDM 45592 Italian Study Tour

Course Name: FDM 45592 Italian Study Tour

Description: The course aims to explore and develop a critical awareness on fashion trends in Italy. It focuses on the major centers of Italian fashion business showing and analyzing where the trends are displayed, who are the trendsetters, and how the trends are spread eventually becoming a reality. On-site visits to major Italian fashion centers are a vital component of the course. Places to be explored include: design and fashion houses, small and medium fashion firms, showrooms, fashion archives, ateliers, workshops, private and public museums and collections, art galleries, retail stores, buying offices, and other areas of the fashion industry and Italian art and culture. Visits to art exhibitions will provide a broad idea of the social changes occurring and how artists reflects or anticipate these trends that will then influence fashion. In class introductory lectures give students the tools to face on site visits with a critical approach, follow up meetings based on critical discussions, debates, oral and written reports, presentations allow to share the knowledge. Through seminars professional guest speakers will deepen specific topics of interest.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites:  


History

HIST 49195/59195/79195 Fascism and the Politics of Extremism

Course Name: HIST 49195/59195/79195 Fascism and the Politics of Extremism 

Description: This course examines the theories and practices of fascist movements and regimes in Europe.  In order to understand this pivotal episode in the history of the twentieth century, we will examine fascism from a variety of perspectives.  While we will attempt to cover the most important European countries that experienced fascism – and take advantage of local and regional sites of fascism history – the course is organized thematically instead of geographically.  We will seek to uncover the political, cultural and social dimensions of fascism by considering a broad range of questions, such as: the definitions and origins of fascism; the social roots of fascist movements; issues of resistance and accommodation; attitudes toward gender and class; fascism as imperialism and racism; fascism and the Holocaust; and the religious dimensions of fascism.  Class-room discussion and analysis will be interwoven with experiential learning via walking tours in Florence that highlight sites of fascist (and anti-fascist) history and memory.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

HIST 38195 Italian Mafia

Course Name: HIST 38195 Italian Mafia

Description: This course analyzes the infamous criminal organizations of Italy from their origins to their evolution as an intrinsic part of Italian, and global, history. The relationship between Mafia and politics, its internal rules and codes, its business activities, and its deep connection to the society and the culture of Sicily and the Italian South are some of the important aspects that are examined in depth. Through current literature and media the international reach of the Italian Mafia and its effect on the collective imagination will be examined. The relationship and differences between the Italian and the American Mafia will also be an important component of the course.  In the historical introduction, the origins of the Sicilian Mafia will be explained in the context of the Italian Unification, as well as the development of the Mafia from its agrarian origins to its infiltration into the political realm of the Italian State. The rebirth and transformation of the Mafia after its suppression during World War II is an important historical turning point, one which ultimately led to the institutionalization of the fight against the Mafia, which will also be analyzed from both a political and cultural perspective. Contemporary Mafia activity and its expansion by Italian Mafia organizations, such as the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta and the Neapolitan Camorra, will be studied after the presentation of the Mafia’s history.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

CLAS 21405 The Roman Achievement

Course Name:  CLAS 21405 The Roman Achievement

Description: This course is an introduction to the history and culture of the Roman world, from the origins of Rome through its ascent to domination of the Mediterranean world, the troubled changes from Republic to Empire, and the flourishing of the city and its provinces during the Imperial period until its crisis and consequent fall during the 4th-5th centuries AD. Political and military organizations, religious beliefs towards life and death, social identity, entertainment, private life, familial relationships, sexuality and the changes of these assets and values throughout time are examined in this course by means of the most recent archaeological and historical approaches and debates. As we search together to unravel the historical, cultural and social significance of the Roman achievement, primary sources in translation will be used to provide a fresh look of how some political events were perceived, how Roman urban life and its agents were captured by the satirical descriptions of Juvenal and Martial,  and how such a catastrophic event such as the eruption of the Vesuvius affected writers such as Pliny and Seneca.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

Kent Core

Open to all students.

MCLS/HIST 49195/59195/79195 The Florentine Renaissance

Course Name: MCLS/HIST HIST 49195/59195/79195 The Florentine Renaissance

Description: The aim of this course is to study key thinkers of the Renaissance. They encompass neoplatonic philosophers such as Pico; political theorists, such as Machiavelli; religious reformers such as Savonarola; tracts about language and rhetoric by Valla; Columbus' letters from the "New World" he discovered; poets such as Ariosto, who, in the aftermath of the Fall of Constantinople and the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, wrote plays about the immanent crisis of the values and achievements of their culture. The weave of intellectual history, engagement with texts, and exposure to the wonders of Rome, Florence, and Ferrara will show the Florentine Renaissance as the time of a genuine revolution in the ways of thinking about oneself, politics, and the deepest questions of life.
 

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites:  None


Italian

ITAL 15201 Elementary Italian I

Course Name: ITAL 15201 Elementary Italian I

Description: An introduction to the Italian language in the context of Italian culture.

Credit Hours: 4

Prerequisites: None

Open to all students.


Sciences

ANTH 38095 FACES: Human Head Anatomy with a Forensic Art Focus

Course Name: ANTH 38095 FACES:  Human Head Anatomy with a Forensic Art Focus

Description: The course begins by studying the art and architecture of Pollaiuolo, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Bandinelli, and others in Florence.  In the classroom, students will study read human skills, and learn the form and function of the muscles of facial expression.  In the last part of the course, students will learn the techniques of two-dimensional forensic facial reconstruction.  Using knowledge of head anatomy, and tissue depth data from the literature, each students will prepare detailed facial approximation sketches, based on skull photographs.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites:  None

BSCI 40195 Brain Health and Disease: Mediterranean vs. Western Lifestyle

Course Name: BSCI 40195 Brain Health and Disease: Mediterranean vs. Western Lifestyle 

Description: The objectives for the course are to provide a broad understanding of how cross-cultural differences between Mediterranean-style living and US-Western style living impact brain function and general health.  Focus will be placed on how differences in diet, exercise, and social aspects including stress between these two lifestyles impact physiological mechanisms involved in preserving brain functions such as cognition.  Importantly, however, given the tight relationship between general physiology and brain function, focus will extend to other aspects beyond the brain, including endocrine and cardiovascular health etc.  Lectures will encompass both science as well as the sociological/geographical context framing that has led to these differences and will involve field-based tasks to identify and evaluate such differences.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

BSCI Ecology and Natural History of Mediterranean Ecosystems

Course Name: BSCI Ecology and Natural History of Mediterranean Ecosystems

Description:  The Mediterranean Biome has unique plant and animal life that thrives in the dry summers and moderate winters. In this course, plants and animals and the ecology of the Mediterranean biome will be explored. We will study the processes that govern natural Mediterranean ecosystems, and then explore how human activities are impacting those processes. The course will be based in understanding the factors that shape-up the biological diversity and how biotic interactions affect ecological processes.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: None


Social Sciences

CRIM From the Magna Carta to the Beheading of Kings: The Origins of Modern

Course Name: CRIM From the Magna Carta to the Beheading of Kings: The Origins of Modern Criminology

Description: In this class we explore what crime “is”; a crime against society or a punishment for individuals mis-behavior.  From the readings of Aristotle and Socrates, to the debate between Locke and Hobbes, the polemics of these philosophers leads us to the modern thoughts on criminology, that is, the classical and positivist schools. We will explore the impact of the Magna Carta on human rights, that culminated in the beheading of Charles I in 1649 by the parliamentary forces of Oliver Cromwell’s men for the kings high treason against England. Emerging from Charles I’s execution, the classical school of Bentham and Beccaria engages in a polemic discussion against the positivist school of Garofolo, Lombroso, Ferri, &  Goring. We will also explore the Sociological Aspect of crime developed by Tarde, Durkeim, and Bonger as well as the psychiatric aspects of crime developed by Aschaffenburg, Ray, and Maudsley.

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites: None

PSYC Emotions, Culture & Health

Course Name: PSYC Emotions, Culture & Health

Description: In this class, we will investigate the science of emotions and health as well as the broader role that emotions play in society. In particular, we will participate in a century-old debate as to the underlying nature of emotion: biological vs. cultural.  We will investigate the evidence outside of the classroom by observing people in the world as well as representations of emotion in culture, visiting museums and well-known tourist destinations. Our primary goal: to resolve this debate based on evidence accumulated throughout the course during readings, in-class discussion, and outside class observation.

 

Credit Hours: 3

Prerequisites:  None