This is a special, low-cost program for EMU students, and the Fenz Scholarship is available for students with financial need. This program is a module of the Mediterranean Cultural History Program. Students travel with the Mediterranean Cultural History Program professors of art and history and their students as well as the professor of the film and Italian culture program in a unique interdisciplinary learning environment.
The focus of this program is the relationship between motion pictures and Italian culture. By studying films made by Italian directors as well as films about Italy made by American and English directors, we gain an understanding of how movies distort, simplify and romanticize the presentation of people, places and cultures. During our experience in Rome, we’ll see the real Italy and measure it against the movie versions. Some of the films we’ll view and discuss are La Dolce Vita, L’Avventura, The Bicycle Thieves, Malena, Three Coins in a Fountain, The Seven Hills of Rome, Roman Holiday and Fellini's Roma. We will also visit the world famous Cinecitta Film Studios in Rome where we will watch productions in progress and take a tour of the facilities.
I) A dedicated section of CTAT 235 International Cinema (Film and Italian Culture) 3 hours. (This class is restricted to those students enrolled in the Study Abroad course Film and Italian Culture and counts toward fulfilling a Gen Ed requirement either in the "Arts" or "Global Awareness" category.
2) A Special Topics 300 level class CTAT 379 (3 hours) that counts toward fulfilling either an elective credit or the Internship/Study Abroad requirement for students taking the Electronic Media and Film Studies Major (Film Studies Concentration).
The Film and Italian Culture program is first and foremost an academic program. Students are required to enroll in one, three-hour course for credit and to complete all course requirements. Because we follow an extensive itinerary, instructional delivery is different from the pattern of fixed class time and standard contact hours of campus courses. On the program, class sessions are usually scheduled around or during the program activities that take up most of the day: visits to museums, monuments, cathedrals and temples, historic sites, governmental institutions, etc. Thus, in a sense most of the waking hours of each day are contact hours because students are actively engaged in some aspect of their academic work. The faculty are careful to balance the program activities described in the itinerary with sufficient time for students to reflect on and discuss the significance of what they have seen and experienced. And because the faculty travel with the group and are always available, meaningful discussions often take place during routine activities such as meals, walking from one site to the next, etc. Course assignments are also aimed at organizing students' experiences. The faculty allow sufficient time for the completion of most course requirements on the tour. Because of the full itinerary and the academic requirements, there is relatively little free time on this program. The itinerary and daily activities are carefully planned so that students have opportunities to further explore for themselves the cultural environment of these great cities.
-- Attend four pre-trip overview lectures and screenings
-- Read text and course pack materials
-- Attend all lectures, discussions, screenings and designated site visits in Italy
-- Write three analytical essays
-- One photo book or video
Henry Aldridge’s, Ph.D., love of travel began one June evening in l963 when he sailed from New York City aboard the SS Maasdam for what was to be the first of many transatlantic voyages. He has visited Germany, Switzerland, Austria, England, Wales, Scotland and Italy several times and taught at the University of Reading in England for a term. Professor Aldridge teaches film studies at EMU. He is a respected film scholar and has published two books and many articles.
Our accommodations in Italy are in a small youth hotel, chosen for its central location in Rome, rooms based on multiple occupancy with other program participants. Participants will be expected to abide by the rules and regulations established by the tour director at our hotel. A disregard of these rules may lead to dismissal of the student from the tour.
Group Behavior and Solidarity
Living as a group requires of each member a strong spirit of cooperation and a willingness to place the needs of the group above personal preferences. We expect all members of the group to travel together, stay in the accommodations provided by the program, and participate in program activities together. The unique and ongoing dialogue between students and faculty is born in response to program experiences and activities. We expect participants to be receptive to the experiences offered on the program and respectful of the people and cultures visited. A disregard of these guidelines may lead to dismissal of the student from the tour.
No refunds will be made for meals, accommodations, cultural events or other regularly scheduled activities missed by tour participants.
Estimated Additional Costs
Frequently students ask us how much money they will need above the program fee of the tour. Based on estimates made by students on previous tours, the extra expenditures, in addition to round-trip airfare and tuition should amount to:
Film and Italian Culture
Meals ($25 per day average for two meals-some students may spend more or less) $175
Street Cars/Subways (Rome average, including to/from airport) $45
Laundry ($10 per load, min. one load) $10
Textbooks (approximately) $100
Miscellaneous (bottled water, snacks, toiletries, internet, bank exchange fees, etc.) $200
*This price does not include round-trip airfare or tuition and fees. Please note this is an estimated cost. It has been carefully calculated to try to be as firm as possible. If there are significant changes in costs beyond the control of Academic Programs Abroad, we may need to require a surcharge (e.g. rises in the cost of fuel, sharp changes in currency exchange rates). We will, however, do our utmost to keep the price as advertised.
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