Fall 2015

ARC 500/GEO 400: Sustainable Urbanism in Europe

Students in this course will pursue three methods of study: a critical exploration of the history, social dimensions, and scientific premises of ecological awareness; development of a case study, becoming an expert on one factor of sustainability in one particularly well-organized European city; and participation in the tabulation of a full range of factors in an overall Urban Sustainability Index that can be applied to any city (including Florence). The course includes day trips to the world's first thermal energy plant at Larderello and to Ferrara, the one Italian city where bicycles outnumber automobiles, and may include an optional weekend trip to Freiberg (Germany) one of the most demonstrably sustainable cities in the world.
Prof. Richard Ingersoll

NSD 354: Mediterranean Food and Culture: A Florence experience

Examine the production practices, health benefits and culinary pleasures of this specific cultural diet that features a fresh, local sustainable food supply. Through lectures, discussion, readings, projects and visits, students learn key features of the Mediterranean diet, its application in meal and menu planning, how it compares with diets consumed by Americans and public health nutrition recommendations for Americans, and what health benefits derive from it. The course also considers similarities and differences in the food systems of Tuscany and the U.S. May include a hands-on cooking class and visits to several food venues, such as markets, bakeries, cheese producers and vineyards. A course fee ($310 for 2013-14) to cover days trips to Chianti and the Tuscan countryside with cooking classes, tastings and market trips will be billed from Syracuse. Enrollment priority to related majors and minors.
Prof. Peter Fischer

EAR 100: Introduction to Geology

This course introduces students to the basics of geology focusing primarily on physical geology through an examination of the basic structure and composition of the materials that comprise the Earth, and the processes that underlie major geologic phenomena. Studying geology in Florence will let us get in touch with the history of geology, observing the major geological phenomena in the field, and walking through an ancient historical city in which geological materials have been used in architecture and relative arts. Includes a three-day trip to the Vesuvius volcano and adjoining areas. Enrollment priority to Discovery Florence students.
Prof. Sandro Conticelli