Urban and regional studies courses are only offered during the spring semester of Cornell in Rome.
CRP 4160 (416) ROME WORKSHOP (6 credits)
Instructor: Nancy Brooks / Gregory Smith
This course focuses on the city as a system through the analysis of (1) a set of neighborhoods and (2) issues affecting these neighborhoods. We will consider the relationship of these neighborhoods and issues to the functioning of the contemporary city of Rome and the well-being of its residents. During the first half of the semester, students will form groups of four to five and learn about a given neighborhood through a variety of methods. Based on their neighborhood analyses, students will form new groups for the second half of the semester during which they will choose a policy topic that affects one or more of the studied neighborhoods. The course will consider issues relating to infrastructure, provision of services, economic development, and governance.
Fills Qualitative Methods Area Requirement for URS students.
CRP 3850 EUROPEAN CITIES (3 credits)
Instructor: Sandra Annunziata / Claudia Meschiari
The course will focus on European cities, their characteristics and the challenge they are facing in the globalized economy. Starting with the main ideas that armed the birth of modern urbanism (as a response to urbanization and industrialization), the course will present the modalities that different European cities chose in order to face the challenge of globalization (deindustrialization, immigration fluxes, crisis of the welfare state). The main concept that will be presented to students is that the pre-modern and modern urban settings are nowadays the material and symbolic palimpsest upon which the post-modern restructuring of the city is taking place. This will lead to a critical understanding of the urban redevelopment / urban strategies and local policy initiatives undertaken by European cities in recent years. Fulfills the URS Regional Development and Globalization Area requirement.
CRP 3720 CONTEMPORARY ITALY: Politics and Society (3 credits)
Instructor: Gregory Smith
This course provides a comprehensive survey of Italian society today, starting with Italy's geography and the historical forces which shaped the nation. It discusses the tensions between north and south, and such broad features of Italian social life as community structure, urban development, and family forms. It reviews selected institutional issues, such as gender, the system of education, problems of criminality and justice, economic reform, social class, religion, and politics. Special attention is paid to the workings of Italian industrial districts, and the various models that have been used to explain sharp and persistent regional difference in this country.
Fulfills URS B requirement.
Both architecture history courses in Rome fulfill the A area requirement for URS students.
CRP 7940 (794) PLANNING INTERNSHIP (1–12 credits / variable)
Individually arranged assignment with an international agency located in Rome. Students must submit a resume and statement of purpose with their application to the program.