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STUDY ABROAD


FLORENCE, ITALY

Renaissance Leadership & Rhetoric

in Florence, Italy

 

The Program At-A-Glance

  • Program type: Short-term, faculty-led program administered by Gonzaga University
  • Dates: Two weeks in the summer, dates to be determined
  • Eligibility: Graduate or doctoral students
  • Subjects: COML 513 Renaissance Rhetoric and/or ORGL 510 Renaissance Leadership
  • Housing: 3 star hotel in Florence and Rome
  • Estimated Cost: $4,765 if one course it taken; $7,395 if both Florence courses are taken
  • Cost includes: 3 or 6 credits graduate tuition, 14 nights housing, museum entry fees, several group meals and excursions, group transportation from Rome to Florence, day trip with lunch to Siena
  • Financial aid: Gonzaga and federal financial aid can be applied towards this program
  • Program Application deadlines: Applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis

Helping Leaders Change the World from the Inside

For decades, the concept of “leadership” meant making structural changes to an organization. The focus was outward – and the results were fleeting. As one of the nation’s premier Jesuit universities, Gonzaga takes a transformational approach to help leaders change the world from the inside. This introspective focus gives you tools to effect true change in organizations, offer creative approaches to problems, emphasize collaborations, respect diversity, and demonstrate clear vision.

By traveling to Italy and being immersed in a different culture, you are provided an opportunity to use and enhance your communication and leadership skills on a moment by moment basis. What better place to study leadership than Florence, the center of the Italian Renaissance art movement, and the home to the Medicis and Michelangelo. Explore Florence and Tuscany and witness the fruit of the leadership that took place hundreds of years ago to create this magnificent center of art in the world.

Gonzaga University has its own campus in Florence. A typical day would include a few hours in the classroom and an afternoon museum tour.  The evenings are yours to explore the culture of Florence. You will also travel to Siena and Rome and go on tours that include the Vatican and the Coliseum.

The study-abroad options for Florence consist of two graduate-level courses. You may choose to take either one or both of the courses. The courses are hybrid with online components beginning at the start of summer session. When students return home, they continue to complete their reading and post their integrative papers online.

Courses

COML 513 – Renaissance Rhetoric

  • Instructor: John Caputo, Ph.D.

Communication and leadership are closely intertwined, whether in our current period of post-modernity or during the European Renaissance. Fifteenth century Italy and Florence in particular, saw a flowering of the arts and scholarship unmatched in history. This can be seen in the rhetoric of art and architecture, religious preaching, political writing and oratory, and in the humanistic philosophy that emerges from it. Whether the fiery oratory of the Dominican Friar Savonarola trying to reform the republic of Florence, the famous letters of St. Catherine of Siena trying to persuade the Pope to repair a schism in the Church, Nicola Machiavelli’s The Prince as a primer on leadership, or Dante’s Inferno which looks at where bad people and bad behavior will lead — all provide an amazing repository of examples of the birth of humanism and its influence on persuasive discourse to lead social progress. This course examines this period through readings, discussions, and on-site visits to historical settings in Florence and Siena in order to formulate the critical questions necessary to bring these ideas to our contemporary world. Using the Italian Renaissance as the canvas we will study multiple examples of rhetoric, both written and visual.

Course Objectives:

• Explain the role of rhetoric in leadership

• Recognize the multiple artifacts that operate as visual communication and persuasion in Florence, Rome and Siena

• Rhetorically analyze a specific renaissance artifact

• Describe the influence of classical rhetoric in the lives of the leaders in renaissance Italy; and

• Explain the role rhetoric can play in effective leadership in contemporary America.

 

ORGL 510 – Renaissance Leadership for the 21st Century

  • Instructor: Michael Carey, Ph.D.

This course provides an examination of Renaissance leadership as it applies to contemporary organizations. Course study is designed for an interdisciplinary group of students to explore the power of Renaissance thinking as it applies to renewal, rediscovery, invention and creativity. This course will help emerging leaders develop new perspectives and strategies to bring health, creativity and energy to their organizations. Learners will draw upon the creative processes of artists—painters, architects, musicians, and writers–and apply the same dynamics of creative thinking to the practical work of leaders in today’s organizations. Special emphasis will be given to the artists of the Italian Renaissance, especially as developed in the city of Florence.

Course Objectives:

• explain the dynamics involved in the creative process, especially as illustrated by the Italian Renaissance

• apply these dynamics to leadership in contemporary organizations

• draw upon an inter-disciplinary network of colleagues to process an integrative approach to the art of leadership

 

Schedule

A typical class day:

  • Class session - 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
  • Caffe discussion – 10:30- 11:00 a.m.
  • Class sessions II - 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Free time - 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Afternoon excursions - 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.

The International Residential experience cost for 2014 is estimated at $4,765 for one course or $7,395 if both courses are taken.

The Program costs include:

  • 3 or 6 graduate credits
  • 3 star hotel in Florence and Rome
  • museum entry fees
  • several group meals and excursions
  • group transportation from Rome to Florence
  • day trip with lunch to Siena
Costs not included:
  • airfare
  • most meals
  • personal expenses
  • textbooks

The Program At-a-Glance

  • Program type: Short-term, faculty-led program administered by Gonzaga University
  • Dates: Two weeks in the summer, dates to be determined.
  • Eligibility: Graduate or doctoral students
  • Subjects: COML 513 Renaissance Rhetoric and/or ORGL 510 Renaissance Leadership
  • Housing: 3 star hotel in Florence and Rome
  • Estimated Cost: $4,765 if one course it taken; $7,395 if both Florence courses are taken
  • Cost includes: 3 or 6 credits graduate tuition, 14 nights housing, museum entry fees, several group meals and excursions, group transportation from Rome to Florence, day trip with lunch to Siena.
  • Financial aid: Gonzaga and federal financial aid can be applied towards this program.
  • Program Application deadlines: Applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis.

The Program At-a-Glance

  • Program type: Short-term, faculty-led program administered by Gonzaga University
  • Dates: Two weeks in the summer, dates to be determined.
  • Eligibility: Graduate or doctoral students
  • Subjects: COML 513 Renaissance Rhetoric and/or ORGL 510 Renaissance Leadership
  • Housing: 3 star hotel in Florence and Rome
  • Estimated Cost: $4,765 if one course it taken; $7,395 if both Florence courses are taken
  • Cost includes: 3 or 6 credits graduate tuition, 14 nights housing, museum entry fees, several group meals and excursions, group transportation from Rome to Florence, day trip with lunch to Siena.
  • Financial aid: Gonzaga and federal financial aid can be applied towards this program.
  • Program Application deadlines: Applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis.

COML 513 – Renaissance Rhetoric

ORGL 510 – Renaissance Leadership

Renaissance Leadership & Rhetoric

in Florence, Italy

The Program At-a-Glance

  • Program type: Short-term, faculty-led program administered by Gonzaga University
  • Dates: Two weeks in the summer, dates to be determined.
  • Eligibility: Graduate or doctoral students
  • Subjects: COML 513 Renaissance Rhetoric and/or ORGL 510 Renaissance Leadership
  • Housing: 3 star hotel in Florence and Rome
  • Estimated Cost: $4,765 if one course it taken; $7,395 if both Florence courses are taken
  • Cost includes: 3 or 6 credits graduate tuition, 14 nights housing, museum entry fees, several group meals and excursions, group transportation from Rome to Florence, day trip with lunch to Siena.
  • Financial aid: Gonzaga and federal financial aid can be applied towards this program.
  • Program Application deadlines: Applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis.

 

The application process for Renaissance Leadership and Rhetoric is currently closed.

Graduate students who are registered for ORGL 510 and/or COML 513 may bring travel companions, but travel companions are not able to be included in the formal activities of the courses.  For example, Gonzaga reserves hotel rooms at the Hotel Emmaus in Rome and the Hotel Athenaeum in Florence for students registered in the course; travel companions must make separate reservations, either at those hotels or others in the area.

Registered students are required to participate in all field trips and Gonzaga arranges for museum entrances for registered students, but if interested in entering these same museums, travel companions need to pay for themselves.  Transportation from Rome to Florence (and the day trip to Siena from Florence) is arranged by Gonzaga for registered students, but must be arranged and paid for separately by all travel companions.

For more information, please contact the Gonzaga Study Abroad Office at 509-313-3549 or at studyabroad@gonzaga.edu.

Program information subject to change.