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Directed Study Programme in Arts and Humanities for International Exchange Students

DIRECTED STUDY PROGRAMMES

A Directed Study is an academic course that provides a more in-depth and comprehensive study of a specific topic. Students who attend a directed study course are expected to complete independent research or fieldwork under the guidance of a faculty member. The course may also include other additional assignments and the production of a final paper or a series of shorter ones.

Students who wish to enrol in this programme, including Erasmus students, must apply, following the instructions provided below.

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 
What is a Directed Study Course?

A Directed Study is an academic course that provides a more in-depth and comprehensive study of a specific topic. Students who attend a directed study course are expected to complete independent research or fieldwork under the guidance of a faculty member. The course may also include other additional assignments and the production of a final paper or a series of shorter ones.

Why should I choose a Directed Study Course?

An exchange student may decide to take a directed study course to learn more about a topic or course that he or she has already studied. Moreover, directed courses also allow students, who do not have the necessary fluency in Italian to follow standard university courses, to learn more about topics related to Italian history and culture.

How many credits can I earn with a Directed Study Course at Sapienza?

At Sapienza, one credit is assigned for every 22 hours of directed study. Each directed study course included in this programme is tailored so that a student can earn up to six credits per course.

The number of credits received reflects the amount of work that must be completed and includes:

  • Meetings with the supervising faculty member
  • Readings
  • Research or fieldwork (if applicable)
  • Written Reports (either one long paper or a series of shorter ones)

How many Directed Studies may I take during my stay at Sapienza?

The maximum number of directed study courses for an exchange student at Sapienza is three (3).

Qualifications and Requirements

Exchange students who wish to take a directed study course should have a good command of English: either an English Proficiency Certificate or a Certificate in Advanced English (Levels C1-C2). A basic knowledge of Italian is strongly recommended, but it is not mandatory.

Academic assignments are mutually agreed upon between the student and the supervising faculty member. Graduate students may also submit an independent research proposal or a plan of study outlining the goals and objectives of a directed study to any of the supervising faculty members.

The Office of International Affairs will provide exchange students with an official transcript upon completion of academic requirements and exams.

Application Period for 2017-18 Academic Year

  • Fall Semester: May 1-20, 2017
  • Spring Semester: Oct. 1-20, 2017.

(Fall Semester : mid-October to January, Spring Semester: March to mid-June)

Please note: non-Erasmus students must have completed enrolment procedures before the beginning of each semester. 

Application Documents

  • Statement of Purpose;
  • CV
  • Transcript of Records (issued by home university)

Applications must be sent by regular mail to the address listed in the right-hand column. 

Applications sent by e-mail or fax will NOT be taken into consideration.

 

DIRECTED STUDY COURSES

Please note: further information on individual directed study courses is available through the links in the right-hand column.

 

Cultural Aspects of Food: social uses, symbolic meanings and relationship to health  

(Please note: This course will not be held during the 2017-18 academic year. As part of the Directed Study Programme, Prof. Lupo will teach the Master Degree course “Medical Anthropology” during spring semester (academic year 2017-2018)

  • Prof. Alessandro Lupo
  • Fields of expertise: Social and Medical Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Food Culture and Anthropology of Food.

 

Daily Life and Material Culture in Early Modern Rome

  • Prof. Renata Ago
  • Fields of expertise: Early Modern European History, Economic and Social History, History of Material Culture and Collecting in Early Modern Rome.

 

Early Modern Art History. Collecting and Displaying Art in Roman Palaces (1600-1700)

  • Prof. Caterina Volpi
  • Fields of Expertise: Early Modern Art History, History of Early Modern Art Collections, Iconography.

 

History and Historiography of Italian Opera

  • Franco Piperno
  • Fields of Expertise:  History of Music, Musicology, Music in Early Modern and Baroque Rome.

 

History of the Cold War

  • Prof. Umberto Gentiloni
  • Fields of Expertise: Contemporary Italian History, Contemporary European History, History of Political Thought.

 

Italian Literature

  • Prof. Renzo Bragantini
  • Fields of expertise: Medieval and Renaissance Italian Literature; Italian and European novel during the XIXth century; early XXth century Italian poetry; Literature and Music (XVIII-XIX centuries); Literature and Visual Arts.

 

Second Language Acquisition

The course is intended for graduate students with a sound background in Linguistics. The course provides students with the support they need for advanced studies in the core areas of English and Applied Linguistics.

  • Prof. Paola Giunchi
  • Fields of Expertise: Applied Linguistics, Learning a Second Language and Processes of Language Acquisition; Cognitive Aspects of Language Learning; Italian as a Second Language.

 

London in English Literature: from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century

  • Prof. Giovanni Luciani
  • Fields of Expertise:  seventeenth and early twentieth century English literature, Cultural Studies, Translation Studies.

 

Music in the Italian Renaissance

  • Prof. Franco Piperno
  • Fields of Expertise:  History of Music, Musicology, Music in Early Modern and Baroque Rome.

 

Roman Archaeology: The Emperor and the City of Rome

  • Prof. Marco Galli
  • Fields of Expertise: Roman Archeology and Art History, Classical Performing Arts.

 

Science and Production of Knowledge about China in Europe during the Early Modern Age

  • Prof. Elisabetta Corsi
  • Fields of Expertise: Sinology, Sino-Western Scientific and Artistic Contacts between China and Europe (XVI-XVII Centuries), Intellectual History, History of Science.

 

Symbolic Meanings of Fashion 

(Please note: This course will not be held during the 2016-17 academic year.)

 

World History

  • Prof. Luigi Cajani
  • Fields of expertise: Early Modern European History, Global History and Historiography.

 

World Literature 

  • Prof. Franca Sinopoli
  • Fields of expertise: comparative world literature, transnationalism and comparativism in literature

 

Writing Down Antiquity: Scripts, Books and Collections from Aegean Prehistory to the Roman Empire

  • Prof. Silvia Ferrara
  • Fields of expertise: Aegean Archaeology, History of Decipherment, 2nd Millennium BC Aegean Writing Systems and Socio-linguistics.

 

 

STUDENTS ADMITTED - SPRING 2017

Name

Surname

Country

Professor

Course

ROMINA

BENZERAY

Lynn University, Boca Raton, FL, USA

Cajani

World History

     

Sinopoli

World Literature

LISA

MULLENNEAUX

Columbia University, USA

Bragantini

Italian Literature

FENJA

LEHMANN

Technische Universitàt Braunschweig, GERMANY

Ago

Daily Life and Material Culture

     

Luciani

London in English Literature

     

Galli

Roman Archaeology

JAKUB

ADAMCZYK

During University of Warsaw, POLAND

Ago

Daily Life and Material Culture

     

Galli

Roman Archaeology

     

Volpi

Early Modern Art History

MAGDALENA

DRAKA

University of Warsaw, POLAND

Ago

Daily Life and Material Culture

     

Volpi

Early Modern Art History

     

Galli

Roman Archaeology

DE

YU

Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, CHINA

Galli

Roman Archaeology

     

Volpi

Early Modern Art History

LENA

NAHRWOLD

Freie Universitàt Berlin, GERMANY

Sinopoli

World Literature

     

Cajani

World History

MARIE PLAGNOL Institut d'etudes Politiques de Paris/ La Sorbonne, FRANCE Volpi Early Modern Art History
      Galli Roman Archaeology

 

 

 

Gentiloni

History of the Cold War

 

LAURA ISABEL

  O. BOLANOS

Universitad ICESI, Cali-Valle, COLOMBIA

Volpi

Early Modern Art History

 

   

Ago

Daily Life and Material Culture

 

Contacts

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  • Directed Study Programme in Arts and Humanities
     
    Department of History, Culture and Religions
    Sapienza University
    Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5
    00185 Rome, Italy