Seminar and Practicum Courses
Umbra Community Engagement Seminars and Practica are 3-credit elective courses divided into two parts – seminar or in-class lectures, and practicum or applied work experience with a local institution in Perugia. Both components complement one another to provide hands-on experience and theoretical knowledge in your chosen field of study.
CESP 351: Fair Trade Practices: Seminar and Practicum
Take an in-depth look at Fair Trade: explore the social, political, and economic implications of global efforts, and research current initiatives in Italy and America. You will work with Altrocioccolato, the international Fair Trade festival and Monimbò, a Fair Trade bottega in Perugia. You will assist with store operations, event preparations, and seasonal activities; promotional materials; and customer service.
Prerequisite: Intermediate Italian language level or higher
Ideal for Majors in: Economics, Environmental Studies, Business
CESP 352: Museum Studies: Seminar and Practicum
Dive into the life of Marini Clarelli Santi Foundation, with its newly opened house museum of the Oddi family, one of the noblest families in Italy; the Palazzo Sorbello House Museum, a historic house museum with 18th and 19th art collections and an impressive multilingual library; and/or the Museo Capitolare di San Lorenzo, the Perugia Cathedral Museum. Learn first-hand the ins and outs of operating a museum, from creating promotional materials to giving guided tours and preparing exhibitions. During your practicum, you will collaborate directly with staff to make Italy’s remarkably rich and varied artistic and cultural heritage more accessible to international visitors.
Ideal for Majors in: Museum Studies, Art History, History, International Marketing
CESP 353: Education in Italy: Seminar and Practicum – Spring Semester Only
In this course, you will examine educational psychology, pedagogical models, and English language teaching methods. You will work with either a local public scientifico or Montessori high school, working closely with English language teachers and Italian students. Depending on the placement and the teacher’s needs, you will either assist with lesson planning and classroom instruction or design and implement English language workshops with a specific theme such as music or travel.
Ideal for Majors in: Education
CESP 354: Critical Disabilities Studies: Seminar and Practicum
Examine theories and models on critical disability studies from an international and cross-cultural perspective by working with VIVA Sports Association, the first athletic program for kids and adults with motor and/or intellectual disabilities in Perugia. You will assist the staff in managing the athletic activities, helping people with a variety of disabilities play sports including fencing, ping pong, and basketball to develop social and motor skills. In addition, you will collaborate with the professional staff in designing new activities focused on music, theater, work, and other themes relevant to integrating those with disabilities into society.
Ideal for Majors in: Communications, Human Development, Special Education, Disability Studies
CESP 355: Community Action Against Climate Change: Seminar and Practicum
Develop and understand the relationships between environment, human activities, emissions and climate change, and learn how to build local community resilience through participatory approaches and methods in interactions with residents, local partners, and other stakeholders. In this course, you will collaborate with both the University of Perugia DSA3 Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences Department and Borgo Bello to help develop tools and strategies that raise awareness on climate change in Perugia as well as work with local inhabitants on urban agricultural projects.