Seminar and Practicum Courses
Umbra Community Engagement Seminars and Practica are 3-credit elective courses divided into two parts – the seminar, or in-class lectures, and the 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 352: Museum Studies: Seminar and Practicum
Dive into the life of the Palazzo Sorbello House Museum, a historic house museum with 18th and 19th art collections and an impressive multilingual library and 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, a middle school, or an elementary 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
In this course, you will 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 356: Art Therapy: Seminar and Practicum
In this course, you will begin by exploring the field of Art Therapy by examining its history, theory and application in various settings. In the practicum, you will be working with elderly residents of the Fontenuovo Elderly Residence Home along with their family members. Started in 1885, this elderly residence home has been hosting aging adults including individuals with basic needs to those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. You will assist the professor in helping to facilitate and promote self-awareness, understanding, healing, and well-being.
Ideal for Majors in: Psychology, Studio Art, Art History, Education, Disability Studies