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Important Note: Spots are limited. An application is required, which you will receive by email. The Umbra Institute will not be able to guarantee enrollment to all that apply.
This course has two main academic components: one experiential (practicum) and one reflective (seminar). The practicum provides you with direct experience in an inclusive professional setting for 4 hours per week. The seminar meets every week for 1.5 hours to explore disciplinary theory through readings, discussions, and personal reflection.
During the seminar portion of the course, you will 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.
During the practicum, you will work at Monimbò, a Fair Trade bottega in Perugia. You will assist with store operations, event preparations, and seasonal activities; promotional materials; and customer service. At the end of the semester, you will present your practicum experience to the Umbra community.
A minimum of Intermediate Italian language level required.
By the end of this course, you will have:
- a heightened sense of intercultural awareness;
- an appreciation for how the community partner, as part of the host culture, conveys an identity and sense of place;
- a body of disciplinary knowledge and theory with which to interpret and analyze the experience; and
- critical thinking and communication skills as a result of integrating theory with practice and synthesizing learning into a final project.
Mandatory course reader