Lourdes University Summer Program in Italy
Study Social Justice and the Common Good in Italy — Summer 2018
This coming summer Lourdes University Dr. Joyce P. Litten will teach “What are Social Justice and the Common Good.” This course will examine individual and collective social responsibility in the creation of just systems of service. It draws on the differing disciplines and perspectives in exploring the notion of the common good and a principal focus will be whether and how commitment to the common good is compatible both with respect for cultural and religious differences and with justice in social life. The purpose of this course is to create familiarity with foundational principles of social justice and to identify, analyze, and develop models and strategies that support the common good. By the end of the course, students will be able to define the theoretical concepts and critique their applications in practice for eliminating social inequalities locally, nationally, and globally. Students will also be able to recognize contextual factors such as cultural, historical, professional, and ethical frameworks, in responding to issues or situations and addressing contemporary problems. Class is twice a week. The course will be accepted for credit at Lourdes as SWK 399 HYA/Enduring Question.
A Big University Town in a Small Italian City. Lourdes students will take advantage of the Umbra Institute’s beautiful location in historic Perugia, Italy, to complete courses that count towards their majors, all while studying abroad and living in the real Italy. While the courses will be engaging, students will also have ample time on the weekend to travel elsewhere in Europe because no classes are held on Fridays. Thus, students have a three-day weekend. Students can either 1) take just this class, or 2) take another course from the elective courses (all in English) offered at Umbra. See a list of standard summer courses here: (See courses offered for Summer 2018.) In addition, students will travel to Assisi to visit the place of St. Francis’ conversion and ministry.
Student Life. Each summer the Umbra Institute hosts between 80 and 100 American and Italian college students from colleges and universities across the U.S. and in Perugia. Housing is provided for all students in shared apartments within a 5-minute walk of the Institute. Apartments are furnished with full kitchens and have WiFi access. (Check out some of the student activities offered at Umbra.)
To learn more about the course, contact Dr. Litten by filling out the form below.
“Seeing what you are learning about adds so much to the learning experience. Through my classes and travels I learned so much about Italian history, life, and culture. Even though Perugia is a smaller city, there is always something going on. There are two other universities in the city and students from all over the world to meet and get to know!”
“My professor always inspired me to know and learn more. That’s why I came to Umbra to learn about Italy and about the culture here, but also more about America and myself. One regret I hear from every college graduate is that they never took the chance to study abroad. This program is so special and I was very lucky to be a part of something so unique.”