These courses utilize comparative readings and discussions, participatory field research, and exercises with the local community to understand the relationships between people, places, actions, and values.
ENV/SOC 310: Placemaking: Creating Sustainable Urban Spaces
Learn about the history of Perugia and examine how the past has shaped the cultural, political, and social landscape of the city today by working closely with Borgo Bello and University of Perugia DSA3 Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences Department. This course will utilize participatory planning workshops, comparative readings and discussions, and urban exploration exercises to understand the relationship between the abstract idea of community and a city’s physical landscape. You will explore the neighborhood’s spaces, meet and interview key actors, and organize as well as attend Borgo Bello’s cultural activities to mold vital urban spaces into friendly and inclusive communities.
Ideal for Majors in: Environmental Studies, Sociology, Anthropology
PSYC 450: The Science of Behavioral Change: A Community-Based Approach
Design and carry out a field research project in collaboration with an international group of psychologists, the local city government, non-profit organizations, and Italian university students. Research themes will include goals, ownership, and morality in order to better understand intercultural differences. In this course, you will be introduced to psychological research methods and practice.
Ideal for Majors in: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology