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.
ESUS 310: Placemaking: Creating Sustainable Urban Spaces and Communities
Working closely with Borgo Bello, you will learn about the history of Perugia and examine how the past has shaped the cultural, political, and social landscape of the city today. 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
PYIR 450: The Science of Behavioral Change: A Community-Based Approach
This course will introduce you to psychological research methods and practice. You will 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.
Ideal for Majors in: Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology