Italy, Rome (Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)

The Making of Europe - Rise of Civilization

when 4 July 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee EUR 1345

Discover Europe’s roots in this two-weeks course that takes you to the ‘Eternal City’: Rome, Italy. During this course you will make a voyage from Antiquity to the later Middle Ages, highlighting its politics, religious affairs and societal developments. See how these developments are also expressed in magnificent artistic accomplishments on its way.

Once the capital of the glorious Roman Empire; then rival to the Florentine Renaissance; birthplace of the Baroque and location of the Vatican, beautiful Rome is in various ways the ancestor of modern Europe. And Rome is therefore the place for you to start exploring ‘The Making of Europe’. During this course you will make a voyage from Antiquity to the later Middle Ages, highlighting its politics, religious affairs and societal developments that found expression in magnificent artistic accomplishments on its way. We will be studying Rome´s and Europe´s history from inside and outside the classroom, since many of its iconic places exist still nowadays. We will visit the tangible remains of the Roman era and discover the beautiful (early) churches which were transformed in later times by geniuses like Michelangelo or Bernini and unravel the politics behind it.
At the end of this course, students should be able to:

• Describe and evaluate different of the historic developments of Europe, including Europe’s role on the world stage

• Discern and analyse key factors in facilitating these developments

• Demonstrate an understanding of political, socio-economic and cultural aspects of the European developments 

• Demonstrate this detailed and critical knowledge and understanding in written and verbal form.

This course is taught at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy) as part of the China Europe International Summer School (CEISS). CEISS is a collaboration between Fudan University (China), Peking University (China), Utrecht University (Netherlands), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), LUISS School of Business (Italy), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy) and Edvance Education International (China), offering summer courses that explore the world's main economic, social and political trends and themes and the way they impact on the economies and societies of Europe and China.

This course can be combined with the following CEISS courses:
- The Making of Europe: from Middle Ages to Modernity
- China, the US, Europe and the Rise of Asia: Ideas, Culture and Perceptions

Course leader

Dr. Wendelijn van der Leest

Target group

Students of the humanities and social sciences, including economics and business, political sciences, European studies, international relations, history, culture studies and sociology, the sciences and engineering at senior undergraduate or graduate level with an interest in culture, society and politics. A general background in the social sciences may help, but no specific expertise is required.

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