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International Programs

Summer 2015 Courses


The Summer Session in San Gimignano will include two courses led by Merrimack faculty:

FAA 2240 “Mapping the Medieval City into the Present” , Dr. John Giordano (4 Credits)

Fulfills a Arts and Literature requirement for the LS Core.

This course explores the relationship between the medieval city and present day San Gimignano, Florence and Siena through photography, drawing, museum visits, writing, geography, walking tours, mapping, digital journaling, video, and social media. Drawing from sources as diverse as art and architectural history, Situationist theory (dérive), Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, and landscape historian John Stilgoe’s work on teaching college students visual awareness of the environment, this interdisciplinary course makes connections between past and present through imaginative examinations of visual artifacts in San Gimignano, Florence and Siena. Topics include time, space, continuity, displacement, hybridity, spirituality, community and individuality. Activities in critical and creative thinking lead to a final interdisciplinary project or paper that takes an in depth look at the relationship between the environment, culture and history.

 RTS 2450 “History of Christian Thought”, Dr. Mark Allman (4 Credits)

Fulfills a Historical Studies requirement for the LS Core.

An investigation of selected themes in the history of Christian thought and doctrine from the biblical period through the Middle Ages to the present time. Emphasis will be laid on how Christian thinkers, reacting to outside influences, developed doctrine from biblical and other sources. Discussion will include central doctrines such as the Trinity, Christ, sin and grace, etc. Attention given to the way the Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox traditions reacted to the changing cultural situation, such as the Enlightenment and the rise of modern science. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies.