Renaissance palaces and the Ponte Vecchio aside, you'll find that Florence rivals most world-class cities in the matters of food, cultural events, fashion, and sheer academic opportunity. The city is nothing less than a joyous living museum where architectural and artistics masterpieces greet you at nearly every turn.
This program, first offered in 2012, examines the problem of the "democratic deficit" in the Muslim world, and analyzes the causes and consequences of the recent wave of revolutions against authoritarian rule in the Arab World. In addition, the course will look at the commitment of the United States to the promotion of democratic institutions and values in the Middle East. Case studies include Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. The 2017 seminar, taking place in Dubai, will be led by two senior professors of political science at Syracuse University, Matt Bonham and Mehrzad Boroujerdi, and will include a host of activities such as field trips in Dubai and Sharjah, an overnight excursion, and guest spearkers.
Skirting the edge of the Arabian Peninsula, the United Arab Emirates is a true melting post of cultures. It is a hub for trade, business, and cultural exchange. The UAE is the perfect place to learn about the Arab world. Students will witness the daily intersection of traditional values and modern realities.
Italy is widely known as having some of the most progressive legal policies supporting inclusive practice including an over 30-year tradition of educating students with disabilities in general education classrooms. Inclusion in Italy is based on the principle that the integration of people with disabilities is a positive force in the classroom, because it offers all students opportunities to develop new understandings and knowledge. Disability, therefore, is considered a point of strength, rather than a problem. Italy also boasts a public education and basic literacy level of nearly 97%, which is quite remarkable, although international comparisons of test scores place Italy much closer to the U.S. in other areas. Today, Italy is experiencing a new wave of immigration as well as the effects of a widespread downturn in the economy. Disability studies, as a field of inquiry, is beginning to emerge in Italy. Thus, the implementation and meanings of integration (or inclusion) take on new meanings in the midst of these changes, making this a very significant time to be studying and observing inclusion and literacy instruction in Italy.