CertifiCATE IN sERVICE lEARNING AND dIPLOMA IN iNNOVATION & sOcIAL cHANGE
The Italy Center JWL program will offer two main academic programs. The first is a 3 course (15 credits) Certificate in Service Learning, which will be a 1 semester full time introduction to our overall program and a first step to completing the Diploma.
For our Diploma in Innovation and Social Change, participants will need to complete 15 courses (45 credits) to be awarded after 5 semesters of full time study. The majority of these courses will be available from existing Italy Center offerings (accredited by Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama) and will take place in our classrooms in Bologna. The remaining courses will be offered online by Jesuit Worldwide Learning (accredited by Regis University, Denver, Colorado).
Our academic program goals are to develop leaders who use their skills to promote social justice and organizational change. Students completing this diploma will:
Gain interdisciplinary knowledge and skills needed to organize projects, influence organizational change and become successful entrepreneurs.
Use innovative approaches to decision making.
Commit to action that demonstrates care for others.
Exhibit personal habits consistent with ethical leadership.
Receive a fully accredited diploma from a United States university.
The following courses are offered by Spring Hill College Italy Center. They are examples of some of the courses taught on-site in Bologna during the Fall and Spring academic semesters, with further descriptions at the bottom of the page.
Philosophy - Environmental Ethics
Digital Video Production and Human Rights
Political Science: Terrorism, Revolution, and War
Theology: World Religions
Italian Language: Elementary, Intermediate, and Advanced
Internship with Community partners in Bologna
The Following Courses to be offered by Jesuit Worldwide Learning (online). The Italy Center will provide access to computers from their Bologna offices, and as well as academic supervision to registered students to complete these courses:
Bridge to Learning
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Diploma Concentration - Innovation and Social Change Concentration courses will offer a combination of existing Italy Center Courses and new courses to be developed. These courses will be taught during the Summer Institute, starting May 2019. Courses might include:
Gender Studies: Women & Peacebuilding
Religion and International Politics
Business: Environment, Business, Ethics
Social Media for Social Innovation (new online concentration course to be designed)
Social Innovation: the development and implementation of new ideas (products, services and models) to meet social needs and create new social relationships or collaborations. It represents new responses to pressing social demands, which affect the process of social interactions. It is aimed at improving human well-being.
-European commission for Social Innovation
Philosophy: Environmental Ethics
The course will examine the philosophical issues of environmental ethics and the following questions: The competing paradigms of environmental science; historical roots of the environmental predicament, animal rights, and the idea of a sustainable society.
POLITICAL SCIENCE: TERRORISM, REVOLUTION, AND WAR
A central theme in this course is to try to figure out the extent to which wars are the purposeful, rational pursuit of policy or the result of seemingly inexorably forces over which there is little control.
COMMUNICATIONS / ART: INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL VIDEO PRODUCTION & HUMAN RIGHTS
This program combines classroom instruction and video production work with work in the Bologna community. Students, with faculty members serving as supervisors, are placed at a local immigrant association and are asked to produce a short web documentary based on the needs of the community.
THEOLOGY: WORLD RELIGIONS
A study of religious faith as a central fact of history and world culture through a reflective interpretation of major historical and theological documents. The survey course is anchored in the literature of Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
ITALIAN LANGUAGE: ELEMENTARY, INTERMEDIATE, ADVANCES
The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to the Italian language. This is an intensive course that combines a normal semester’s worth of material into a five week session.
BUSINESS: ENVIRONMENT, BUSINESS, ETHICS
An exploration of environmental issues on the global scale, exploring ethical and economic dilemmas as they arise with the increasing interaction of developed and developing nations.