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  • Locations: Bologna, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: JHU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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GPA Requirement: 3.0 Housing Type: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Areas of Study: IS, Politics & History, Social Sciences
Program Type: Hopkins-sponsored Credit Type: Hopkins credit (grades impact Hopkins GPA)
Program Advisor: Jessica Mervis Language Prerequisite: No
Hopkins Application Fee: $25
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Hopkins Bologna: International Studies

Bologna - Summer 2018

This intensive three-week program, featuring two courses taught by Hopkins faculty, is an excellent opportunity for students to earn JHU credit and to explore Hopkins’ SAIS Europe campus along with one of Italy’s most beautiful and historic cities. The program has been partially subsidized by a generous gift from Jeffrey and Shari Aronson as part of the Aronson Center for International Studies.


Bologna, Italy

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Areas of Study

  • International Studies
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June 2 - 22, 2019

Deadline: March 15

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  • Open to all majorsBologna-Piazza 2
  • No Italian language required
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Courses and Credits

6 graded JHU credits
The Hopkins Summer Program in Bologna offers two concurrent interdisciplinary courses.

2019 Courses:

AS.192.340: Refugees, Human Rights, and Sovereignty: Focus on Italy (INST-IR, INST-CP) taught by Prof. Ilil Benjamin from the Department of Sociology.

What is a refugee? What rights are given to refugees, and how is such a status determined and earned? To the lay observer, terms like Bologna - SAIS Europe IS shirt“refugee,” “human rights,” and “asylum” often connotes a pledge of protection and an acknowledgement of the right to life of millions who have been forced to flee their home countries.  Yet the global asylum regime, enshrined in the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, places strict limits on whom it will protect.  Drawing on examples from Venezuela, Gaza, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Rwanda, Eritrea, Spain, and especially Italy’s role in the current European refugee crisis, this course will examine the contours and limits of intentional protection for refugees and asylum seekers, exploring the strategies that states have used to both include and exclude migrants, to adjudicate aspiring refugees’ credibility, and to shift the refugee burden to neighboring countries.  We will also examine how refugees themselves respond to the hardships of displacement, asking how they craft independent economic and political lives in transit, how they make use of humanitarian assistance, and how they respond to assumptions of victimhood and passivity that are often associated with the refugee label.   Finally, we will ask what protections, if any, are afforded to those migrants who are fleeing not necessarily political persecution, but rather, “mere” poverty or climate-induced displacement.  Are they also deserving of protection, and are they given it? The course draws on literature from sociology, history, anthropology, and international refugee law in order to understand the capacity of human rights discourses and instruments to contravene state sovereignty in the name of protecting the rightless.

AS.192.350: Energy, Capital, and Climate: Italy in the Mirror of World History (INST-GLOBAL, INST-CP, INST-IR) taught by Professor Bentley Allan from the Department of Political Science.Bologna - Che Bella

This course will provide an overview of world history since 400 BC through an Italian lens. We will focus on the relationship between the climate, societies’ sources of energy, and economic systems. This relationship has taken on special importance in the age climate change, so it is worthwhile to investigate how societies have managed this complex relationship in the past. The course uses Italy’s rich history as an avenue to learn about and analyze how this relationship has been configured and reconfigured in world history. In particular, we will analyze the shift from a world in which agriculture provided most of the world’s energy, to one in which wind emerged as a prime mover, to the construction of a global economy premised upon fossil fuels. This provides a basis for understanding three key episodes: i) the role of agriculture and climate change in the Roman Empire; ii) Italy’s role as a world financial and commercial center from the 13th to the 16th century; iii) and Italy’s place in the European Union and the global economy today. The course will feature field trips to Roman archaeological sites, Bolognese and Florentine mercantile museums, and explorations of the Emilia-Romagna agricultural area.

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The program cost for 2019 is $4,950, which will be billed to students' accounts, and includes housing, international health insurance, daily breakfast, and course excursions.

The program has been partially subsidized by a generous gift from Jeffrey and Shari Aronson as part of the Aronson Center for International Studies.
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Students will stay in shared rooms in a hotel with private bathrooms and daily breakfast. The hotel will be within walking distance of SAIS Europe.Bologna - SAIS Europe Library
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This program is currently not accepting applications.