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  • Locations: Bellingham, Washington, United States; Naples, Italy; Sorrento, Italy;
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Global Learning Faculty-led Language Prerequisite: No
Fields of Study: Agriculture, Agronomy, Architecture, Culture, History, Sustainability Housing Options: Hostel/Hotel, Other
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

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Southern Italy: The City and Everyday Life


Course: ENVS 437D, 8 credits

Syllabus NKamel 2018 Summer ENVS 437 - Preliminary v.0.pdf

Program Dates: 

Program Dates: June 1 - July 6, 2018 
Travel Dates: June 20 - July 6, 2018
Itinerary NKamel 2018 Summer ENVS 437 - Revised v.1.0.pdf

Villa AngelinaProgram Description:

This course explores the relationship between urban social order and urban space through: a) a historical and geographical understanding of urbanization processes, and b) on site inquiries in select locations in Naples and Sorrento regions of Southern Italy.  The aim of the course is to provide a critical and cross-cultural understanding of the evolution of cities, of their multi-layered functions, and of the role of planning, architecture, history, culture, economy, and politics in shaping the form of the city today and the everyday life of its dwellers. 

The course consists of three main components:  lectures and readings, site visits, and documentation and research.  Lectures and readings take place throughout the course on WWU campus and in Italy.  In Italy, site visits highlight how ancient forms of urbanization are integrated in present daily lives, community-based social and environmental activism, and sustainability practices.  

Course Highlights:

We start in one of the oldest European cities, Naples and then follow the coast to Sorrento.  The course covers two main features of Southern Italy and the Mediterranean region:  i) urban change and everyday life, and ii) nature, culture, and sustainable development.  The course will examine the city of Naples and the Amalfi coast to understand how urban life has adapted to changes throughout the thousands of years of history that the region has witnessed – from Greek and Roman times to today.  We will investigate how planning, architecture, history, and politics shape the city today and everyday life of its dwellers.

Activism and Everyday Life in Naples:

  • Follow the evolution and transformation of one of the oldest cities of Europe: from Greek, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance times to the contemporary hub of trade, art, and culture.
  • Explore the layers of the city and how communities occupy and reclaim urban space through activism.
  • Old and new urban problems and solutions.
  • Innovations in historic and cultural preservation.Gridas

Culture, Development, and Environment in the Amalfi Coast:

  • Explore the Amalfi Coast a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Experience how lifestyle and development can integrate nature, art, architecture, urban planning, tourism, historic preservation, and agriculture all at once.
  • Understand the life and work of artisanal food production.
  • Stay, study, and explore in a 100 acres historic and majestic agritourism establishment.

Spacca Napoli Instructor:

Nabil Kamel, Ph.D.
Dr. Kamel is a professor of urban geography and urban planning in the Department of Environmental Studies, Huxley College.  He is a native Neapolitan and has a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from UCLA and his work focuses on issues of social and environmental justice in cities and applies critical theory to investigate questions such as: how do cities change over time, what is the relationship between social order and urban order, who gains and who loses, and why and how uneven urban development is produced and reproduced in different parts of the world. 

Dr. Kamel teaches undergraduate courses on urbanization patterns and processes, urban planning theory, social justice and the city, and graduate research methods.  His latest work investigates questions related to the right to the city, urban public space, new social movements, refugee and immigrant plights and rights.
Phone: (360) 650-2440
Office: AH 230

Program Cost:

Please refer to the program budget sheet.     

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