Study abroad in Rome
St. John’s University in New York is currently accepting applications from undergraduate students (including those who attend other universities) for a two-week communication course on our Rome, Italy campus, to be held on May 19-June 1, 2014. The course, entitled “Mass Communication in Rome,” teaches students how to design international communications campaigns in order to “convert” audiences and/or achieve policy change on some of the most important and challenging global issues of our time – including poverty and climate change. As part of a class project developing a communications campaign for the Italian tourism ministry, we will conduct site visits to key attractions around the city. The course also takes advantage of our location in the Eternal City to include guest speakers from the United Nations and civil society groups in Rome who are working on issues related to hunger and poverty.
Students will gain deep knowledge of current policy and political challenges in order to communicate appropriately and effectively in a global context. They will learn and apply the full array of traditional and emerging communications tactics in developing their own global communications campaigns on key international issues. Students will learn how to identify and capitalize on local advantages while tailoring their communications messages and strategies to diverse cultures.
The course is taught by Kara Alaimo, an Assistant Professor at St. John’s University who previously served as Head of Communications for a United Nations initiative and as a spokesperson in President Obama’s administration. Students book their own flights (and the course ends on June 1, leaving time to stay longer in Europe if they’d like!) The St. John’s University code for this three-credit, elective course is COM8002; students who do not attend St. John’s University should confirm with their home institutions that they will grant credit for the class. The cost of the class is $1,990 plus tuition. This fee includes room, board, and local activities.
Please contact the professor, Kara Alaimo, with any questions.