Course Description

Global 360 - Intro to Humanities in Italy is a cutting edge online course that is fully interactive and immersive through 360 GLE™ technology.

This course can be experienced in one of two ways: as a purely digital course, or, it can be enhanced with a paired on-ground program in Italy integrating distance learning with the opportunity of a full immersion into Italian culture. This blending of digital and physical exploration results in a unique and high-impact educational experience provided by the Study Abroad Association. 

This course introduces the traveler to the history, art, architecture, religion, literature, and gastronomy of Italy, focusing on major contributions from Ancient Rome through to today. Enjoy exploring archeological sites in Rome, climbing to the top of the Duomo in Florence, navigating the canals of Venice via Gondola and much more!

Meet our Local Expert

Francesco Restuccia PhD

Francesco is a PhD in Philosophy of Art. He grew up in Rome and Milan, but during his studies he lived in Paris, Berlin, and São Paulo, Brazil. Since 2014, Francesco has been leading programs for SAA throughout Italy and France. Traveling and studying are his passions and he thinks no learning is possible without exploring. He is currently a research fellow at the University of Rome La Sapienza and he is using his knowledge in history and art to develop educational programs both virtually and in person.

Global Learning Outcomes & Competencies

  • Historical & Conceptual Perspectives

    Participants investigate and apply concepts from history/humanities to describe and understand developments across time, and the influence of history, geography, religion, ethnicity, and other factors on human identity.

  • Societies & Cultures

    Participants explore cross-cultural perspectives, investigate trends and analyze issues of various communities. They will identify customs, behaviors, thoughts, and perspectives that both distinguish and connect regions, countries, languages and cultures from/to one another and one’s own, and the social and geopolitical factors that shape human diversity.

  • Citizenship

    Participants understand the connection between their personal behavior and its impact on global systems. Uses their knowledge, attitudes, and skills to engage with issues that address challenges facing humanity locally and globally.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Syllabus - Global 360 - Intro to Humanities in Italy (Rome, Tuscany & Venice)

  2. 2
    • Unit 1 Overview - Ancient Rome

    • Ancient Rome

    • Quiz 1 – Ancient Rome

    • Ancient Rome - Enrichment Discussion

    • Suggested Reading: Ovid - Metamorphoses - fable 7 - Narcissus

    • Suggested Reading: Eutropius

    • Suggested Reading: Pliny the Younger - Pompeii

    • Suggested Reading: Virgil - Aeneid - Book 6

    • Suggested Reading: Horace - Carpe Diem

    • Suggested Reading: Livy - Early History Rome - Romulus

    • Suggested Reading: Cicero and Caesar - Speeches on the Catilina Conspiracy

    • Suggested Reading: Augustus - Res Gestae (The Deeds of the Divine Augustus)

  3. 3
    • Unit 2 Overview - Middle Ages and Renaissance in Tuscany

    • Middle Ages and Renaissance in Tuscany

    • Quiz 2 – Middle Ages and Renaissance in Tuscany

    • Middle Ages and Renaissance in Tuscany - Enrichment Discussion

    • Suggested Reading: Dante - The Divine Comedy

    • Suggested Reading: Leonardo Bruni - Panegyric to the city of Florence

    • Suggested Reading: Kristeller - Humanism and Scholasticism in the Italian Renaissance

    • Suggested Reading: Lorenzo de Medici - Sonnets

    • Suggested Reading: Leon Battista Alberti - On Painting (excerpts)

    • Suggested Reading: Machiavelli - The Prince

  4. 4
    • Unit 3 Overview - Renaissance in Venice

    • Renaissance in Venice

    • Quiz 3 – Renaissance in Venice

    • Renaissance in Venice - Enrichment Discussion

    • Suggested Reading: Valerie Matarese - Aldo Manuzio and his legacy to the language profession

    • Suggested Reading: Luther Blisset - Q [Novel by a contemporary Italian collective set in Germany and Venice during the 1500s].

  5. 5
    • Unit 4 Overview - Renaissance & Baroque in Rome

    • Renaissance & Baroque in Rome

    • Quiz 4 – Renaissance & Baroque in Rome

    • Renaissance & Baroque in Rome - Enrichment Discussion

    • Suggested Reading: Castiglione - The Book of The Courtier (excerpts)

    • Suggested Reading: Loyola - Spiritual Exercises

    • Suggested Reading: Vasari - The life of the Artists

    • Suggested Reading: Giordano Bruno - The cabala of Pegasus

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Be able to identify significant ideas, customs, and literary and artistic contributions of Ancient Rome and Renaissance Italy.

  • Be able to elaborate the cultural significance of these works/concepts, and historical relationships among them.

  • Exhibit an increased appreciation and factual knowledge of Italian art and culture, through the recognition and understanding of key works, events, personalities, and places through mini assessments.

Student Testimonials

Hillsborough Community College


This perspective was a great and beneficial experience in my development as a student. I was able to get into places that otherwise would be very unlikely for me to travel to. There were great features that were able for use that really embrace your curiosity to know more. I believe that more courses can really embrace that inspiring aspect and involve many students that are eager to know more about the world

Central Piedmont Community College


I loved the class. I learned a lot about different countries. I also compared the different countries to the US and I realized that the US needs some catching up to do. The 360GLE virtual platform was easy and self explanatory. I felt like I was in the country I was learning about. It made me think about studying abroad for a semester. I would recommend 360GLE to anyone wanting to learn about different countries or wanting to take educational trips around the world.

Medaille College


The 360 Global Learning Experiences (360GLE) virtual experience was a surreal journey across places that I may never have a chance to visit and if I do, I will have so much hands-on information that will make me familiar with my surroundings. Incredible!

Central Piedmont Community College


I wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed this class. It has been one of the most interesting classes I have ever taken. I love getting to see the places in real time while learning the history and culture of them. It makes me wish I would have majored in Humanities my first go around.

Joliet Junior College


This was a great experience. I've always wanted to travel to Italy and this has enforced that idea and gotten me excited! I'm looking forward to traveling abroad!

College of Central Florida


I really enjoyed the different methods of learning about the countries. It appeals to people who are visual and auditory learners like myself. I found this to be a very interesting experience. I think that it gives a nice international experience when the ability to travel is not available. This is beneficial in a global pandemic, however not limited to that. I definitely see applications to broaden international learning to students that may not otherwise be able to have these experiences.

College of Central Florida


I think this was the best thing invented since sliced bread. It was so immersive and educational, I would love to see more countries virtually.

Valencia College


The 360 global learning experiences is a rich orientation to the culture, and communities students examine within the course material contexts. I thought it was definitely a different form of learning that benefited me and kept me interacting as I learned.

Joliet Junior College


I enjoy the interactive photographs and videos, it makes the experience real. Also having an opportunity to watch videos and view pictures makes the experience varied and more interesting. It’s always very interesting to move around both on the standard map and using camera points to get a grasp of the history and culture of the location.

Hillsborough Community College


I just finished my Honors Humanities class using this amazing software in the curriculum and it was a very insightful experience! Made me want to study abroad ASAP!