RomeWeek-Long Study Tour | Sociology Program

Required Course(s)
Cultural Diversity and Integration
Fall/Spring semester

Few cities can rival Rome’s astonishing historic and cultural heritage. It is a multicultural city, historically known as a host for many foreigners, who have in turn contributed to the city’s cultural and economic growth. Yet coexistence of different cultures and ethnicities – coesisteza, as it is known in Italy – does not come without obstacles. At the core of the current political and public agenda are immigration and integration, which are referred to (by some) as national problems and even emergencies. Migration flows are not efficiently managed, especially in the height of refugee immigration, and Italy has not yet adopted adequate immigration and integration laws and policies.

During this Study Tour, you will look at the treatment of migrants and minorities in Italy, learn about how immigration and integration are implemented in two contrasting parts of Europe, Italy and Denmark, and develop perspectives on the EU’s attempts to implement a common solution for handling the refugee crisis.

Tour Objectives

  • Develop a comparative perspective on the treatment of immigrants and minorities in the two contrasting countries
  • Learn about the main policy tools and key players in migrant integration in Italy
  • Gain an understanding of Italy’s response to the European refugee crisis

Possible Activities

  • Visit the Joel Nafuma refugee center, the Migration, Asylum and Social Integration Center, and meet with representatives from a right-wing political party
  • Hear a lecture and have a discussion with leading researchers on multiculturalism in Italy, and meet with local university students
  • Visit Saint Peter's Basilica and see the astonishing frescoes in the Vatican Museum, and enjoy a top view of the impressive Colosseum and walk around the Roman Forum