The Pitt Online Global Cities is a study abroad partnership between the University of Pittsburgh and our affiliate partner CAPA: The Global Education Network. Courses are primarily based on our programs Pitt in London, Pitt in Sydney, and Pitt in Florence. This program offers a variety of international virtual mobility options to students focusing on a global interdisplinary mindset. These courses offer academic and pre-professional development while learning from the comfort of home in a synchronous and asynchronous environment.
Students can choose up to three courses including including an internship option for the term and CANNOT excide 9 credits in total. Please note that internships are always unpaid, always for three credits, and always pass/fail. Internships are available for students in their second semester of sophomore year or higher. If you are interested in the internship option please click the link below for more information. You will also be required to submit a second application specifically for the internship.
Global Virtual Internship (optional)
You can select up to three courses per semester. All courses, except internships, are for a letter grade and will reflect on your Pitt transcript as such. Please note these courses are condensed from their traditional semester format to fit into a 6 week summer term. Times for each course will be updated as information becomes available.
Courses are based in three locations:
- London, England
- Sydney, Australia
- Florence, Italy
This course will introduce the UK healthcare system and the context within which it operates. Students will explore the evolution of the National Health Service (NHS) from its inception in 1948 to present day; analyze case studies to compare the UK model of healthcare with other healthcare systems such as in the United States, France, Sweden, and lower income countries; develop an understanding of concepts and themes in comparative healthcare; and critically examine the role of governmental and non-governmental organizations in healthcare.
More information coming soon.
COVID-19 has been described as a ‘once-in-a-generation’ global emergency that has reverberated all aspects of global health practice. This course is designed to increase your awareness and appreciation for the deep and emerging ways in which individual countries and the global community has responded. We will examine the impact of the virus and its management on communications, communities, and health and development systems. Comparisons between the US, Australia, Italy and China will be made to directly relate learning to your local setting as well as contrasting responses internationally. This will be a Globally Networked Learning experience with experts drawn from Australia, Italy and China.
This course will look at some key theories of popular culture, and include case studies of selected examples from the British Isles since 1945. Popular culture versus subcultures will be examined. The main aim will be to enable students to think independently about this topic. The course will include study visits to galleries, museums and other sites as an important learning experience. This course aims to draw in the students' previous educational and life experiences of culture and history, including oral cultures, popular and ethnic cultures and social and religious movements. It will compare British and American experiences of popular culture, the differences, similarities and cross-influences.
This course is offered only during the spring and summer terms.
This course explores the multi-faceted dimensions of human interaction with diverse environments in Australia , New Zealand and the Pacific to illuminate the origins of environmental concerns and current debates in these regions from pre-European contact to now. From the peopling of the Pacific to the challenge of climate change, this course is broad in its scope while concentrating selected issues such as the impact of mining, clean energy futures, our vulnerability to natural disasters and increasing urbanization. In so doing, the intersection of culture and nature is explored. The course is embedded in the environmental humanities , but uses the approaches of environmental history, as well as insights from the disciplines of science, politics, sociology and cultural studies.
Florence, the regional capital of Tuscany, is located in central Italy and is considered by many the birthplace of the Renaissance. This course will explore the art of the Renaissance highlighting innovators Giotto, Masaccio, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael with on-site lectures and visits in Florence, Rome, and Milan. Special attention will be given to the context of art and its relationship to its original location, and to the role and influence of humanism and Neoplatonism on the development of the style of the Renaissance.
This course investigates the aims and principles of developmental psychology as a scientific discipline, and describes the methods used to obtain knowledge about children and their development. Issues such as children's early attachments, the development of the self, the emergence of consciousness, and the role of play are examined, with an emphasis on the role of education and child care practices and policies in the UK in shaping children's development.
This course will explore the field of cross-cultural psychology through a focus on a specific country and its inhabitants: Italy. Aspects of cross-cultural analysis from the field of cross-cultural psychology (as well as interdisciplinary elements from sociology, anthropology, biology and ecology) will be discussed, including: cultural influence on human behavior, attitudes, values, communication and societal organization. Special topics of ethnocentrism, individual vs. collective societies, plural societies, cultural views on mental health, and intercultural communication are highlighted. Methodological issues of cross-cultural research will be reviewed, and students will have the opportunity to conduct a cross-cultural interview and be participant-observers of their own experience here in Italy. The city of Florence and its inhabitants become the classroom through various excursions and field work. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their own cultural origins in regards to behaviors, communication, attitudes and values, as well as their acculturation experiences while studying in Italy.
This interdisciplinary course focuses on the modern development of one of the world's most significant global cities in comparative context. It examines London's changing identity as a world city, with a particular emphasis on comparing the city's imperial, postcolonial, and transatlantic connections and the ways in which past and present, local and global intertwine in the capital.
The viritual internship is an academic course along with a practical exposure within the field of 20hrs/week. It is recommended that students keep this in mind when enlisting in courses. Any student interested in participating in the internship CANNOT participate in the Global Perspectives on Human Rights in Action course.
Internship placement are located in:
- Sydney, Australia
- Florence, Italy
- Dublin, Ireland
- Barcelona, Spain
If you are interested in the internship option you are required to submit an additional application specifically for the internship. For more information please visit the Global Virtual Internship website or contact the Global Virtual Internship Program Manager Oksana Stalczynski at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The University of Pittsburgh partners with CAPA: The Global Education Network for this program. For more than 45 years CAPA: The Global Education NEtwork has worked with institutions of higher education to build programs that mee their goals for learning abroad. CAPA operates education centers in Global Cities and have developed distinct academic offerings, support frameworks, and oversight structures for students and visiting faculty.
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