Semester Course Descriptions

Business Courses

  • Business and Legislative Italian

    (45 total contact hours) This course is designed for students who are interested business and legislative Italian language and aims to provide students with the basic vocabulary and professional expressions that are most often used in Italian business and legal interactions. After identifying the basic technical vocabulary and expressions, the student is helped to assimilate them through targeted exercises and discussions. Throughout the course, students will also discuss various aspects of the business and legislative structures in Italy as well as visit various local offices and conduct interviews with relevant figures.

  • Finance Ethics: From an Italian Perspective

    (45 total contact hours) The course aims to show the student a more ethical and solidarity-based “use” of finance, which today no longer corresponds to the “moral” sense of market economy but is too often seen in the speculative sense instead of a motor of real economy. Through a general historic overview on the birth of economy and finance, tracing the foundations and the main objectives of banks (the bank of Monte dei Paschi di Siena, for example, was one of the first banks ever founded), we’ll arrive at studying the corrective measures that can be taken to counter-act credit aberrations through visits to and lessons on “ethical” structures that have the specific objective to assist, finance and support the people and the ideas for which profit is not the only goal of market economy.

  • International Business

    The general part course concentrates on the issues related to the globalization and its development over human history, and how the concept of time and space has been changing through the centuries, our economic perception of Goods Capital and People. Without such a radical change (either cultural or technological) the Market Economy network wouldn’t reach such a global extension.  On top of that, the relationship between cyberspace and virtual economy will be explored and the peculiarity between the Internet and the global financialization of stock market will be analyzed.
    The specific part of the course is devoted to the European integration, with a strong focus on economic and business developments. The European Union with almost 500 million citizens faces serious challenges in its role as a major player in the global economy. After a brief historical overview, students will be introduced to several core issues on European institutional asset, economic politics, and decision-making processes.

  • Past and Present in Accounting: from the Italian tradition to the EU perspective

    The course aims to examine the development of accounting in the Italian context and in the European Union. The course content will cover the period from the Middle Ages until the current days, affording also some specific sub-areas such as Accounting History, Accounting & Banks and Accounting & Art.
    The topic will be extended also to international accounting and it will be focused on the analysis of the processes of standardization and harmonization and the introduction of the IAS/IFRS in the European Union.
    A large portion of the lessons will be devoted to international accounting institutions and particularly to the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). The course will examine the rules issued by the European Union to endorse the IFRS.
    The course uses interactive methods aimed at transmitting skills, abilities and attitudes which encourage learning and teamwork.