Anatomy in Italy - SC 475N Cadavers, Culture, and Science
SC 475N: Anatomy in Italy
Travels over Spring Break
Prerequisite: Complete any one of the following – BIOL 161 or BIOL 128 or BIOL 141 or BIOL 129 or BIOL 240W or BIOL 421 or BIOL 472 or KINES 202
A unique blend of Biology and History, investigating the evolution of anatomy and physiology in Renaissance Italy. This course and its co-requisite, IT 175: Italian Language & Culture for Embedded Experiences Abroad (GH, 3 credits) will together meet three times per week throughout the spring semester, and over Spring Break will travel to Florence, Bologna, and other cities throughout Italy. The class explores the origins of human anatomy as a modern science within the context of Renaissance-era Italy, especially its culture, art, and history. During the in-class portion of the course, students will: participate in discussions of science, history, and art; prepare and lead presentations on assigned topics; and perform human cadaver studies. While in Italy, students will compare and contrast anatomical waxes to modern representations, analyze the anatomy of Michelangelo, da Vinci, and other artists, and discuss the historical circumstances that gave rise to, supported, and sometimes hindered the development of anatomy as a science.