Contemporary Issues in the Mediterranean Basin
Rome and Messina, Italy


Political Science 291:  Topics in Political Science, 3 credits
International Studies 590:  Advanced Field Studies Abroad, 3 credits


Permission of Instructor


A limited number of $500 scholarships will be available on a competitive basis to matriculated CCSU students with a GPA of at least 2.50 who are registered for at least one of the academic courses associated with this program.

This course will analyze the underlying sources of conflict and prospects for peace in the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the war in Iraq, Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, and the problem of international terrorism. The unique political structure of the State of Vatican City, a recognized national territory under international law, will also be explored. While this program is ideal for Political Science and International Studies majors, course content is also appropriate for students of any major who simply wish to learn more about the complex and interdependent world in which we live.

The key objectives of this course are to enable students to gain a more comprehensive understanding of conflict resolution at the global level and a deeper appreciation of the comparative approach to problem-solving, and to engage in meaningful and thoughtful discussions with their Italian counterparts on issues pertaining to global affairs in a different political, social, and cultural environment. This course will be offered jointly with faculty from the University of Messina and will give students an opportunity to compare and contrast American and European approaches to conflict resolution.  

Opportunities to see and appreciate Italy’s rich natural environment will be incorporated into the program.  A  visit to Taormina, considered by many to be the jewel of Sicily, will give students the opportunity to see the archaeological site, including the breathtaking amphitheater.  In Rome, students will visit the State of Vatican City, a landlocked sovereign state with a unique political structure.  There, they will have the opportunity to view some of the world-renowned works of art available for public display.  Throughout the program, students will have the opportunity to experience Greco-Roman art and architecture and interact with locals in a society that has been ruled by numerous empires – the Greeks, Romans, Spaniards, Arabs, and Normans, among others.

Registration Information and Program Costs

The cost of the travel program includes round-trip airport transfers in the U.S. and abroad, economy-class international airfare, double- or triple-occupancy accommodations, continental breakfast daily, and ground transportation and entrance fees to all required site visits. All personal expenses (i.e., medical, souvenirs, laundry, telephone, etc.) are not included.   Course tuition is not included in the Course Abroad program fee.

Fulfillment of the University's International Requirement: 

All credits earned overseas on a CCSU-sponsored study abroad program, including courses offered in conjunction with Course Abroad programs, automatically receive "I Designation" and count toward fulfillment of the University's General Education International Requirement.

Registration Form


$2,995 per person, based on multiple occupancy and exclusive of course fees


A limited number of $500 scholarships are available on a competitive basis

Travel Dates

May 31 - June 9, 2014

Faculty Director

Prof.  Ghassan El-Eid
Political Sciences Department
(860) 832-2963

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