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Courses Offered in Venice

**We regret that we will be unable to offer our Venice Study Abroad program in Summer 2014. We look forward to offering the program again in Summer 2015.**

Venice 2014 Course

Law, Literature, and Culture (Examples from Italy, and some detours), taught by Dean Richard Schneider:

The study of legal themes in great literature has been a significant complement to more traditional classwork in law schools.  Students learn to approach traditional problems in non-traditional ways, leading often to better outcomes.  So, how about reading a bit of Dante in the city where he became fatally sick, asking why he was so obsessed by punishment, and then visiting his tomb in Ravenna?  How about reading why a famous writer named Gustav came to Venice, stayed, and died when he could have left?  How about examining Italo Calvino’s Baron in the Trees to ask how and why literature can affect law?  Finally, how about reading a Donna Leon mystery (or two) and literally following in the footsteps of Commissario Brunetti as he solves Venetian crimes?  Law, Literature, and Culture transplanted onto Italian soil will focus on interpretation, analysis, and group discussion of seminal works of literature and how those works can be read in a legal context.  The authors we read will include Dante, Cesare Pavese, Leonard Sciascia, Dario Fo, and Donna Leon.  We will also spend some sessions discussing Italian cinema instead of books (e.g., The Bicycle Thief, Divorce Italian Style, and The Tree of Wooden Clogs).  No prerequisite is required.  Grades will be based on participation and a paper to be completed by September 2014.

European Union Law, taught by Dean Richard Schneider

This course will provide a basic introduction to the laws of the European Union,  including the history of the EU, the treaty structure, the governmental principles, the lawmaking functions, the work of the European Court of Justice, and the impact of human rights on the present structure of the EU.  Italy and Italian courts have had a wide-ranging influence on the EU so the course will focus at several junctures on those developments.  Guest speakers will include professors from the University of Padua.  The EU is currently experiencing many controversies involving matters such as sovereignty, debt, and human rights.  The class will be oriented towards discussion of such issues, and does not presume any specific knowledge about the EU except what will be learned in class.   The course will be graded on participation and an exam to be given the last day of class.


Non-Wake Forest students should confirm that credit for these courses is accepted in their home law school. Grades for non-Wake Forest students will be only on a Pass/Fail basis (with a “C” being the minimum grade to earn a passing grade.)