This course will expose students to the field of cross-cultural studies with a focus on Italy and its inhabitants. Interdisciplinary aspects of cross-cultural analysis from the fields of psychology and sociology (as well as 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 local guest lecturers. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their own cultural origins as well as their acculturation experiences while studying in Italy. Meets with SOC 400.1.