Travel Studies

CATH 2100 A60 Field Studies in Catholic Culture: Italy (6-credit hours)

May 10 – 24, 2019
Pre-trip classes: April 29 – May 3, 2019, 6:00-9:00 pm

Course description:
Rome’s transition from the capital of a democratic Republic into a vast military Empire encompassing England to Turkey, Tunisia to Germany correspondingly nurtured the development of a complex culture. Its infrastructure and, eventually, patronage of its emperors facilitated the spread of Christianity, transforming Rome into a new religious and temporal power around the spiritual successors of St Peter – the popes. The geographic and economic expansion of the papacy throughout the Middle Ages enabled the exploration of new intellectual and artistic endeavours that culminated in the Renaissance of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Territorial designs by neighbouring nations would eventually draw the Italian peninsula into economic decline from which Napoleon was able to carve out independent kingdoms, though the Papal States would ultimately be disassembled during the nineteenth-century nationalist movement that led to the unification of the Italian peninsula. Today, Vatican State contains little more than 100 acres of historical properties overlaying the shrine of St Peter. This three-week travel study course will explore Italy’s rich cultural history in order to elucidate how the great apostolic churches of Rome and their guardians have shaped one of the world’s largest religious institutions.

This course will explore sites that were integral to the history and culture of the Roman Catholic Church in Italy. It has been designed to offer participants the opportunity to explore and appreciate the legends, sites, monuments, and landscape that have led to Rome’s designation as the Eternal City. Day trips are planned around stays in Rome, Sperlonga, Tivoli, and Assisi to engage with sites associated with some of the Catholic Church’s most important saints.

Travel Fee:
$2,000.00 (subject to change) includes accommodation, transportation within Italy, as well as some meals, museum and site entrance fees. Airfare, health and trip cancellation insurance, as well as University of Manitoba tuition are not included.

Students are responsible for arranging travel to and from Rome and must be in Rome to begin classes on the morning of May 11, 2019 and remain until the completion of the final class on May 23, 2019.

How to Apply:
All participants applying for the travel study course must meet with and have the approval of the instructor, Dr. Meredith Bacola by February 28, 2019. Dr. Bacola can be reached at

Participants must attend the scheduled pre-trip classes. Students are required to register in 6 credit hours. Check course details online in Aurora.

Tuition fees are payable to the University of Manitoba. Tuition fees vary for international students.

Travel fees may be paid by cheque (payable to St. Paul’s College), VISA, Mastercard or in cash. The travel fee payment schedule is as follows:
- A payment of $500 is due on Thursday, February 28, 2019 (includes a $200 non-refundable deposit). Participants may be accepted later, space permitting.
- A second payment is due on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

In order to participate in a travel study course, all students must sign an Acknowledgement of Responsibility and Liability Waiver that outlines risk and shared responsibility associated with travel study.

Canadian residents are advised that a passport is required. Non-Canadians should contact Foreign Affairs for information on obtaining travel documents, phone 1-800-567-6868.

Everyone is advised to contact the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WHRA) for information on immunization requirements, (204) 940-8747. Please contact the WRHA early as some immunization must be taken in advance of travel.

For more information/further questions, contact: or (204) 474-9165