Spain Study Abroad

Palau Maricel in Sitges
Palau Maricel in Sitges (Photo: JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

IDH 4007 (Spring) and IDH 4008 (Summer C)
Spring: Fridays 09:30 to 12:15
Summer C: In Spain


John William Bailly ■ ■ 305.348.4100 ■ Office Hours by appointment

The history of the Spanish American transatlantic dialogue is both ruinous and enriching. With an emphasis on Miami, this course examines the social and cultural manifestations of this relationship. What impact has Spanish religion, art, and popular tradition had on the Americas from 1492 to the present (ida)? Conversely, what has returned to Spain from Latin America (vuelta)? How specifically has this melange manifested itself in Miami, positioned as the contemporary center of European and Latin American relations?

Reflecting “the sacred [Catholicism, language, art] and the profane [futbol, tapas, paseo]” allows the students to develop unique cultural perspectives based on study and experience. After a semester exploring the Spanish influence on the Americas in Miami, students spend three weeks in Madrid, Sevilla, and Barcelona studying Spanish culture and searching for American manifestations in Spain. In addition the class will make day trips to Segovia, Toledo, El Escorial, Sitges, and Montserrat.

NOTE: Course content features sexually explicit and/or violent artworks and texts. In addition, many Miami class meetings are off campus; students must provide their own transportation.

The following required text course materials may be purchased in either print or e-book format. Films are available at either FIU Libraries or Miami-Dade County Public Libraries.

– Blanco, Richard. The Prince of Los Cocuyos. New York: Harper Collins Publisher’s, 2014. ISBN: 978-0062313768
– Garcia Lorca, Federico. The Collected Poems: A Bilingual Edition. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1989. ISBN: 978-0374526917
– Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. 100 Years of Solitude. Harper Perennial, 2006. ISBN: 978-0060883287
– Nunez, Cornelius. Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition. New York: Penguin Classics, 2002. 978-0142437070
– Harvard University Department of Economics, Professor Nathan Nunn.
Nunn, Nathan and Nancy Qian. “The Columbian Exchange: A History of Disease, Food, and Ideas,” Journal of Economic Perspectives, Vol. 24, No. 2, Spring 2010, pp. 163-188.

Pan’s Labyrinth. Guillermo del Toro. Esperanto Films, 2006. Film.
The Liberator. Alberto Arvelo. San Mateo Films, 2013. Film.
The Mission. Roland Joffe. Warner Brothers, 1986. Film.

Course Calendar is on Google Calendar. Students will be provided with a link to calendar.

Each student accrues points over the length of the semester. The final semester point total equals a letter grade based the official FIU grade scale (Note: Please disregard the Blackboard percentage).

Class Participation: 10 points
Miami Espana Ida Project: 20 points
Deering as Text: 5 points
PAMM as Text: 5 points
SoBe as Text: 5 points
Vizcaya as Text: 5 points

Cabeza de Vaca quiz: 5 points
Columbian Exchange quiz: 5 points
Prince of Los Cocuyos quiz: 5 points
For Whom the Bell Tolls quiz: 5 points
100 Years of Solitude quiz: 5 points
Garcia Llorca quiz: 5 points
Mission & Libertador quiz: 5 points
Pan’s Labyrinth quiz: 5 points
Spain Lectures 1 
quiz: 5 points
Spain Lectures 2 quiz: 5 points

Miami Espana Vuelta Project: 20 points
Barcelona as Text: 5 points
Granada as Text: 5 points
Madrid as Text: 5 points
Montserrat as Text: 5 points
Sevilla as Text: 5 points
Sitges as Text: 5 points
Toledo as Text: 5 points
Barcelona 1 quiz: 5 points
Barcelona 2 quiz: 5 points
El Escorial quiz: 5 points
Granada quiz: 5 points
Madrid 1 quiz: 5 points
Madrid 2 quiz: 5 points
Sevilla 1 quiz: 5 points
Sevilla 2 quiz: 5 points
Sitges quiz: 5 points
Toledo quiz: 5 points

Final grade/total points equivalency
100.0 – 93.00: A
92.99 – 90.00: A-
89.99 – 87.00: B+
86.99 – 83.00: B
82.99 – 80.00: B-
79.99 – 77.00: C+
76.99 – 73.00: C
72.99 – 70.00: C-
69.99 – 67.00: D+
66.99 – 63.00: D
62.99 – 60.00: D-
59.99 – 00.00: F

Class Participation Criteria
1. participation in class discussions
2. attendance to class and class excursions
3. preparation for class
4. concentration in class (no texting, no sleeping, and so forth)
5. prompt submission of required information and documents to the Honors College and the Office of Study Abroad

Example of Student Work
Although the subject is specific to Italy study abroad, Stephanie Sepulveda’s Grand Tour Redux project is a model of what a successful project should be. Stephanie’s reflections are personal yet universal and do not shy away from the big ideas and tough questions. Her scope is also interdisciplinary in nature. Review her project here Stephanie Sepulveda’s Grand Tour Redux

Each student is allowed one absence per semester. Every absence in excess of this will drop the student’s final semester grade by one full letter grade. Three or more absences will result in an “F” for the semester.

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