Miami Espana Vuelta

Placa Real in Barcelona (Photo: JW Bailly CC BY-4.0)
Placa Real in Barcelona (Photo: JW Bailly CC BY-4.0)

FIU HONORS COLLEGE
SPAIN STUDY ABROAD: MIAMI ESPANA IDA Y VUELTA

FACULTY
John William Bailly ■ baillyj@fiu.edu ■ 305.348.4100 ■ Office Hours by appointment

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Students must examine the  influence of the Americas in Spain. The project should be multidimensional: examine commonalities, highlight differences, and explore ambiguities.

The nature of student reflection must be broad and profound, and not exclusively personal. Students should address connections in society and culture across time. This project should not be a diary.

STRUCTURE
Students will form 6 groups of 3 students.  Each group will be assigned one section of each respective city.  Groups will have the duration of the stay to explore.  Student groups must explore the history, culture, location, contemporary people of their respective location/institution.

Students can choose whether to submit an individual project or a group one.

FORMAT
The Honors College is interdisciplinary in nature and welcomes new approaches to course projects.

The format the Miami Espana Vuelta project takes is open: blog, website, fiction, non-fiction, prose, poetry, drawing, painting, film, sculpture, collage, photography, or other means. The final product, however, must be submitted digitally. Students should gather information and impressions in the manner they wish. The nature of these can also be varied, as each student forms a unique perspective. The final product, however, must be submitted digitally.

If making a film, existing images may be appropriated, but they must be altered in some manner. For example, the work must be heavily edited heavily or distorted it in some manner. Actors, editors and/or other film crew may be recruited, under the condition that the student retain the role of director. The film must be the student’s ideas and he/she must oversee every aspect of it, but responsibilities must be delegated.

Films and slideshows must be uploaded onto the Internet, on Vimeo, Facebook or Youtube (free). Please make sure to test your upload prior to attending class/submission.

CITATIONS
Similar to a research paper, all sources must be cited for a film project. If you utilize an existing film for inspiration or incorporate clips or pictures from someone else, you cite those sources in your film credits. Failure to do is plagiarism.

GRADING CRITERIA
These following factors will be considered in determining the project grade.

Familiarity with subject
The nature of the connection between student and subject
The broader context of the student’s reflection (Can others relate to the points made in the project?)
Originality of content
Effort

TOPICS
The following are suggested topics and questions students may explore. The inquiry should include, but not be limited, to these.

Architecture – private
Architecture – public
Art
Beauty
Capitalism
Catholicism
Commercial Trade
Dance
Food(can be divided into specific subjects)
Civic structure
Family structure
Imperialism
Law
Military strategy
Military structure
Music (can be divided into specific subjects)
Multiculturalism
Poetry
Painting
Religious – imagery
Religious – practice
Republican Government
Sculpture
Sexuality
Sports
Technology (can be divided into specific subjects)
Theatre
Urban Planning

CITY SECTIONS
These are to be claimed on the class discussion board.

Madrid
Chueca & Malasana
Huertas & Bario de las Letras
La Latina
Lavapies
Retiro
Sol

Sevilla
Individual exploration

Barcelona
Barceloneta & Vila Olimpica
El Born
Ceuta Vella/Gotic
Eixample
El Raval
Sant Marti & Sagrada Familia

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

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