Over Under Paris

Sainte-Chapelle Paris France Study Abroad


John William Bailly ■ bailly.john@gmail.com

The Métro de Paris has 14 major lines, with 300 different stations. Inaugurated in 1900, it transports 4.5 million passengers a day, for an annual total of 1.5 billion. The lines form a spider web design that spiral out from Châtelet – Les Halles, the largest underground station in the world.

The demographics of the Métro are arguably its most compelling aspect. Parisians and visitors of all classes, nationalities, ethnicities, religions, races, incomes, educational levels, ages, and gender ride the Métro. It is perhaps one of the most integrated environments in the world. That being true, it also reveals deep divides. Every line and every station has its own unique identity.

This project will offer students a uniquely structured exploration of Paris. Over Under Paris is an interdisciplinary investigation of the people, neighborhoods, government, culture and history of the French capital. While providing certain required guidelines, the project is structured in an open manner that enables student participants to emphasize their respective disciplinary interests.

It is the students’ mission to investigate, discover and document Paris by way of the Métro as it navigates over and under Paris.

Students will form groups of 3 to 4 students. Each group will be assigned one Parisian Métro ligne. Over the course of the class’ month stay in Paris, student groups must explore and document their respective ligne. Each student must select 10 stations to explore.

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. Research must be rigorous.

Although exploration is done in groups, projects are individual.

Métro de Paris
Ligne 1: La Défense ↔ Château de Vincennes
Ligne 2: Porte Dauphine ↔ Nation
Ligne 4: Porte de Clignancourt ↔ Porte d’Orléans
Ligne 6: Charles de Gaulle ↔ Étoile to Nation
Ligne 7: La Courneuve ↔ 8 Mai 1945 to Mairie d’Ivry or Villejuif — Louis Aragon
Ligne 12: Porte de la Chapelle ↔ Mairie d’Issy

The project should consist of a written guide supported by artworks, photographs and/or videos.

Students must create an “author” account on this website and post their projects here. The use of this website is free and uncensored. Professor Bailly pays for unlimited space and there are no advertisements; he does not earn any money from this website.

Post your project on your individual post on this webpage. Also, a document with text and images (pdf or docx) must be submitted to turnitin.com and links to the projects must be posted on WhatsApp. Projects submitted by email will not be graded and deleted. Failure to submit projects in the proper manner will result in a failing grade.

This is the major project for the semester. It must be a minimum of 2,000 words.

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

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

1. Research! The student must demonstrate a thoroughly researched knowledge of subjects.
2. The student must tackle Big Ideas-culture, history, religion, philosophy, economic disparity, sexuality, gender, race, to name a few.
3. The student should not shy away from controversial subjects or opinions.
4. The student should explain the nature of her/his connection to the subject.
5. Subjects should be discussed in a broader cultural and historical context. Others should be able to relate to the points made in the project.
6. Students should aim for originality in text and in the photo.
7. The student is not expected to be a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Writing nor Photography. S/he is only expected to put forth maximum effort.

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Stephanie Sepúlveda & John William Bailly  19 January 2019

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