Italia America

Jonathan Urra of FIU at Academia in Florence
Jonathan Urra of FIU at Academia in Florence

FIU HONORS COLLEGE
ITALY STUDY ABROAD: GRAND TOUR REDUX

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

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Students must examine an aspect of America that has been influenced by Classical Rome, Roman Catholicism, Renaissance Florence, or Capitalist Venice. The project should be multidimensional: examine commonalities, highlight differences, and explore ambiguities. Each student must select one topic and no other student may explore that same topic.

TOPICS TO EXPLORE
Below is a list of subjects for research. If the students wishes to select another, that choice needs to be approved by the professor. Each topic may only be selected by one student.

Architecture – private
Architecture – public
Beauty
Capitalism
Commercial Trade
Food
Civic structure – Executive
Civic structure – Judicial
Civic structure – Legislative
Family structure
Imperialism
Law
Military strategy
Military structure
Multiculturalism
Poetry
Painting
Religious – imagery
Religious – practice
Republican Government
Sculpture
Sexuality
Sports
Theatre
Urban Planning

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

The format the Italia America Project takes is open: fiction, non-fiction, prose, poetry, drawing, painting, film, sculpture, collage, photography, or other means. The final product, however, must be submitted digitally. Projects must be presented in class. This can be a film screening, a reading, or a slideshow.

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 Facebook, Vimeo, or Youtube (free). Please make sure to test your upload prior to attending class.

CITATIONS
Similar to a research paper, all sources must be cited for all project formats. If you uitlize an exisiting film for inspiration or incorporate clips or pictures from someone else, you must 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

MEDIA EQUIPMENT
All current FIU students can loan media equipment from University Technology Services. UTS is located on the ground floor of the Green Library.

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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