Spain Study Abroad Syllabus

 

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Yina Cabrera of FIU in Segovia. (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

MIAMI ESPANA: IDA Y VUELTA
IDH 4007 (Spring) and IDH 4008 (Summer C)
Spring: Thursdays 09:30 to 12:15
Summer C: In Spain

FIU HONORS COLLEGE

FACULTY
John William Bailly ■ bailly.john@gmail.com ■ 305.348.4100 ■ Office Hours by appointment

COURSE DESCRIPTION
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.

REQUIRED TEXTS & FILMS
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.

Texts
– Blanco, Richard. The Prince of Los Cocuyos. New York: Harper Collins Publisher’s, 2014. ISBN: 978-0062313768
– 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.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1dyV5HCYO2zO9ELlN_2WNwVmtp8sqzg41

Films
Apocalypto. Mel Gibson. Touchtone Pictures. 2006. Film.
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
Course Calendar is on Google Calendar. Students will be provided with a link to calendar.

GRADING RUBRIC
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).

Spring
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

Summer
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 – 92.00: A
91.99 – 90.00: A-
89.99 – 87.00: B+
86.99 – 82.00: B
81.99 – 80.00: B-
79.99 – 77.00: C+
76.99 – 70.00: C
69.99 – 60.00: D
59.99 – 00.00: F
See project points equivalency on this page.

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

ATTENDANCE POLICY
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.

HONORS COLLEGE STUDY ABROAD POLICIES
IDH 4007 is the pre-trip class on campus, and IDH 4008 is the actual class abroad.

Payments
• Students that do not comply with the payment due dates stated on my.fiu.edu, Financials section, will be charged by the university a late fee of $100.00.
• Students that fail to complete payments within 2 weeks after the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

Documentation
• ALL Office of Study Abroad (OSA) required documentation must be uploaded to abroad.fiu.edu by December 15, 2017, 23:59 pm. Students who do not comply with the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
• The documentation required by OSA is at abroad.fiu.edu.  It includes:  Medical Form, Course Registration Form, copy of valid passport, and four questionnaires: 1) personal information form, 2) emergency contact form, 3) special needs form, and 4) financial information form.
• The Medical Form is valid for only one year as of the date it is signed by a physician licensed in the United States and cannot expire before the end of the trip.
• Passport must remain valid for at least 6 months after the last day of the trip.
• Students that do not have a valid passport by the deadline mentioned above must instead submit proof that the passport application/renewal process has been initiated, and must replace it with a copy of their actual passport no later than the end of IDH 4007. If they fail to comply by the deadline, they will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
• Students must clear any existing holds by April 30, 2018Students that fail to comply by the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
• ONLY FOR STUDENTS THAT SECURE THEIR SPOT AFTER DECEMBER 5, 2017. The deadline to upload the required documentation will be extended until March 19, 2018, and October 30, 2017 respectively (final DROP date). Students that fail to comply by the deadline will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

Physicality
Study Abroad programs can be physically demanding. Students must be physically able to participate in the programs.

Academics
• Students have to be in good Honors academic standing (see http://honors.fiu.edu/students/policies/) in order to secure a spot in an Honors study abroad program. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
• A minimum grade of C in IDH 4007 is required to be enrolled in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.

Behavior
• Students who have been sanctioned under the FIU Student Code of Conduct (https://studentaffairs.fiu.edu/get-support/student-conduct-and-conflict-resolution/student-code-of-conduct%20/_assets/Student-Code-of-Conduct.pdf), which results in loss of privileges and/or other sanctions that result in the student not being considered to be in good standing with the University (e.g., conduct probation,) are not eligible to participate in IDH 4008. Refunds will NOT be awarded.
• Students studying abroad are expected to represent the Honors College and FIU honorably and maturely. The faculty director and/or staff are authorized to end the trip early for students whose behavior becomes disruptive (and/or whose behavior violates the Student Code of Conduct), and the student risks dismissal from the Honors College in accordance with the posted dismissal policy for misconduct.
• By signing up to participate in a study abroad program, students are assuming all the above-mentioned responsibilities and are committing to comply with them without further notices.

RECOMMENDATIONS
If you intend to request a letter of recommendation, please review this page.

HONORS POLICIES
Please review the following policy:
http://honors.fiu.edu/honors-policies/

HONORS COLLEGE CITIZENSHIP
Please review the following policy:
http://honors.fiu.edu/current-students/citizenship/

HONORS COLLEGE STUDENT PORTFOLIOS
Please review the following policy:
http://honors.fiu.edu/current-students/portfolio/

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AUTHOR(S) AND LAST UPDATE
John William Bailly & Stephanie Sepúlveda 01 November 2017
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