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. Research must be rigorous.

STRUCTURE
Students will form groups of 3 to 4 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.

Although exploration is done in groups, projects are individual.

FORMAT
Students must create a webpage with text and images and/or videos. The research must be thorough. The webpage must be public. Students can use any number of free web hosting services.

The text of the project must also be submitted as a Word document to turnitin.com

CITATIONS
All research must be properly cited: text, photos, and videos. If you look at it, cite it.

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

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

Research! Knowledge of subject
Engagement with Big Ideas (do not shy away from controversial subjects)
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

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

EXAMPLES OF STUDENT WORK
Stephanie Sepúlveda’s “Voi Siete Qui”: 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.
Allison Vargas’ “Aspects of Freedom”: Allison Vargas’ Miami España project is an in-depth honest reflection on the cultural contrasts and commonalities of Miami and Spain. Allison discusses religion, sexuality,  and just about everything that can make one uncomfortable-nothing is too controversial.

AUTHOR(S) AND LAST UPDATE
Stephanie Sepúlveda & John William Bailly  01 May 2018
COPYRIGHT © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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