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 ■ bailly.john@gmail.com

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.

In the Vuelta Project, students are not limited to one topic, but rather should address multiple issues.

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.

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

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.

Students must post a link to the webpage on the class WhatsApp chat.

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

This is the major project for the semester. It should be approximately 2,000 words.

CITATIONS
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.

GRADING CRITERIA
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.

EXAMPLES OF STUDENT WORK
Stephanie Sepùlveda  “Voi Siete Qui” for Italia: Grand Tour Redux
Allison Vargas “Aspects of Freedom” for Miami Espana: Vuelta

EDITORS AND LAST UPDATE
Stephanie Sepúlveda & John William Bailly  19 January 2019
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