España Study Abroad Syllabus 2023

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

FACULTY
John Bailly ■ baillyj@fiu.edu ■ 305.348.4100 ■ Office Hours by appointment                  
Guidelines for Class Communication

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

TEACHING ASSISTANT
Francisco Fuertes

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.

DATA REQUIREMENT
All students are required to have unlimited data for their phones when the group is in Europe. Students can either have an international plan or buy a phone or sim card in Spain. This is matter of safety and efficiency.

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
– Brown, Dan. Origin. New York: Doubleday, 2017. ISBN: 9780593078754
– 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.
Pan’s Labyrinth. Guillermo del Toro. Esperanto Films, 2006. Film.
También la lluvia (Even the Rain). Icíar Bollaín. Vitagraph Films, 2010.Film.
The Liberator. Alberto Arvelo. San Mateo Films, 2013. Film.
The Mission. Roland Joffe. Warner Brothers, 1986. Film.

COURSE CALENDAR
The Course Calendar is online. Students will be provided with a link to the calendar.

MIAMI AS TEXT
The core component of this seminar is individual reflections entitled Miami as Text (MAT). Reflections adhere to a standard format, comprised of original photos and text.

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 FIU Canvas percentage).

Final grade/total points equivalency
100.0 – 93.00: A
92.99 – 90.00: A-
89.99 – 87.00: B+
86.99 – 83.00: B
82.99 – 80.00: B-
79.99 – 77.00: C+
76.99 – 70.00: C
69.99 – 65.00: D
64.99 – 00.00: F
See project points equivalency on this page.

Spring
Departure as Text: 5 points
Encounter as Text: 5 points
Historic Miami as Text: 5 points
Magic Realism as Text: 5 points
Miami España as Text: 5 points
Transatlantic Exchange as Text: 5 points
Vizcaya as Text: 5 points
100 Years of Solitude quiz: 5 points
Apocalypto & Mission quiz: 5 points
Cabeza de Vaca (Chronicle of the Narvaez Expedition) quiz: 5 points
Columbian Exchange (Harvard Essay) quiz: 5 points
Deering Estate quiz: 5 points
España Timeline quiz: 5 points
Formal Elements of Photography quiz: 5 points
Historic Miami quiz: 5 points
Liberator & Tambien La Lluvia quiz: 5 points
Prince of Los Cocuyos quiz: 5 points
Origin quiz: 5 points
South Beach quiz: 5 points
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens quiz: 5 points

Summer
Andalucía as Text: 5 points
Barcelona as Text: 5 points
Departure as Text: 5 points
Encounter as Text: 5 points
Madrid as Text: 5 points
Sitges as Text: 5 points
Toledo as Text: 5 points
Barcelona quiz: 5 points
Barcelona Culture quiz: 5 points
Cordoba as Text: 5 points
El Escorial quiz: 5 points
Granada quiz: 5 points
Madrid  quiz: 5 points
Madrid Culture quiz: 5 points
Montserrat quiz: 5 points
Segovia quiz: 5 points
Sevilla  quiz: 5 points
Sevilla Culture quiz: 5 points
Sitges quiz: 5 points
Toledo quiz: 5 points

Quizzes
Quizzes are multiple choice and are only to be taken in class. Under no circumstances are students to share information about the quiz once the quiz has begun. Professor Bailly administers nearly fifty quizzes a semester. To economize time, all quizzes remain open the duration of the semester, but students are only to take the quizzes in the designated time. Students that take a quiz outside of the designated time will automatically be assigned a “0.”

MESSAGE TO STUDENTS AND CONTRACT/ESSAY MILL WRITERS
The FIU Student Conduct and Honor Code define plagiarism as “The deliberate use and appropriation of another’s work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the Student’s own.” Submitting the work of someone else as your own work is plagiarism. This is a serious instance of Academic Misconduct by the student. In Florida, Essay Mill/Contract Cheating sellers are in violation of Florida Statute 877.17: “It shall be unlawful for any person or business entity to sell, offer to sell, or advertise for sale any term paper, thesis, dissertation, essay, or report” Read more.

Class Participation Criteria
Class participation is a critical component of this course. This does not mean simply speaking in class, although that is essential. Students should participate by actively following discussions and contributing to the semester-long conversation.
1. Professional behavior and active participation (questions and comments) when we have guest speakers.
2. Adherence to Guidelines for Class Communication.
3. Participation in class discussions.
4. Attendance to class and class excursions.
5. Preparation for class (have materials and complete readings).
6. Concentration in class (no texting, no sleeping, and so forth).
7. Posting of comments on this website on webpages that are visible to institutions (Maison d’Izieu, Margulies, Vizcaya, etc…).
8. 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. In-class attendance is recorded by an attendance sheet or a digital method. Excursion attendance is documented by “Selfie Attendance” in a WhatsApp group. For instructions on Selfie Attendance please review this page.

If a student misses class, it is that student’s responsibility to find out what was covered by contacting another student.

COVID-19 PROGRAM RULES AND SPANISH LAW
The Honors College España Study Abroad Program COVID rules below are based on Spanish laws effective 01 February 2022. By enrolling in the class, program participants attest that they have read and understood these requirements, and are individually responsible for following them. Inability to complete program activities due to individual failure to comply with Spanish regulations or program guidelines, is not a justifiable excuse and may negatively impact their final grade. 

Note that this is a summary of current Spanish COVID regulations and should not be interpreted as an exhaustive or final list. Rules may evolve in response to changes in Spanish law or other institutional policies. Program participants are responsible for keeping up with individual requirements regarding COVID protocols before departure. FIU Faculty and staff are not responsible for cancellations or changes that may occur abroad as a result of COVID responses or regulations. 

Participants must comply with local laws during class time. Students may be asked to leave class if they refuse to follow said laws or the rules of any particular institution. Faculty or staff are not responsible for fines that may be incurred for an individual’s failure to follow regulations during or outside of class time. FIU Faculty or Staff are not responsible for providing or purchasing masks for students.

FIU faculty and staff will not assist in the scheduling or attending of routine COVID testing. The student will need to coordinate and attend the COVID testing alone and outside of class time. In addition, the student is financially responsible for the COVID testing, neither FIU nor Faculty or staff will pay for said testing. 

MESSAGE FROM US EMBASSY
“Effective February 1, 2022, U.S. citizens can travel from the United States to Spain on non-essential travel (such as tourism) if they show proof that they are fully vaccinated and have received the last required dose of their COVID-19 vaccine no less than 14 days, and no more than 270 days (9 months), prior to arrival in Spain. If more than 270 days (9 months) have passed since receiving the last required dose of their COVID-19 vaccine, U.S. citizens must show proof of having received a booster shot at least 14 days prior to arrival in Spain.  Please read the detailed information on the Spain Ministry of Health’s website.  Additionally, U.S. citizens traveling from the United States to Spain must present upon arrival in Spain a QR code generated through the Spain Travel Health portal, obtained through the website or by downloading the “SpTH app” in Google Play Store or iTunes App Store for each traveler, regardless of their age.  This applies to U.S. citizens travelling to Spain from the United States, including if they transit through a third country.” US Embassy in Spain

Program Calendar and Attendance
Students are responsible for complying with the laws of Spain as well as the rules of the Honors Spain Program. The Program Calendar will not change to accommodate a student’s compliance. If a student fails to comply with Spanish law or Honors Spain Program rules, that student will not be able to attend class and will have an absence recorded.

Spanish Law
https://es.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
https://www.mscbs.gob.es/en/profesionales/saludPublica/ccayes/alertasActual/nCov/spth.htm

European Union Regulations
https://reopen.europa.eu/en

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

Gabriel Marrero of the FIU Honors College in Montserrat (Photo by JW Bailly/CC BY 4.0)

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
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https://honors.fiu.edu/studyabroad/faq/

Melis Gercek of FIU Honors at Palau de la Música in Barcelona (Photo by JW Bailly/CC BY 4.0)

HONORS COLLEGE SYLLABUS REQUIREMENTS
Registration in this course implies an acceptance of and compliance with the Honors College policies for students and the FIU Code of Academic Integrity.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES
Every effort will be made, where feasible and practical, to accommodate students whose religious practices coincide with class requirements or scheduling. Please make sure to notify your instructor at the beginning of the semester of which dates you will be absent or any anticipated problems with completing course work.

PHYSICAL, MENTAL AND SENSORY CHALLENGES
The Disability Resource Center collaborates with students, faculty, staff, and community members to create diverse learning environments that are usable, equitable, inclusive and sustainable. The DRC provides FIU students with disabilities the necessary support to successfully complete their education and participate in activities available to all students. If you have a diagnosed disability and plan to utilize academic accommodations, please contact the DRC at 305-348-3532 (MMC) or at 305-919-5345 (BBC) to schedule an appointment. You can also visit them in person in GC 190 at MMC or in WUC 131 at BBC campus.

GL LEARNING OUTCOMES
Global Awareness: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the interrelatedness of local, global, international, and intercultural issues, trends, and systems.

Global Perspective: Students will be able to conduct a multi-perspective analysis of local, global, international, and intercultural problems.

Global Perspective: Students will be able to conduct a multi-perspective analysis of local, global, international, and intercultural problems.

HONORS COLLEGE POLICIES AND REQUIREMENTS

ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT PROCEDURES AND POLICIES
In The Honors College, the term “honor” refers both to academic accomplishment and character. Students in Honors should therefore adhere to and be held to the highest standards of personal academic accountability. Academic dishonesty in any form, including plagiarism, is antithetical to the very definition of being an Honors student at FIU. Consequently, an Honors College student found responsible for academic misconduct will be dismissed from the College.

An Honors faculty member may bring charges of academic misconduct against an Honors student if the faculty member suspects plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct. The faculty member will decide whether to pursue informal resolution, file formal resolution charges, or take no further action, and will follow the procedures outlined in the Academic Misconduct Procedures available at https://studentaffairs.fiu.edu/get-support/student-conduct-and-academic-integrity/academic-integrity/index.php . Please refer to the following documents for additional information:

FIU Student Handbook: https://studentaffairs.fiu.edu/about/student-handbook/index.php

STUDENT PORTFOLIOS
The Honors College will be using a portfolio method to assess students’ learning outcomes. The portfolio allows for maximum flexibility in gauging student learning. Students decide (with instructor consultation) what “artifacts” or assignments to include for consideration in their portfolios to demonstrate successful achievement of each of five key student learning outcomes over the 4-year Honors experience. Portfolios provide a rich context for students to show what they have learned and to explain their learning process. Because the Honors curriculum is meant to be thought-provoking and reflective, student self-assessment through portfolios will facilitate learning and provide in-depth assessment. Each Honors College course includes at least one assignment that could potentially fit portfolio requirements. http://honors.fiu.edu/current-students/portfolio/

HONORS ENGAGEMENT
Requirements Honors College students are required to accumulate at least 20 engagement points each academic year (Fall and Spring) by attending Honors College activities. Students attending only one semester (Fall or Spring) are required to accumulate 10 engagement points. Each activity has a point value. Students may select which events and activities they want to attend. The new system is designed to be more flexible for students, offering events at various days and times (including some weekend events) and allowing for a variety of ways to meet the requirements. Please plan accordingly.  http://honors.fiu.edu/current- students/citizenship/

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Honors College students must also complete 20 volunteer service hours. These hours DO NOT count toward the 20 engagement points discussed above. http://honors.fiu.edu/current-students/community-service/

HONORS EDUCATION IN THE ARTS (HEARTS)
The HEARTS program is designed to give Honors College students opportunities to “explore and appreciate different artistic and cultural traditions and modes of artistic expression. HEARTS will also serve as a clearinghouse (and curatorial framework) for our students to experience the arts on campus and in the community by providing them with information about cultural activities and access to performances with free or discounted tickets.  http://honors.fiu.edu/current-students/hearts/

EXTERNAL RESOURCES

PANTHERS CARE & COUNSELING & PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
If you are looking for help for yourself or a fellow classmate, Panthers Care encourages you to express any concerns you may come across as it relates to any personal behavior concerns or worries you have, for the classmate’s well-being or yours; you are encouraged to share your concerns with FIU’s Panthers Care website.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers free and confidential help for anxiety, depression, stress, and other concerns that life brings. Learn more about CAPS at caps.fiu.edu. Professional counselors are available for same-day appointments. Don’t wait to call 305-348-2277 to set up a time to talk or visit the online self-help portal.

EDITOR AND LAST UPDATE
John William Bailly  28 November 2022
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