Italia Study Abroad Syllabus 2022

IDH 4007 (Spring) and IDH 4008 (Summer C)
Spring: Fridays 12:30 to 15:15
Summer A: In Italy

John William Bailly ■ ■ Office Hours by appointment Guidelines for Class Communication

Teaching Assistant
Nicole Patrick

“If you have not taken the vaccine yet, I urge you to do so this week so that all of us can go into Fall 2021 protected against this serious disease. If you have friends who are not vaccinated, please urge them to get the shot…A fully vaccinated university community is the ultimate expression of Panther Protecting Panthers and accelerates our path to effective learning with minimal interruptions from quarantining or hospitalization.” President Mark Rosenberg

As communicated to you from the time you registered in the program, all programs are contingent upon the COVID situation and FIU’s decision. FIU continues to carefully monitor the public health situation around the world.
Please keep in mind that there is a possibility that the program will not be allowed to travel in the summer even if you are taking IDH 4007 in the spring.
– If your program is allowed to travel in the summer, you will later be enrolled in IDH 4008 for Summer 2022.
– If FIU decides to not allow your program to travel in the summer, you will be allowed to remain in IDH 4007 for the Spring 2022 semester. In that case, IDH 4008 will be canceled for Summer 2022. Please work with the Honors College on a course contingency plan in case you cannot take IDH 4008.

Rome, Pompeii, Florence, Pisa, Siena, Cinque Terre, and Venice – an Honors College seminar taught on location in the most historic and magical destinations in Italy. Grand Tour Redux is built on the premise that understanding our past enables us to understand ourselves. This interdisciplinary course examines the cultural legacy of classical antiquity and the Renaissance and the influence of these eras on the contemporary world. The seminar reconstructs the traditional 18th century Grand Tour.

Students can reflect on the contemporary and personal relevance of Italian culture in a 21st century world. Do Roman republican morals guide US civic principles? Do Renaissance notions of individual autonomy define our own? Does Venetian capitalism serve as a model for US business practices? Students walk in the steps of Julius Caesar in the Roman Forum, witness the catastrophic consequences of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, visualize Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel, visit the architectural marvels of Florence, and cross the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. The course recreates history through telling the story of individuals and relating those stories to our own times. Be there to meet Julius Caesar, Augustus, Hadrian, St. Peter, Marco Polo, Dante, Lorenzo de Medici, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Galileo, and Gentilleschi. Housed primarily in apartments, students have the experience of living in Italy. “All paths lead to Rome,” or do they?

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.

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.

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.

– Dan Brown. Inferno. New York. Doubleday, 2013. ISBN: 9780385537858
– Dante, Alighieri. The Divine Comedy I, Inferno. London: Penguin, 2006. ISBN 9780140448955
– King, Ross. Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture. New York, NY: Penguin, 2001. Print. ISBN: 9780142000151
– Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince. London: Penguin, 2003. Print. ISBN 9780140449150
– Shakespeare, William, and William Montgomery. Julius Caesar. New York: Penguin, 2000. Print. ISBN: 9780140714685

– Angels & Demons. Ron Howard. Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2009. Film.
– Artemisia. Agnès Merlet. Miramax Zoë, 1997. Film.
– Gladiator. Ridley Scott. Universal, 2000.Film.
– “Rome, Episodes 1-12, Season 1.” Rome. Heller, Bruno, John Milius, and William J. MacDonald. HBO. 2005. Television.

Course Calendar is on Google Calendar. Students will be provided with a link to calendar.

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).

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.

Class Participation: 10 points
Italia America Project: 20 points
Deering as Text: 5 points
HistoryMiami as Text: 5 points
PAMM as Text: 5 points
Vizcaya as Text: 5 points
Angels and Demons: 5 points
Brown Inferno quiz: 5 points
Brunelleschi’s Dome quiz: 5 points
Dante Inferno quiz: 5 points
Deering Estate quiz: 5 points
HBO Rome 1-6 quiz: 5 points
HBO Rome 7-12 quiz: 5 points
Julius Caesar quiz: 5 point
Prince quiz: 5 points
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens quiz: 5 points

Grand Tour Project: 20 points
Cinque Terre as Text: 5 points
Firenze as Text: 5 points
Pompeii as Text: 5 points
Roma as Text: 5 points
Siena as Text: 5 points
Tivoli as Text: 5 points
Venezia as Text: 5 points
Classical Rome 1 quiz: 5 points
Classical Rome 2 quiz: 5 points
Catholic Rome quiz: 5 points
Cinque Terre quiz: 5 points
Florence 1 quiz: 5 points
Florence 2 quiz: 5 points
Pompeii quiz: 5 points
Siena and Pisa quiz: 5 points
Venice 1 quiz: 5 points
Venice 2 quiz: 5 points

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.”

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

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.

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.

The Honors College Italy Study Abroad Program COVID rules below are based on Italian laws effective 01 October 2021. 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 French regulations or program guidelines, is not a justifiable excuse and may negatively impact their final grade. 

Note that this is a summary of current Italian COVID regulations and should not be interpreted as an exhaustive or final list. Rules may evolve in response to changes in Italian 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. 

“The Italian government issued other decrees on December 23 and December 29, 2021 with  more restrictive rules. The new rules define a “Super” Green Pass which will be granted only to people who are fully vaccinated or who have recovered from COVID.  Individuals will be able to continue receiving a “Basic” Green Pass by testing negative to coronavirus. Individuals will be able to continue receiving a “Basic” Green Pass by testing negative for coronavirus. From January 20, 2022 the “Basic” Green Pass will be needed to access facilities providing personal services such as hairdressers and beauticians, while from February 1, 2022 to March 31, 2022, it will be required to enter banks, post offices, non-essential shops and shopping malls. From January 10, 2022 until March 31, 2022 the Super Green Pass is required to stay in hotels and B&Bs, to use all public transportation including local buses, metros and trains, to board airplanes and high-speed trains. In addition, most social activities such as museums, indoor and outdoor dining and service at the counter, theaters and sporting/entertainment events will only be allowed for Super Green Pass holders.  For more detailed information, please see the Italian Ministry of Health’s website.  The validity of the Green Pass is decreased from 9 months to 6 months starting from February 1, 2022.” US Embassy in Spain

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

Italian Law

European Union Regulations

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

FIU in Siena (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)


By registering to study abroad students commit to making their payments on time, to complying with the requirements on time, and to remaining with the program. Refunds are not awarded, and switching programs is not allowed.

– IDH 4007 is the pre-travel class on campus; IDH 4008 is the class abroad.
– Deadline dates that fall on weekends and/or holidays are NOT moved to the next business date.

Before securing their spot, students must (1) complete, initialize, and sign the Honors Study Abroad Contract, (2) apply online at, and (3) apply online at Their documentation will be subject to approval at registration.

Students must upload ALL Office of Education Abroad (OEA) required documentation to by NOVEMBER 19, 2021, 11:59PM. Students who fail to comply by then will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4007 and/or IDH 4008, or travel with the program. Refunds will NOT be awarded. Posted charges will not be removed

The documentation required by OEA includes the Medical Form, copy of valid passport, Course Registration Form, 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 program.

Students are strongly encouraged to review vaccination requirements for countries they plan to visit, including against COVID-19. Failure to abide by vaccination requirements may prevent a student from entering a country and continuing participation in the Study Abroad program, in which case, refunds will NOT be awarded. FIU provides many vaccinations, including against COVID-19, for students on campus.

Passport must remain valid for at least 6 months after the last day of the program.

Should the student not have a valid passport by the deadline mentioned above, they 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 APRIL 15, 2022. Students who fail to comply by then will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008, or travel with the program. Refunds will NOT be awarded. Posted charges will not be removed. 

The deadline to upload the required documentation will be extended until JANUARY 7, 2022, 11:59pm (before final DROP date). Students who fail to comply by then will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4008 or travel with the program Refunds will NOT be awarded. Posted charges will not be removed.

Students must clear any existing holds by DECEMBER 1, 2021, 11:59PM and again by APRIL 1, 2022, and are responsible for ensuring that they have no new holds before being enrolled in both IDH 4007* and/or IDH 4008*. Students who fail to comply by the deadlines will not be allowed to participate in the program. Refunds will NOT be awarded. Posted charges will not be removed.
*Students with holds on their account cannot be enrolled for classes.

While taking the IDH 4007 class, students will have to complete the online mandatory pre-departure orientation on the study abroad application portal. Students must complete the session and associated quizzes, sign the paperwork, and upload it to their application at the portal by APRIL 1, 2022, 11:59pm.

The faculty leader and/or support staff do not administer medical care or provide medication.  

In order to participate in an Honors study abroad program, students must maintain a minimum cumulative FIU GPA of 3.2. Students who fail to comply will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4007 and/or IDH 4008, or travel with the program. Refunds will NOT be awarded.  Posted charges will not be removed.

A minimum grade of C in IDH 4007 is required to be enrolled in IDH 4008, or travel with the program. Refunds will NOT be awarded if the student cannot be enrolled, and posted charges will not be removed.

Students who have been sanctioned under the FIU Student Conduct and Honor Code (, 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 be eligible to participate in IDH 4008, or travel with the program. Refunds will NOT be awarded. Posted charges will not be removed.

Students found responsible for an Academic Misconduct Violation will be dismissed from the Honors College upon notification of findings and will not be allowed to participate in, or travel with the program. Refunds will NOT be awarded. Posted charges will not be removed.

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 program early for students whose behavior becomes disruptive (and/or violates the FIU Student Conduct and Honor Code.)

Once students apply online, they must secure their spot with the Honors College with a blank, non-refundable $500 cashier’s check or money order (ONLY,) and all the required documentation.

Study abroad payments are non-refundable and are made in 3 installments. The OEA will post the charges on the students’ accounts approximately 3 weeks before each payment deadline. Once the charges are posted, they cannot be removed.

Students who secure their spot after charges for an installment(s) have been posted will have the overdue payments added to the next deadline’s charges. 

Students are responsible to ensure with Student Financials that any payment made towards their study abroad program is indeed applied to that program.

Students who pay their program through a scholarship are still responsible for having the payments made on time and in their entirety. Therefore, it is the student’s responsibility to contact Financial Aid to ensure compliance. If any delays are foreseen, it is the student’s responsibility to notify the Honors College of the situation. If the scholarship will not cover the full amount due, it is the student’s responsibility to pay the remaining balance. Students who fail to comply will not be allowed to participate in, or travel with the program. Refunds will NOT be awarded. Posted charges will not be removed.

Payments must be made no later than the deadline (December 1, 2021, January 3, 2022, and February 1, 2022) published at If students fail to make them on time, the university will apply a $100.00 late fee to their account. Late fees cannot be removed.

After each payment deadline there is a one-week grace period, an extended deadline, when payments are still accepted. However, the late fee will still be applied, and students may get a hold on their accounts*. If students fail to complete their payment within exactly that one-week grace period, and had not notified the Honors College in advance, they will be withdrawn from the program and will not be allowed to participate in IDH 4007 and/or IDH 4008, or travel with the program, depending on the time the payment was missed. Refunds will NOT be awarded. Posted charges and late fees will not be removed.
*Students with holds on their accounts cannot be enrolled for classes.

FIU and the Honors College strongly discourage making big purchases, such as airline tickets, before the programs are confirmed by OEA. If canceled, FIU cannot refund these or any other expenses related to the programs not paid directly to FIU.

Once students are registered, they are not allowed to switch programs. Students who still want to change programs will have to withdraw from the initial one, first, with no refunds. Then secure their spot in the new program, pay the $500 deposit again, and complete all the new program’s missing payments. Permission to apply for the second program is at the full discretion of the Honors College.

Withdrawal from a program will only be permitted for medical reasons. In order to request a medical withdrawal, students must provide appropriate medical documentation from a physician licensed in the United States. Otherwise, they will remain responsible for all charges.

Students that are dropped from a program for lack of payment, lack of documentation, or due to FIU Student Conduct and Honor Code sanctions, will still be responsible for the charges already posted to their account. That balance will still be due.

FIU and/or the Honors College reserve the right to cancel study abroad programs—the only case in which a refund will be made. The refund will cover the program’s cost and the $500 deposit. Late fees will not be refunded or removed. Students will be responsible for fees or losses incurred in cancelling or changing their airfare ticket and any other expenses not covered by the program fee. Consideration to purchase Trip Cancellation insurance coverage is recommended. Refunds for the $195 OEA fee will be at OEA’s discretion.

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.   

Revised 13 August 2021

FIU Honors students at the Deering Estate (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

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

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.

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.

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.


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 . Please refer to the following documents for additional information:

FIU Student Handbook:

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.

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. students/citizenship/

Honors College students must also complete 20 volunteer service hours. These hours DO NOT count toward the 20 engagement points discussed above.

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.


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 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.

John William Bailly  20 October 2021

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