Miami in Miami Syllabus 2019.2020

FIU Honors College students in Everglades National Park (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

FIU HONORS COLLEGE MIAMI IN MIAMI 2019.2020 IDH 3034 (Fall) and IDH 3035 (Spring)

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

Teaching Assistant Marco Linares
Nathalie Sandin

COURSE DESCRIPTION Miami exists often as Gabriel García Márquez describes Macondo:

“Macondo is not so much a place as a state of mind, which allows you to see what you want, and how you want to see it.”

The “Miami in Miami” (MIM) seminar examines the historical, social, and cultural identity of Miami. Through field research, students will explore the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of the city and its surroundings. The course will go beyond the four walls of a traditional university setting, and use Miami itself as its classroom. We will walk, talk, and eat our way through the streets and history of Miami, posing questions and searching for answers. By exploring the myth and reality of Miami, this FIU Honors College seminar will formulate an understanding of the core of this vibrant and diverse city. The course will include excursions to Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, the Deering Estate, and Everglades National Park, among others. This seminar is taught by Professor John William Bailly (MFA, Yale University) who has spent a decade leading students on study abroad in Europe.

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.

Fall Díaz, Jaquira, editor. 15 Views of Miami. Miami: Burrow Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780984953837. (FIU Honors owns ten copies available for loan.) Didion, Joan. Miami. New York: Vintage Book, 1987. ISBN: 9780679781806 Douglas, Marjory Stoneman. River of Grass. Moonlight, 2016.

Spring Abu-Jaber, Diana. Birds of Paradise Farzad, Roben. Hotel Scarface Scarface, 1983 Cocaine Cowboys, 2006

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

GRADING RUBRIC Each student accumulates 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).

Fall Ineffable Miami: 25 Points MIM Service Project: 25 Points Quizzes: 25 points Miami as Text: 25 points

Spring Ineffable Miami: 25 Points MIM Service Project: 25 Points Quizzes: 25 points Miami as Text: 25 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.”

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 instituions (Maison d’Izieu, Margulies, Vizcaya, etc…).

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.

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.

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

FIU Honors College students at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens (Photo by JW Bailly CC BY 4.0)

HONORS COLLEGE 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.

HONORS CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS Beginning in Fall 2014, Honors College students are required to accumulate at least 20 citizenship 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 citizenship points. See

HONORS COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIREMENTS All Honors College students must complete at least 20 volunteer service hours per academic year (fall/spring).  The best way to be involved is by working with the City of Sweetwater via our unique Honors College-Sweetwater Partnership. Opportunities there include tutoring, working with the Senior Citizens’ Center, offering citizenship classes, and helping the Li’l Abner Foundation’s work with children. Other opportunities include working with virtually any non-profit organization and campus fundraising projects. To document your community service hours, log onto MyHonors. Volunteer hours DO NOT count toward the 20 citizenship points. See

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. See

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. See

HONORS COLLEGE ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT STATEMENT 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.

PROCEDURES AND PENALTIES 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 Honors College website (, and the Academic Misconduct Procedures, available at

Please refer to the following documents for additional information: FIU Code of Academic Integrity –

College Student Handbook –

GLOBAL LEARNING OUTCOMES Upper Division classes have been designated as Global Learning courses. For questions regarding GL requirements, please contact Allen Varela at the Honors College.


Global Awareness:  Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the interrelatedness of local, global, international, and intercultural issues, trends, and systems. Course Learning Outcome:  Students will demonstrate knowledge of the interrelated global dynamics (social-cultural, political, economic, etc.) that shape aesthetics, values, and authority in diverse cultural contexts. Global Perspectives:  Students will be able to develop a multi-perspective analysis of local, global, international, and intercultural problems. Course Learning Outcome:  Students will be able to analyze the multiple global forces that shape their understanding of aesthetics, values, and authority — economic, political, sociological, technological, cultural, etc. Global Engagement:  Students will be able to demonstrate a willingness to engage in local, global, international, and intercultural problem solving. Course Learning Outcome:  Students will be able to develop solutions to local, global, international, and/or intercultural problems related to aesthetics, values, and authority.

AUTHOR(S) AND LAST UPDATE Stephanie Sepúlveda &John William Bailly  07 February 2019 COPYRIGHT © ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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