Contemporary Cuba: Collective Visions

Cuba
La Habana
Contemporary Cuba: Collective Visions
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
Term App Deadline Start Date End Date Cost
Summer February 25 late May late June Budget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • English, Spanish
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • Yes
  • Class Eligibility
  • Freshman, Graduate, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Graduate, Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Homestay
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

During a one-month program to this culturally rich island nation, the student will develop their Spanish skills while earning upper-division or graduate credits. This interdisciplinary field-based program uses a social justice lens to examine Cuba's recent history and contemporary processes of change and continuity, focusing on environmental, political and socioeconomic transformations. The course includes in-country transportation, meals, housing, site visits and workshops, as well as excursions to beaches and neighboring provinces.

Academics

Tentative 2016 dates: May 27 - June 25

Courses are interdisciplinary and combine classroom lectures with workshops and experiential learning. Prior to departing, students will take and online course designed to prepare them to better understand and interpret the complexities of the Cuban reality that they will experience. This course will use video, online discussion, and background readings, allowing students to engage fully when in-country. While in Cuba, courses will include site visits, interactions with Cuban experts in a variety of fields, and seminar discussions.  Two four-day field trips are also scheduled to western and central Cuba. Participants will interact with Cubans from different walks of life, ranging from academia and the arts through politics, sustainable farming, and small business owners.

 

Courses offered:

LAS 495G/595G  Special Topics in Latin American History: History of Cuba.  (3 credits).  This international field class provides three hours of Latin American Studies credit in the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies.LAS 495G is the undergraduate version; LAS 595G is intended for graduate students. Both courses convene at the same time, with additional research expectations for graduate students.

 

GEOG 455/555 Advanced Regional Study: The Political and Economic Geography of Cuba.  (1 - 9 credits, maximum of 6 credits for this program) This international field class provides three hours of geography credit in the University of Arizona’s School of Geography and Regional Development (can be repeated). GEOG 455 is the undergraduate version; GEOG 555 is intended for graduate students. Both courses convene at the same time, with additional research expectations for graduate students.

 

LAS 462/562-A or B or C Special Topics in Contemporary Latin America: Language and Culture. LAS  462/562-A or B or C (Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced) (2-3 credits). The course is tailored to the student’s Spanish proficiency. Students will be assigned a level according to their language skills.

Students can also sign up for independent study in LAS and GEOG

 

Faculty:

Dr. Marcela Vásquez-León is an associate professor in the School of Anthropology and with a joint appointment in the Center for Latin American Studies. She has extensive experience teaching and conducting research about contemporary Latin America, including Cuba.

Dr. Dereka Rushbrook teaches in the School of Geography and Development. Her teaching and research focus on Latin America, including Cuba. She first visited the island in 2008.

Location

The program is based in Vedado central business district an urban neighborhood in the city of Havana,Cuba. Bordered on the east by Central Havana, and on the west by the Miramar / Playa district. Vedado is the most modern part of the city, developed in the first half of the 20th century. The main street running east to west is Calle 23, also known as "La Rampa". The northern edge of the district is the waterfront seawall known as the Malecón, a famous and popular place for social gatherings in the city. 

Excursions

The program includes daily field visits throughout Havana and its environs, as well as travel to Pinar del Rio, Santa Clara, Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Varadero and the cayos. These trips immerse students in the complexities of everyday urban and rural life and provide a deep appreciation for the cultural and political complexities of the island.

Housing

Home stays with families in the Vedado neighborhood.

​The program is based in Vedado central business district an urban neighborhood in the city of Havana,Cuba. Bordered on the east by Central Havana, and on the west by the Miramar / Playa district. Vedado is the most modern part of the city, developed in the first half of the 20th century. The main street running east to west is Calle 23, also known as "La Rampa". The northern edge of the district is the waterfront seawall known as the Malecón, a famous and popular place for social gatherings in the city. 

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