T3913 INSIDE THE REVOLUTION: LIFE IN SOCIALIST CUBA
January 3-24, 2013
Miami, Havana, Varadero, Las Terrazas, Vinales
Cuba offers students a unique opportunity to see a strikingly different culture, one of the few remaining socialist states, and a formerly forbidden destination. You will get to see for yourself the reality of Cuban life in the ongoing socialist revolution. We will spend three weeks based in Havana, a Unesco World Heritage site, but we will also travel to Cuba’s premier beach, its beautiful tobacco-growing region, and a self-sustaining eco-village. We will visit with academics, government officials, and ordinary Cubans to learn their insights into Cuba’s socialist system in such areas as racism, political freedoms, jobs, education, health care, and food distribution, as well as their views on U.S.-Cuban relations. The passion of the average Cuban for lofty ideals of equality and shared sacrifice will help us evaluate more critically the ethical choices behind economic systems. You will also live the culture of Cuba through its music, dance, and street life. Exploring Cuba is made easier by its extremely low crime rate and few restrictions on travelers. Recent changes to U.S. regulations have again allowed students to travel legally to Cuba. In a unique twist, we conclude our course by visiting with Cuban-Americans in Miami’s Little Havana about their perspective on Cuba and their dreams for life after Castro. By the end of the course, the students will be able to recognize the achievements and failures of the socialist state and how each has affected the average Cuban.
Costs: $4,895-$5,195* FINAL PRICE: $4,995
*Each home institution may have supplementary fees in addition to the price listed.
Comprehensive Fee Includes: TBD (subject to change)
The course does not have any academic prerequisites.
Julia Sweig, Cuba: What Everyone Needs to Know (New York: Oxford University Press, 2009). ISBN-10: 019538380X
20% Attendance and lively participation in classes and site visits
25% Final paper
Cory Conover, Ph.D., Augustana College (605) 274-4620
Stephen Minister, Ph.D., Augustana College (605) 274-5492
Description of Faculty Directors
Dr. Conover is an Assistant Professor of History at Augustana College. He is a Latin American historian who has taught Cuban history and conducted researched on aspects of its past. He is directing a student’s independent project on race in Cuba in the fall semester of 2011. Cory has also given courses about Latinos in the U.S. including Cuban-Americans in Florida. Cory has directed spring break trips to Nicaragua in 2009 and to Guatemala in 2010.
Dr. Minister is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Augustana College and has done research and teaching on areas such as human rights, social justice, global ethics, and Marxism. He has also led two previous study-abroad trips focused on ethics and social/economic development. Stephen led courses to Chiapas, Mexico in January 2009 and Guatemala for Spring Break 2010. He is also planning on leading another course to Guatemala for Spring Break 2012. All the courses addressed issues related to the ethics of development.
Application Procedures & Deadline
· Select the Apply Now button at the top to start your online application.
· Login using your username and password.
· Complete all application materials by the application deadline. There will be a priority enrollment period from April 2-16, 2012 for all UMAIE programs. We encourage students to apply by the priority deadline of Monday, April 16. Applications will be accepted after April 16 for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 3, 2012.
Priority Application Deadline: April 16, 2012
Final Application Deadline: October 3, 2012
For more information on course content, contact Dr. Cory Conover
On application procedures or logistical information, contact your study abroad office.