La Habana, Cuba

Course Information

La Habana, Cuba | 2017 January Session

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.


You will enroll in at least three and up to four credits. At least one 3-credit course is required in all sessions. This list of courses is intended for informational purposes and does not guarantee availability or descriptions. Courses are subject to minor changes resulting from on-going curricular review, faculty assignments, and program revisions. Course availability is conditional on student interest and enrollment.

Cuban History, Society, Politics, and Culture | Latin American Studies

The following courses focus on the culture and history of Cuba. Courses are taught in English unless otherwise noted in Spanish; courses taught in Spanish are for students with four or more semesters of college Spanish unless otherwise indicated.

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US Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professor is also teaching as a Visiting Professor.

Dr. Timothy Clark | Northern Arizona University

Course Offered: Business and Society

Dr. Clark (PhD, George Washington University) worked in the energy and high-tech sectors for nearly 15 years before completing his doctorate. That perspective is integrated in every lively and engaging class discussion, for which he is well-known. Now as a professor of strategic management his courses explore content like ethics and social responsibility, decision making, and international business.

Course Descriptions

Business and Society

January Session (Business, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

What are the responsibilities of business toward societies, in home markets and around the world? What roles are today’s societies depending on businesses to fill? These and related questions are of rising importance in the increasingly globalized, commerce- and consumption-driven world that students of all career paths will inherit. This qualitative, discussion-based course will stimulate awareness and more advanced reasoning, enhancing students’ future success whatever their majors. Current events and case studies will enhance the structure provided by the textbook, and selected articles will highlight comparisons with our host country and region.

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Cuban and Latin American History

January Session (Foreign Languages, History, Spanish; 300-level; 1 credit)

El presente curso Historia de América Latina y el Caribe tiene como propósito principal brindar una visión actualizada del devenir de las luchas de nuestros pueblos a partir de las primeras gestas emancipadoras hasta nuestros días.

Este bregar, de más de dos siglos, por alcanzar la plena y definitiva independencia está colmado de momentos trascendentes que han trazado la continuidad histórica de nuestro devenir, al tiempo que han delineado las variadas características de la sociedad latinoamericana.

El desarrollo desigual de los países de la región, la diversidad de situaciones en cada uno de ellos no es óbice para presentar los elementos fundamentales del proceso histórico sin dejar de ofrecer la necesaria perspectiva global. La estrecha vinculación de los pueblos de esta área que tiene sólidos cimientos en los lazos culturales, históricos y cercanía geográfica, entre otros elementos, contribuyen a hacer posible tal enfoque.

El curso parte del presupuesto, como ha planteado el historiador que la identidad latinoamericana, nació de un mismo pasado de explotación colonial y se forjó a lo largo de varios siglos de lucha contra la explotación extranjera.

Este curso incorpora además los elementos que permiten visualizar que las consecuencias y expresiones de esta explotación, hoy, en nuevos contextos y, con diversas características, continúan presentes y son retos a vencer en el quehacer por alcanzar la segunda y definitiva independencia, para hacer realidad los sueños de independencia nacional, justicia social, progreso y solidaridad, preconizados por los mejores exponentes del pensamiento revolucionario y progresista latinoamericano. Especial énfasis se da a la contribución de José Martí en este empeño.

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Cuban Cuisine

January Session (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)

The cuisine functions as an activity that is generated in daily practice and transmitted orally from generation to generation. History is part of civilization and tells about the culture of people. The cuisine is traditional, magic, art, experience, human tenacity and also refined technique.

According to some, has to do with the family inheritance, the transmission of knowledge and a sum of traditions. No one is closer to an artist as we would say that a good cook, but there is some talent to which all human beings are not touched with the same grace.

The kitchen, like music, literature and other arts, is part of the cultural treasure of every nation to be missed. The kitchen is a symbol of identity.

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Dances of Havana and the Caribbean

January Session (Dance; 200-level; 1 credit)

The objectives of this course are to understand the antecedents of Latin American dance and to learn to perform correctly folkloric dances from Costa Rica as well as the spicier Caribbean salsa rhythms.

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Government and Politics in Latin America

January Session (Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)
January Session (Political Science; 600-level; 3 credits)

Politics in Latin America have been changing constantly, according different events that have been happened in its societies. During and after World War II, Latin America and the Caribbean have passed in different behavioral politics, according US foreign policy; but not only the United States intervened on internal issues of each states and governments in the whole region, also former USSR and some Middle East countries (such as Israel) were part of the dynamics of political changes in Latin America and the Caribbean. Besides, the region had been involved in different kinds of wars like revolutionary and contra-revolutionary movements financed by United States and former Soviet Union. Dictatorships, coups d’état, torture and continuous violations of human rights have been arising in South and Central America as well as in the Caribbean.

After the collapse of the “ancient regime” (the Post Cold War period) in the world, secular democracy “returned” to Latin America and the Caribbean region. A new political concept became part of modern analysis as “governance”, culture of peace and democracy by electoral processes promoted societies to vote for a new government. The modern political leaders and modern societies in Latin America and the Caribbean face the difference between “representative democracy” and “participative democracy”. But the question aboutdemocracies solved the problems in the region tends to be more and more questioned by political instability increase in modern Latin American and the Caribbean states.

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International Political Economy: Latin and Central America's Global Connections

January Session (Economics, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

Analysis of economic development and discussion of political, economical, commercial and financial issues from the point of view of the superestructural organizations, as well as specific countries. Due to the interdependency created by globalization, we will study the relationships between North and South as well as West and East. We will emphasize on Central America and Latin America.

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Latin American Social Revolutions

January Session (History, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course examines the major social revolutions that occurred in Latin America in the 19th and 20th centuries. Beginning with the only successful slave rebellion that brought forth the independent Republic of Haiti (1791-1804), through the Mexican and Cuban Revolutions and going to the Nicaraguan Revolution. The cases of Chile and El Salvador will also be studied. Students will analyze the causes, nature and consequences of these revolutions in America.

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Peoples and Cultures of Cuba and the Caribbean

January Session (400-level; 3 credits)

Description not available at this time.

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Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills I

January Session (Spanish; 300-level; 1 credit)

A course that complements the development of linguistic skills emphasizing the oral mode of the Spanish language. It aims to improve students' ability to maintain a sustained monologue as well as oral interactions.

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