La Habana, Cuba
Course Information: 2019 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. 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 Latin American Culture 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.
- Cuban Cuisine (NUTR, 200-level, 1 credit, taught in English and Spanish but appropriate for everyone). This course has an additional fee for materials.
- Cuban Testimonial Literature (ENG/HIST, 300-level, 3 credits)
- Dances of Havana and the Caribbean (DAN/PEX, 100-level, 1 credit, taught in Spanish but appropriate for everyone)
- Government and Politics in Latin America (PSC, 400/600-level, 3 credits)
- Latin American Social Revolutions (HIST/PSC, 400/600-level, 3 credits)
- Peoples and Cultures of Cuba and the Caribbean (ANTH/SPAN, 400-level, 3 credits, taught in Spanish)
- Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills (SPAN, 300-level, 1 credit) Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish.
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Cultural Enrichment Workshops
Enhance your studies through non-credit workshops designed to provide opportunities for deeper engagement with unique aspects of Cuban life and culture.
- Discovering Digital Photography (non-credit opportunity)
Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professor is also teaching as a Visiting Professor.
Dale Graden | University of Idaho
Course Offered: Cuban Testimonial Literature
Dr. Graden is a former Fulbright Scholar for Teaching and Research in Brazil and Venezuela. He has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards and holds 25 years of experience teaching at UI and abroad. Graden recently taught at the USAC program in La Habana in January 2018.https://www.uidaho.edu/class/history/news/graden
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.
Cuban Testimonial Literature
January Session (English, History; 300-level; 3 credits)
Genres in literature often reflect social change and political discourse. This is particularly true in Cuba. Testimonial literature has emerged in Cuba and throughout Latin America as an important genre during the past half century. In the words of Professor George Yudice, “testimonial literature is an authentic narrative, told by a witness who is moved to narrate by the urgency of a situation. The witness portrays his or her own experience as representative of a collective memory and identity.” Testimony has proven to be an effective tool to articulate subaltern voices and inspiring an awareness and respect for such perspectives.
We will read Miguel Barnet, Biography of a Runaway Slave; María de los Reyes Castillo Bueno, Reyíta: The Life of a Cuban Woman in the Twentieth Century; and Victor Dreke, From Escambray to the Congo: In the Whirlwind of the Cuban Revolution. I will supplement these testimonies with recommended essays, including Dale Graden, “Miguel Barnet’s Biography of a Runaway Slave: Testimonial Literature as History,” H-Ethnic online.
Dances of Havana and the Caribbean
January Session (Dance; 100-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.
Discovering Digital Photography
January Session (Workshop)
Description not available at this time.
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.
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.
Peoples and Cultures of Cuba and the Caribbean
January Session (400-level; 3 credits)
Description not available at this time.
Spanish Conversation and Oral Skills
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.