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.
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.
Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following US professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.
Professor of History. Thrice taught at USAC program at University of Alicante and once in La Habana.. Fulbright awards to Brazil (1985, 1999) and Venezuela (2008). Numerous teaching awards at the University of Idaho. Author of two books and numerous articles.
Enhance your studies through non-credit workshops designed to provide opportunities for deeper engagement with unique aspects of Cuban life and culture.
Contemporary Women's Activism
January Session (Sociology, Spanish, Women's Studies / Gender Studies; 300-level; 1 credit)
Women's activism gained strong visibility in the past few years. This movement was enhanced by the power of new technologies and the Internet. This course provides an introduction to gender theory and women movements. Additionally, students will explore the more recent strategies utilized by feminists and women's movements to rally support and fight against gender violence of all kinds. Students will examine how feminists have used the Internet and social networks as a powerful tool to rally support. The interaction with some of the local main characters of this new ways of activism will provide the students with the opportunity to discuss these topics first hand, addressing as well the new forms of 'Internet violence' that emerge as a reaction.
January Session (Nutrition; 200-level; 1 credit)
An introduction to a local cuisine in a hands-on kitchen environment. Authentic preparations of several local dishes will be taught. Correct cooking techniques are emphasized. Readings and lectures on local food customs and traditions will support and contextualize the cooking instruction.
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 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.
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.
Government and Politics in Latin America
January Session (Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)
This course is designed to introduce the student to the core political issues facing the Our American region, which means to include the Caribbean experiences. The major problems facing this region: authoritarianism, dictatorships, revolutions, social conflicts as increase of violence, political corruption, the presence of the US policy and economic dependence from the American capital, political and economic development, “democratic transition” and the supposed consolidation of democratic practices, as well as the indigenous and other minority group rights, will be introduced in turn.
Latin American Social Revolutions
January Session (History, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)
The present is a product of the past. Students will analyze the validity of this statement by examining the three major social revolutions that occurred in Latin America and the Caribbean in the 19th and 20th centuries to the present, including the slave rebellion that brought forth the independent of the Republic of Haiti (1804). Students will also learn about the Mexican and Chilean, Nicaraguan and Central American revolutions up to the Cuban Revolution..
Peoples and Cultures of Cuba and the Caribbean
January Session (Anthropology; 400-level; 3 credits)
Students will explore the socio-political systems and historical context of Cuba and the Caribbean. This course will present contemporary theoretical perspectives that express the complex socio-economic, cultural, and political reality of the area. Students will cover the recurring topics of culture and "race"; daily life; and religion within Cuba and the Caribbean. This course will analyze ways in which these themes are common to other Latin American colonial societies. Students will draw upon the works and anthropological thinking of Fernando Ortiz; Jean Price-Mars; and C.L.R. James. The goal of this course is to provide a general anthropological overview of Cuba and the Caribbean.
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.
United States Responses to the Cuban Revolution
January Session (History; 300-level; 3 credits)
The Cuban Revolution (1955-59) profoundly impacted the histories of the United States and the Americas. For two years after the victorious entry into Havana in January 1959, Fidel Castro sought to engage in dialogue with US leaders. This failed. We will examine reasons for the Cuban Revolution, how events in Cuba shaped the Nixon-Kennedy presidential campaigns of 1960, the 1960s in Cuba and the United States, and legacies across the Americas into the 21st century. We will visit several key sites in Havana related to these issues, including the well-preserved bunker at the Hotel Nacional.
Discovering Digital Photography
January Session (Workshop)
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