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La Habana Courses – 2022 Summer Session II

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.

Courses

You may take three to four credits per summer session. At least one 3-credit course is required each session you are enrolled. Course availability is contingent upon student enrollment and is subject to change.

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

The following courses are designed to familiarize you with the region and provide a multi-disciplinary perspective to your studies.

Session I

  • Summer Session I
    Sociology Spanish Women's Studies / Gender Studies 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    Sociology Spanish Women's Studies / Gender Studies 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish Cancelled

    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.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish.

  • Summer Session I
    Anthropology History Spanish 400-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish Cancelled

    This course is an introduction to Cuban culture from a historic point of view, as well as in contemporary societies: indigenous peoples, religion, cinema, clothing, food, family, music, women's' role, politics, economy, environment, etc.

    The course studies the case of Cuba and its culture, but also refers to other countries such as Bolivia, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college Spanish

  • Summer Session I
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English and Spanish Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English and Spanish Cancelled

    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.

    This course has an additional fee for materials.

  • Summer Session I
    Dance 100-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    Dance 100-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish Cancelled

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    History Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled
    Summer Session I
    History Political Science 600-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    History Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    History Political Science 600-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled

    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..

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    Spanish 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish Cancelled

    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.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish.

  • Summer Session I
    Art Film Spanish 300-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish Cancelled

    In this course, students will embark on a journey in search for the roots and contradictions inherent in the process in the construction of the Latin American identity. On this journey, students will maintain a global perspective, while not to losing sight of the specificities of Latin America. Similarly, the readings that go along with the films will include discussions about the evolution of the Latin American identity and how this has impacted Latin Americans.

    Para estudiar la identidad de América Latina debe tomarse en cuenta no sólo los hechos históricos, sino también las distintas expresiones del pensamiento y la forma que toman estas expresiones para entender su trascendencia. El curso permite un recorrido en la búsqueda de las raíces y las contradicciones inherentes al proceso de construcción de las identidades latinoamericanas. En este itinerario nos interesa tener una perspectiva mundial, pero al mismo tiempo nos interesa no perder de vista la especificidad de nuestro continente. De igual manera, la lectura a realizar de los filmes que se proyectan en el curso, incluye la discusión de los cambios y como esto afecta a la mayoría de los latinoamericanos.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

Session II

  • Summer Session I
    Sociology Spanish Women's Studies / Gender Studies 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    Sociology Spanish Women's Studies / Gender Studies 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish Cancelled

    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.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish.

  • Summer Session I
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English and Spanish Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    Nutrition 200-level 1 credit Taught in English and Spanish Cancelled

    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.

    This course has an additional fee for materials.

  • Summer Session II
    Community Health Sciences Sociology 300-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled

    This course offers an overview of the Cuban health system that operates under the principle that health is an inalienable social right. These services are financed almost exclusively with government resources. The Ministry of Public Health is the governing body of the national health system, which manages resources in the three-tiered healthcare system. The primary tier solves approximately 80% of the population's health problems and its services are mainly provided in polyclinics and doctor's offices and family nurses. Approximately 15% of health problems are covered within the second tier. Its fundamental function is to treat pre-existing conditions to prevent complications and perform immediate rehabilitation. Approximately 5% of health problems are covered within the third tier. Treatments within this tier are related to sequelae or complications with certain diseases. This type of care is mainly provided in specialized hospitals or institutes.

    The course will begin with an overview of basic concepts about the Cuban Public Health System. Students will be required to complete readings related to the different primary health care programs before the start of each class and participate in discussions based on the readings. The course will also require students to participate in practical activities that complement the course readings.

    Note: The evaluation will be systematic based on oral questions, participation in classes and presentation of reports after practical activities.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish

  • Summer Session I
    Dance 100-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    Dance 100-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish Cancelled

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled

    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.

  • Summer Session I
    History Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled
    Summer Session I
    History Political Science 600-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    History Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    History Political Science 600-level 3 credits Taught in English Cancelled

    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..

  • Summer Session II
    Spanish Women's Studies / Gender Studies 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish Cancelled

    This course provides an introduction to gender theory and women movements, while emphasizing the role of different women’s organizations in local social movements. Students will explore the Human Rights status of women in Cuba and Latin America. From the dictatorship days until the present, this course will analyze how women organized to influence and participate in political life, society and business. Through analyzing key cultural and political characters, students will have the chance to discuss these topics in person with women that were part of these movements.

    El curso aborda la experiencia cubana y latinoamericana de las “Cortes de Mujeres contra la violencia patriarcal” desde la teoría feminista. Es una oportunidad para conocer la propuesta metodológica de las Cortes e influir en la opinión pública y en espacios internacionales con las propias voces, experiencias de vida y el trabajo colectivo de organizaciones feministas y de mujeres. En el curso se enfatiza en el poder político y discursivo de los testimonios orales y escritos de las mujeres. En el curso se compartirá con mujeres testimoniantes de las Cortes de Mujeres realizadas en Cuba y otros países y se participará en la preparación de la Corte de mujeres por la justicia social a realizar en octubre de 2019.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

  • Summer Session II
    Anthropology 400-level 3 credits Taught in Spanish Cancelled

    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.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college Spanish

  • Summer Session I
    Spanish 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    Spanish 300-level 1 credit Taught in Spanish Cancelled

    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.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college Spanish.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Quick Details

2022-23 App. Cycle

  • Summer Sessions: Suspended
  • January Session: Open
    • Deadline: Oct 15

2023-24 App. Cycle

Summer and Winter Programs:
Opening 9/1

Eligibility

Preferred Minimum GPA: 2.5

Enrolled in a degree seeking program

Approval from home university

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

35 students

Instruction

English | Spanish

Passport & Visa

Passport & Visa Information