Students may enroll in a prescribed program of study through the Cuba study center, consisting of four credit-bearing courses, each of which meet for a total of 60 hours.
Transatlantic and Caribbean Literatures of Modernity
This course examines Latin America's literary role in western modernity. It will focus on some of the most important cultural and literary phenomena of the fin de siecle - bohemia, modernismo, decadence and dandyism. The course investigates strategies used by key authors to enhance individuality and uniqueness. These authors include Marti, Dario, Gomez Carrillo, Del Casal and Silva. Havana offers the perfect setting for this course, and classes are complemented by a variety of guest lectures by key Cuban writers.
Gender, Race and Inequality in Cuba: Visions from Cuban Scholars
This course summarizes recent studies produced by Cuban scholars on three of the most relevant challenges to eliminate discrimination in society: gender, race, and inequalities. Although the works refer to historical events explaining the evolution of the present situation in each of these topics, they will basically focus on case studies elaborated since the crisis and reforms of the 1990s in Cuba - following the disappearance of the Soviet Union and the Eastern European socialist countries as well as strengthening the US embargo/blockade on Cuba. These last twenty years stirred up Cuban society and marked once more the divisive ways in transition toward socialism that started in the early Sixties and are at present manifested in the new economic and social model.
Health and Society in Cuba
This course provides students with a strong understanding of Cuba's community-based healthcare model and its socialized medicine program. Engaging recognized health-care experts and authorities, students examine the benefits and the challenges posed by Cuba's national system of healthcare, focusing on, among other things, disease control, reproductive health, care for the aging, and mental illness.
Cuban Social and Political Processes
This course aims at debating selected topics referred to the Cuban nation based on the works of Cuban social scientists that are not widely known by the US scholarly institutions. Topics include a historic panorama from colonial to revolutionary period (1492 - 1898; 1898 - 1952; 1952-1959); construction of the Cuban nationality; structure of the political system of Cuba; Cuba - U.S. relations (Eyes and Hands on Cuba; Hands Off Cuba); Cuban diplomacy and international ielations (two case studies: Cooperation with Socialist Countries and Cooperation with Third World countries); Cuban civil society; social repercussion of tourism with Cuba; Cuban development strategies, and current Cuban economy.
Because of the possible visit to other cities in Cuba outside of Havana, the course also studies the contrasts between the development of Havana and other cities in Cuba. Previous visits to several sites within Havana linked to the course, including the Museum of the City of Havana, general tour of places from the XVI to XIX century and the Museum of the Revolution, could serve for oral presentations.