Program Details

The Revolution and Evolution course in Cuba introduces students to the country’s history and culture by focusing on the themes of revolution and evolution; seeking to expose students to how politics and aesthetics have undergone change under socialism.
Location:
Havana, Cuba
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

The Revolution and Evolution course in Cuba introduces students to the country’s history and culture by focusing on the themes of revolution and evolution. As an interdisciplinary program, this course seeks to expose students to how politics and aesthetics have undergone change under socialism, and how Cubans have negotiated their lives in an increasingly interdependent and unipolar world.  Students will come to appreciate an historical event--a revolution--as a process that needs to take into account a changing global scenario.  The historical perspective will serve to explain the evolving nature of U.S.-Cuba relations.  Additionally, students will use lectures, reflection sessions, and various interactions with students, academics, professionals, and everyday Cubans to learn how the “real” Cuba compares and contrasts with representations of the island in U.S. popular culture and elsewhere. 
 

The course will be divided between pre-travel meetings at Ramapo, two weeks in Cuba, and one post-travel activity at Ramapo. Prior to the trip, students will complete readings and film screenings that will help familiarize them with the topics and places they will encounter in-country.  In Cuba, ten days will be spent in Havana and two days in Las Terrazas / Viñales. During this time, students will complete writing assignments and take digital photographs. 
 
Students will explore the theoretical and political implications of Cuban literature, history, and visual culture in a variety of social spaces, from art galleries and architectural tours, to museums and cultural salons.

Cost:
$6,000 USD. Included: Tuition for 4 credits; international r/t airfare from Newark; lodging (in Havana and excursions); most meals; Cuban academic visa; comprehensive international health insurance; course texts; all excursions and entrance fees. Not included: U.S. airport transfers; some meals; immunization costs and personal expenses.

Additional Program Information

Requirements:
2.5 GPA
Scholarships:
Yes

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