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|LLAS 325 - CUBA: REVOLUTION AND EVOLUTION|
This two-week study abroad 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, the 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 a historical event – a revolution – as a process that needs to take into account a changing scenario. The historical perspective will serve to explain the evolving nature of U.S.-Cuba relations. Additionally, students will use reflection papers, writing, photography, 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. Assignments will guide students through multiple areas of exploration, and half way through the course they will identify their own area of investigation, which will lead towards a self-chosen final project.
This course will be divided between two 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 paces they will encounter in-country. In Cuba, ten days will be spent in Havana and four days in Santiago de Cuba. During this time, students will complete writing assignments and take digital photographs. Upon our return, they will present a final project of their choice (paper, poster display or photographic exhibition) at Ramapo. This is a cross-listed course with INTL-325.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours
Latino&Latin American Studies Department
Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:
FOR LLAS 325/INTL 325
( Course or Test: AIID 201
Minimum Grade of D
May not be taken concurrently. )
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