Cuba: Complexity, Community and Change examines the complex intersection of the past and present in relation to current political, economic, social, and environmental changes in Cuba. Despite the recent changes in diplomatic relations with the U.S, there remain many misconceptions regarding both the internal and external dynamics of Cuba. Through in-class and in-country activities we will analyze various historical and contemporary perspectives regarding Cuba and the Cuban Revolution. Special emphasis will be given to grassroots changes occurring at the community level through various old and new social actors. The course is designed to give student participants a unique and interdisciplinary introduction to Cuba’s history, political system, socio-economic conditions and composition, and environmental policies. Through this course, we will be able to develop critical analytical skills related to both U.S. perceptions about Cuba as well as domestic and foreign Cuban policies. By combining readings, class discussion, in-country community engagement, and research, students will develop their own capacity to critically assess and appreciate the contemporary complexity of Cuba in its various political, economic, social, and environmental aspects.
- Available credit(s): 3 credits
- Applicants are required to enroll in the program course (Undergraduate or Graduate)
- Courses are subject to change
- Click on the Courses Offered link above for more information, including prerequisites
- 2021 class times will be each Wednesday from 4:30-6pm. One required class after in-country programming.
- 2021 in-country dates:
- Depart: Friday, March 5
- Arrive in Cuba: Saturday, March 6
- Depart Cuba: Saturday, March 13
- Possible excursions may include:
- Various historical & cultural sites within Havana
- Meetings with NGOs and Civic Organizations
- Urban farms, Health Clinic, Pre-Schools
- Community-Engaged Learning activities
LEARNING ABROAD BADGES
In addition to taking classes, students enrich their time abroad by participating in Learning Abroad Badge opportunities such as, Career Development, Language Immersion, Research Experience, and Community Engagement:
The Learning Abroad Badges listed in the Fact Sheet
above are included in this program. Some programs offer opportunities to earn additional Learning Abroad Badges through independent options
. Students interested in earning multiple Learning Abroad Badges can participate in the Global U Program
and receive special recognition at graduation.
This program automatically earns the Career Development, Community Engagement, and Research Experience Badges.
- Career Development:
- Students work, observe and network with community leaders and volunteers, while implementing initiatives with the host community.
- This experience will provide valuable, comparative and practical insights into community development, international relations, and public administration that can be highlighted on resumes and during job interviews.
- Community Engagement:
- As part of the program, students work with a grassroots association that addresses community development in the region. Past work projects have involved elementary schools, health centers, community centers, beach restoration, urban farms, and small collective business feasibility studies.
- Students will interact with local leaders and volunteers while learning unique ways of addressing common challenges.
- Dean McGovern
- Executive Director, Bennion Center
- Associate Professor, College of Social & Behavioral Science
- See Housing Type(s) above
- Participants are required to use the program housing facilities
- Housing is included in the program cost
- Click on the Budget Sheet link above for information about ESTIMATED costs
- Participants should read the full Withdrawal Penalty Policy BEFORE applying
- Scholarships are available for Degree-Seeking, University of Utah students
- Financial Aid might apply, visit your Financial Aid Counselor for more information
LEARNING ABROAD HANDBOOK
The Learning Abroad Handbook outlines the University of Utah's eligibility requirements, financial policies, conduct standards, administrative procedures, academic expectations, as well as visa and passport guidelines for Learning Abroad Programs. ALL participants are subject to the rules and regulations in the Learning Abroad Handbook. It is every participant's responsibility to read the Learning Abroad Handbook and contact Learning Abroad with any questions.