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Last approved: Fri, 08 Dec 2017 09:01:48 GMT

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Cuba Today: Historical and Sociopolitical Perspectives
Cuba: History & Sociopolitics
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
History (16HI)
Term Offering
Summer Only
Offered Upon Demand
Summer I 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
3
 
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
HI 395-501Summer I, 201711
HI 395-501Summer I, 201616
HI 395-501Summer I, 201512
Course Delivery
Remote Location/Site Based
Havana, Cuba
Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
3
3
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Lecture15
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

If your course includes any of the following competencies, check all that apply.
University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
No
 
 
Nicholas A. Robins
Teaching Associate Professor/Faculty Director, Cuba: History, Environment and Culture Program

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Delivery FormatPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
LEC2020NoNA


Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16HISTBAHistory BA: Departmental RequirementsElective
16HISTBAHistory BA: History I & History Breadth: Asia/Africa/Latin Amer HistElective
16HISTBA-TEDHistory BA-Teacher Education Concentration: Departmental Requirements: Asia/Africa/Latin America HistElective
16HISTBSHistory BS: History I & History Breadth: Asia/Africa/Latin Amer HistElective
16HIMHistory MinorElective
This course, offered in Havana, Cuba, through the Study Abroad Office, examines Cuban political, social and economic dynamics through historical and sociopolitical perspectives. It explores the process and legacy of colonization, the role of slavery in colonial society, Santeria, healthcare, education and international relations in revolutionary Cuba. In order to take this course, students must be degree seeking and it must count towards their degree.

This course is a component of the Cuba: History, Environment and Culture in Havana program. The course, introduces students to Cuban history through reading, field research and educational excursions. It is designed to develop student's knowledge of Cuban history, from the colonial period to the present, as well as to develop their ability to critically evaluate and analyze different perspectives on the topic. The course is not only based in the classroom, and utilizes structured educational excursions and field research which can only be done onsite in Cuba.


Yes
Study Abroad, Total program fee for six credit hours, including lodging, visas and excursions is $3,975
Is this a GEP Course?
Yes
GEP Categories
Global Knowledge
Humanities
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 
Summarize, analyze, explain, and evaluate the historical influences on revolutionary Cuban society and culture.
 
 
Exams and written assignments.

Sample prompt:

It has been argued that Cuba’s colonial history continues to exert a strong influence on post-Revolutionary society and politics. Summarize the colonial legacy, and assess and analyze its impact both on the Cuban Revolution and post-Revolutionary politics and society.
 
 
Evaluate, critique, and interpret primary and secondary historical sources and field research interviews.
 
 
Exams and written assignments.

Sample Prompt:

The U.S. trade embargo on Cuba continues to be an impediment to improved relations between the two nations. Based on your readings and field research interviews, explain, analyze and critique the arguments both for and against the embargo.
 
 
Demonstrate critical thinking abilities as indicated by the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy (analysis, evaluation, creative synthesis).
 
 
Exams and written assignments.

Sample prompt:

Among the results of the Cuban Revolution has been improved healthcare and education, relative to pre-Revolutionary levels. These social benefits have also entailed social costs. Analyze these costs and benefits in terms of positive and negative human rights, and synthesize a model which balances the two.
Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
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Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
 
 
Identify and examine the legacy of major historical forces and events that have shaped revolutionary Cuban society and culture.
 
 
Quizzes and exams.

Sample prompt: It has been argued that Cuba’s colonial history continues to exert a strong influence on post-Revolutionary society and politics. Summarize the colonial legacy, and assess and analyze its impact both on the Cuban Revolution and post-Revolutionary politics and society.
 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
Analyze, compare, and explain the major historical forces and events that have shaped revolutionary Cuban society and culture.
 
 
Quizzes and exams.

Sample prompt: Discuss how American political hegemony from 1898 to 1959 was a factor in the roots of revolution in Cuba.
US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Requisites and Scheduling
100
 
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
 
NA
 
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
 
NA
 
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
 
Students must be degree seeking and the courses taken must count towards their degree.
 
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
 
Students are expected to have completed two semesters of university-level Spanish or the equivalent competence.
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
 
Title and author of any required text or publications.
 
Please see attached syllabus.
 
Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.
 
Please see attached syllabus.
 
List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.
 
Please see attached syllabus.
This course is offered during the summer, and resources are provided through student program fees.

This course is offered in Havana, Cuba and is designed to introduce students to contemporary Cuba through researching, examining, analyzing and interpreting differing historical and sociopolitical perspectives. It seeks both to develop a critical understanding of Cuban history and society, as well as to develop student’s analytical and critical abilities more generally. In so doing, the course seeks to develop student’s abilities to make evidence-based academic arguments concerning human culture, to identify and examine distinguishing characteristics and/or attitudes of Cuban society, to compare these distinguishing characteristics with U.S. society, and to explain how Cuban history and society has developed and evolved in response to geopolitical dynamics.


Student Learning Outcomes

By the completion of the semester students will be able to:


1. Explain, compare and analyze the impact of major historical forces and events that have shaped Cuban history. 


2. Evaluate, critique, and interpret primary and secondary historical sources. 


3. Demonstrate growth in critical thinking (the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy) and in cognitive level (based on William G. Perry’s model).


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Exam30%Final Exam
Written Assignment35%Two essays and reading related questions
Discussion10%Based on lectures, readings, field research and excursions
Other25%Field Research Assignments
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
NA
The HI 395 version was offered as HI/HUMG credit.
despain (Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:16:40 GMT): Rollback: catalog description; participation rubric
n51ls801 (Wed, 01 Nov 2017 10:43:45 GMT): Some minor issues with the syllabus noted.
aeherget (Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:57:35 GMT): AECHH: Uploading updated syllabus at instructor's request via email 11/21/2017.
aeherget (Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:28:37 GMT): AECHH: Updated component type/contact hours at the instructor's request via phone call 11/22/2017, information also provided via email 11/21/2017.
aeherget (Thu, 30 Nov 2017 16:16:55 GMT): AECHH: Approved with Friendly suggestions at Nov 29, 2017 UCCC Meeting. Going to Dec 1, 2017 CUE meeting, GEP information unaffected by friendly suggestions, suggestions will be implemented after December 4, 2017. Information provided by instructor via email 11/30/2017.
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