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HI (History)
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Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
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Environmental History of Cuba: Prehistory to the Present
Environmental History of Cuba
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
History (16HI)
Term Offering
Summer Only
Offered Upon Demand
Summer I 2018
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Yes
4
 
Course Prefix/NumberSemester/Term OfferedEnrollment
Hi 395-502Summer I, 201711
HI 395-502Summer I, 201616
HI 395-502Summer I, 201511
HI 395-502Summer I, 20146
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)

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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
ADM00NoNA


Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
Yes
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16HISTBAHistory BA: Departmental RequirementsElective
16HIMHistory MinorElective
This course, offered in Havana, Cuba, is designed to introduce students to the environmental history of the country, from the pre-history to present. Among the core topics examined are the social, economic and environmental impacts of sugar, tobacco and coffee cultivation, the relationships between animal husbandry and deforestation, and the history of foreign tourism and its environmental implications. The course closes with an examination of the "Special Period" in Cuba beginning in 1989, and the rise of organic and urban agriculture in 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 environmental history through reading, lectures 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 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
Interdisciplinary Perspectives
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:
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

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:
 
 
Describe, differentiate, identify the limitations of, and employ historical and environmental research methodologies.
 
 
Written assignments concerning course readings and materials, and exams will be used to assess student’s mastery of these tasks.

Sample Prompt: Environmental history research often requires researchers to combine different approaches to achieve their aims. Please describe in detail and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of, and differences between, two methodologies for the conduct of environmental history research.
 
 
Describe, analyze and critically evaluate specific linkages between the economic history of Cuba, its environmental legacy, and how Cuba’s role in the international economy has conditioned these processes.
 
 
Written assignments concerning course readings and materials, and exams will be used to assess student’s mastery of these tasks.

-- Sample Prompt: Cuba has been integrated into the global economy since the beginning of the colonial period. Please describe, analyze and evaluate the interrelationships between cattle ranching, environmental degradation, and Cuba’s participation in the global economy in the first half of the twentieth century.
 
 
Develop, propose and defend a viable solution to a specific environmental issue in Cuba.
 
 
Final Exam/Project -- The disciplines are synthesized in the student’s final exam/project, which involves not only describing and analyzing specific environmental challenges in Cuba, but researching, developing, proposing and defending viable solutions to them that integrate both historical research and contemporary empirical data concerning the environmental issue of interest.
 
 
History and Environmental Studies
 
 
- The professor has published extensively on issues dealing with environmental history in the region, including two major books by academic presses. In addition, he is first or co-author on five scientific articles on legacy contamination in the region. Additionally, he served as an ORISE fellow at the US EPA for three years. Therefore, he has expertise in both disciplines. Historians take a document-based approach to understanding environmental issues. Understanding and exploring the historiography of Cuban environmental history through examination of primary sources and foundational secondary sources. Environmental studies employs a more field-based approach to understanding the mutually conditioning interrelationships between humans and the environment, economic development and political dynamics. In the Cuban context, this involves examining the physical manifestations of the colonial environmental legacy. Thus, while a historian utilizes primary and secondary documents to explore causation, the environmental studies approach involves gathering and integrating empirical data to understand the contemporary consequences of these historical processes. --This course begins by establishing a rigorous understanding of the historical processes which have shaped Cuba’s environmental conditions, based on readings of historical works. On this basis, students then explore the contemporary manifestations of these processes, through visits to former sugar mills, coffee plantations, organic gardens and environmental research stations. These disciplines are synthesized in the student’s final project, which involves not only describing and analyzing Cuba’s environmental challenges, but developing, proposing and defending viable solutions to them that integrate both historical research and contemporary empirical data concerning the specific environmental issue which they are studying.
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:
 
 

 
 

 
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

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 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, offered in Havana, Cuba, is designed to introduce students to the environmental history of the country, from the pre-history to present. Students will analyze and critically evaluate the social, economic and environmental impacts of sugar, tobacco and coffee cultivation in Cuba, in addition to the history and environmental impact of foreign tourism and the rise of organic and urban agriculture there. In so doing, they will examine, discern and synthesize differences and interrelationships among diverse methodological approaches to the study of environmental history.


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:


1. Describe, differentiate, identify the limitations of, and employ historical and environmental research methodologies.


2. Describe, analyze and critically evaluate specific linkages between the economic history of Cuba, environmental impacts, and their relationship to the international economy.


3. Define environmental history, and identify, describe and critique its interdisciplinary methodological bases. 


Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Readings assignments30%Readings and associated written assignments
Discussion10%Discussions of lectures and reading assignments
Major Paper25%Program engagement and participation in educational excursions
Final Exam35%Cumulative
The HI 395 version was offered as HI/IPGE credit.
despain (Wed, 13 Sep 2017 10:01:47 GMT): Rollback: catalog descriptions, sample measures; participation rubric
n51ls801 (Wed, 01 Nov 2017 10:42:43 GMT): Some very minor issues with syllabus noted.
aeherget (Tue, 21 Nov 2017 19:20:03 GMT): AECHH: Uploading updated syllabus at instructor's request via email 11/21/2017.
aeherget (Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:29:12 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.
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