APPLY by March 13 through the Office of Overseas Study (see link below)
GEOG-G 306 “Issues in Latin America, the Caribbean and Contemporary Cuba” (3 cr) Summer 2014 (First 6 Weeks, May 13 – June 20)
The first 3 weeks of this interdisciplinary field course take place at IU Bloomington, then with 2 weeks of field activities in Cuba from May 31 to June 15, and the remainder of the course in Bloomington. Field Destinations: Field work in Cuba will primarily take place in Santa Clara, but also includes Havana, Remedios, Sagua la Grande, Cayo de las Brujas (Islands of the Witches), Jibacoa (coastal community). Additional information, including the course syllabus and link to apply through the Office of Overseas Study, is available at:
Course Description: This is an introductory course on the physical and human geography of Latin America and the Caribbean, with particular emphasis on Cuba. Within a regional overview that anchors various disciplines across space and place, the course brings forth the dominant political, economic, social and environmental issues facing Latin America and the Caribbean and Cuba, while giving the students basic tools with which to analyze these issues. Special attention is given to patterns of economic development, and the historical disputes surrounding colonialism, neocolonialism, and neoliberal and socialist economic policies.
The remainder of this course will be devoted entirely to Cuba with the primary objective of giving the students the opportunity to get to know the people and institutions of Cuba, while also giving them the background to objectively understand and analyze why the Cuban Revolution happened, how the Cuban state socialist economy and society functions, and how the reform process intends to increase personal freedom, decentralize politics and shift towards a mixed economy, while salvaging the positive achievements of the revolution.