UMAIE Course Number: T3913
SAU Course Equivalency: +IS 210, Topics in International Studies (four credits)
Instructors: Dr. Cory Conover, Department of History, and Dr. Stephen Minister, Department of Philosophy, Augustana College, South Dakota
Tentative Dates: January 3 -25, 2013. SAU Spring semester begins January 16.
Location: Cuba (Havana, Varadero, Viñales), Miami, Florida
Price: To be determined. Range will be within $4,500-$5,500.
Cuba offers students a unique opportunity to see a strikingly different culture, one of the few remaining socialist states, and a formerly forbidden destination. See for yourself the reality and surreality of Cuban life in the ongoing socialist revolution.
We will spend three weeks based in Havana, a UNESCO World Heritage site, but we will also travel to Cuba's premiere beach, its tobacco-growing region, and a self-sustaining eco-village. We will visit with academics, government officials, and ordinary Cubans to learn their insights into Cuba's socialist system in such areas as racism, political freedom's jobs, education, health care and food distribution, as well as their views on U.S.-Cuban relations. The passion of the average Cuban for lofty ideals of equality and shared sacrifice will help us evaluate more critically the ethical choices behind economic systems. You will also live the culture of Cuba through its music, dance and street life. Exploring Cuba is made easier by its extremely low crime rate and few restrictions on travelers. Recent changes to U.S. regulations have again allowed students to travel legally to Cuba.
In a unique twist, we conclude our course by visiting with Cuban-American's in Miami's Little Havana about their perspective on Cuba and their dreams for life after Castro. By the end of the course, students will be able to recognize the achievements and failures of the socialist state and how each has affected the average Cuban.
Priority Deadline: April 13, 2012
Complete the online study abroad application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (300 Ambrose Hall).
Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 13 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.