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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
March 14 Extension Deadline for G306: "Issues in Latin America, the Caribbean and Contemporary Cuba"
Geography, G306: “Issues in Latin America, the Caribbean
and Contemporary Cuba”
Course Description: “Latin America, the
Caribbean and Contemporary Cuba” is an introductory course on the physical and
human geography of Latin America and the Caribbean, with particular emphasis on
Cuba. The course is for 3 credit hours and takes place the first 6-weeks
session in the summer of 2014 from May 13 through June 20 through the Office of
Overseas Studies, and carries credit in the department of Geography and the Center
for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. The first 3 weeks of this
interdisciplinary field course takes 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.
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 giving 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.