Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Geography G306: “Issues in Latin America, the Caribbean and Contemporary Cuba”

Deadline for Applications: March 6

This course includes two weeks of field studies in Cuba.

For more details, see URL: https://iabroad.iu.edu/istart/controllers/inquiry/InquiryEngine.cfm?serviceid=ProgramSearchProvider&tab=1&programid=585

For general application instructions, see URL: http://www.overseas.iu.edu/apply/applications/index.shtml

Course Description: “Latin America, the Caribbean and Contemporary Cuba” is an introductory course on issues related to the physical and human geography of Latin America and the Caribbean, with emphasis on the human component, and particular emphasis on Cuba.  The course is for 3 credits and takes place the first 6-weeks summer session of 2015 from May 13 through June 20th on the IU campus in Bloomington with 2 weeks of field activities in Cuba from May 31st to June 14 with the final paper due by email or through Oncourse on June 17th.  Within a regional overview of the course that anchors various disciplines across space and place, the course brings dominant political, economic, social and environmental issues facing Latin America, the Caribbean and Cuba and teaches students the basic tools with which to analyze them.  The greatest emphasis of this course is on contemporary Cuba, an island nation-state with a unique geographical and historical context, a state socialist political and economic system and disproportionate significance in regional and global affairs.

Field Destinations:  Field work in Cuba will primarily take place in Santa Clara, but also includes Havana, Remedios, Sagua la Grande, the beaches of Cayo de las Brujas (Islands of the Witches), Jibacoa (coastal community).  Excursions will include an agricultural cooperative, ecological resort and mangrove forests on the coast, the educational, medical and social institutions, the Che Guevara Memorial, Regional Communist Party Headquarters, various museums of art, history and music, historical sites of the revolution, tours of local nature including a boat trip on Rio Nedgro and Lake Hanabanilla, and much more!   (See attached brochure.)


Questions?  Contact the instructor:  Frank Marshalek (fmarshal@indiana.edu).


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