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Fall 2017-2018
* LAS 371 / SPA 372 / AAS 374 (SA)   na, npdf

Cuban History, Politics and Culture

Adrian Lopez-Denis

This seminar constitutes an introduction to the study of Cuba from a historical perspective. During the first half of the semester the course follows a chronological approach, covering the political and socioeconomic development of the country from the sixteenth century to the present. In the second half of the semester, it examines a series of sociocultural issues that are central to the life of contemporary Cubans, on the island and abroad. At the core of the class lies an interrogation of the relevance of the Cuban case for larger discussions on colonialism, modernity, socialism and development.

Sample reading list:
Louis A. Pérez Jr., Cuba: Between Reform and Revolution
Philip Brenner; Marguerite Rose Jiménez, A Contemporary Cuba Reader: The Revolution under Raúl Castro
Marc Frank, Cuban Revelations: Behind the Scenes in Havana
Lillian Guerra, Visions of Power in Cuba
Samuel Farber, The Origins of the Cuban Revolution Reconsidered
David Sartorius, Ever Faithful
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
In preparation for class, students are expected to read an average of 100 pages per week. Oral presentations on selected readings will represent 30% of the final grade. Written assignments will include weekly answers to study questions representing another 30%. A final essay (10-15 pages) is due on Dean's Date. This essay will represent 40% of the final grade. Detailed instructions for all written assignments will be available on Blackboard.

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%

Other information:
Use of electronic devices in the classroom requires the approval of the instructor.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21236 S01 07:30:00 pm - 10:20:00 pm W   Aaron Burr Hall   219   Enrolled:27 Limit:30