CUBA: THE SPECIAL PERIOD

SPA3CSP

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject students will examine a number of issues central to the sociopolitical, economic and cultural situation of Cuba, since the declaration of the Special Period (1990) until the present day. These issues will include: the socio-economic crisis; economic reform; relations with the United States; political dissidence; jineterismo; the resurgence of racism; Cuban music; religion; homosexuality; and literature. A multidisciplinary approach will be used, drawing from disciplines such as literary studies, history and sociology. Lectures are taught in English; however, students majoring in Spanish will attend tutorials in Spanish and complete their written work in the Spanish language.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLaura Tolton

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites SPA1ADB or SPA1INB or SPA1BEB or SPA1BE2 or SPA1002 or SPA1004 or SPA1008

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LAS2CSP, LAS3CSP, SPA2CSP

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsA nation for all: race, inequality, and politics in twentieth century CubaRecommendedFuente, A.UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS 2001
ReadingsThe Cuba reader: history, culture, politicsRecommendedChomsky, A., Carr, B. and Smorkaloff, P. M. (eds)DUKE UNIVERSITY PRESS 2003

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. In a team, present orally a properly referenced talk to frame a line of argument about an aspect of Cuba in the Special Period.

Activities:
Group oral presentation
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Teamwork (Teamwork)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Speaking (Speaking)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

02. Write an individual essay using primary and secondary sources to frame a line of argument about an aspect of Cuba in the Special Period.

Activities:
End of semester essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

03. Write brief texts that demonstrate a deep knowledge of specific socio-cultural aspects of Cuba in the Special Period.

Activities:
Four 30-minute tests
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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