Past Travel Seminars with Faculty

"Cuba: Intersection of Culture and Politics"

  • Jan 4 - Jan 14, 2013
  • Political Science 485
  • Dr. Greg Freeland


This course provides students with cultural and political experiences of Cuba, as it appears to be transforming under the influences of globalization. Particular attention will be devoted to this transformation as it relates to specific sectors of society, such as, economics, culture (dance, music, and literature), politics and religion. Students are required to enroll in the fall pre-course, POLS 482: Caribbean Politics and Culture, which will provide an overview of the Caribbean countries with an emphasis on historical and contemporary Cuba. Drawing upon class discussion, coursework and firsthand experience, students will discover Cuba through an international lens.

Students will incorporate experiential learning, reflection and critical analysis through: 

  • Examination of Havana’s urban Agriculture Movement
  • Global discourse with international diplomats
  • Exploration of Havana’s iconic landmarks
  • Interaction with Cuban people and organizations
  • Excursions to the Ballet Nacional de Cuba at Gran Teatro de la Habana

Course objectives will be accomplished through a combination of lectures, texts, guest speakers and films.  In early January, students will travel to Cuba for approximately two weeks.  While in Cuba, students will visit significant historical and cultural sites as well as engage with Cuban people and organizations.

*Please note students wanting to enroll in the 1 unit Travel Seminar to Cuba should enroll in the Pre-Course offered fall 2012, POLS 482 - Caribbean Politics and Culture (4 units). 

The application for the Cuba Travel Seminar is now available in the Study Abroad Center.  We are still accepting applications, so stop by the office to pick it up. 

Students can apply for a Travel Seminar scholarship through the CLU Study Abroad Center at the following link: Scholarship Application



The trip itinerary is currently tentative, but below are a list of possible activities:

-Walking Tour of Havana to view historical and cultural sites, including Old Havana, Revolution Square, etc.

-Attend a church service at Ebenezer Baptist Church

-Briefing at US Interests Section on US-Cuban relations

-Small-group visits to selected families in the community and informal discussions on Cuban daily life

-Excursion to Matanzas and Veradero Beach area

-Visit to the Hemingway House-Museum

-Presentation about the Center for Social and Educational Services (CESERSE) and the Cuban Women’s Federation

-Visit to a free enterprise agricultural market

-Discussions with Cuban doctors, economists and government representatives

-Attend the national Ballet in the Great Theater of Havana

-Lunch at a Paladar (privately owned restaurant)

-Student exchange and walking tour with social science and humanities students from the Universidad de La Habana

-Attend a Cuban League professional baseball game

Info Sessions

To learn more about the Cuba Travel Seminar, please attend a study abroad information session at 2:30pm in the CLU Study Abroad Center. During an information session, you will have the opportunity to discuss the course in more detail, the in-country itinerary, as well as the approximate cost. Applications to participate in the course will also be available at this time.

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