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Ramapo College - Cuba: Revolution and Evolution
Havana, Cuba; ViƱales, Cuba (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Summer 2020 03/02/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Discipline of Study: Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Contemporary Arts, Cultural Studies, Ethnic Relations, Gender Studies, History, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Liberal Studies, Photography, Political Science, Spanish Language Studies, Visual Arts Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Guest House, Hotel/Hostel, Residencia Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Status: 2nd year (Sophomore), 3rd year (Junior), 4th year (Senior), 5th year and beyond (Super Senior) Program Type: Study
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Cuba: Revolution and Evolution

Credits: 4
Program Location: Havana, Cuba and surrounding areas
Term: Summer
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Prerequisites: Readings in Humanities
All Ramapo College students in good academic and judicial standing are eligible. Students of other U.S. colleges or universities are also eligible.

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Iraida H. Lopez
Professor of Spanish Language and Literature
Office: B-140 / +1 (201) 684-7164 
"Cuba: Revolution and Evolution" (LLAS 325 / INTL 325)
Course Description

The Revolution and Evolution course in Cuba introduces students to the country’s history and culture by focusing on the themes of revolution and evolution. As an interdisciplinary program, this course seeks to expose students to how politics and aesthetics have undergone change under socialism, and how Cubans have negotiated their lives in an increasingly interdependent and unipolar world.  Students will come to appreciate an historical event--a revolution--as a process that needs to take into account a changing global scenario.  The historical perspective will serve to explain the evolving nature of U.S.-Cuba relations.  Additionally, students will use lectures, reflection sessions, and various interactions with students, academics, professionals, and everyday Cubans to learn how the “real” Cuba compares and contrasts with representations of the island in U.S. popular culture and elsewhere. 
The course will be divided between pre-travel meetings at Ramapo, two weeks in Cuba, and one post-travel activity at Ramapo. Prior to the trip, students will complete readings and film screenings that will help familiarize them with the topics and places they will encounter in-country.  In Cuba, 14 days will be spent in Havana and two days in Las Terrazas / Viñales. During this time, students will complete writing assignments and take digital photographs. 
Students will explore the theoretical and political implications of Cuban literature, history, and visual culture in a variety of social spaces, from art galleries and architectural tours, to museums and cultural salons.

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Course Goals & Objectives

Primary focus of the course is the broad development of humanistic analysis and appreciation within the framework of Cuban life under socialism. Through assignments, lectures, discussions with Cuban students and instructors, and individual study, program participants will acquire the skills necessary to research, generate ideas and narrate and visualize a story.
  • Have a basic understanding of the history and culture of Cuba and its relationship with the United States
  • Have developed an historical understanding of the roots and goals of a revolution and of its evolving nature
  • Have grasped historical formations of gender and racial identity and their roles in modern Cuban nationalism
  • Have the ability to draw from intercultural experience, lectures, film screenings, and readings to question stereotypes


Students will reside in a guest house in Havana and hotel during the excursion.
Course Assessment
  • Reflection Papers or Projects (30%): There will be a total of three broad topics addressed during our stay in Cuba.  Students will be required to write two reflection papers on the topics of their choice.  One of the papers may be replaced with a photographic essay with a written component. These will be due on the dates indicated in the final syllabus.
  • Discussion Forum (20%): Students will be required to participate in a Moodle Forum devoted to the readings and films assigned prior to the trip.
  • Participation in discussions (10%): Students are expected to participate in class and on-site discussions. The quality of your participation will determine your grade. 
  • Final Exam with a Photographic Component (40%): Students will choose their own topic for the photographic project, which will be counted as part of the final examination. The final exam will take place at Ramapo right after our return. 

Program costs:
$ 5,275 
$ 6,445 (non-NJ Residents)
Included: Tuition for 4 credits; international r/t airfare from Newark; lodging (in Havana and excursions); most meals; Cuban academic visa; comprehensive international health insurance; course texts; all excursions and entrance fees.
Not included: U.S. airport transfers; some meals; immunization costs and personal expenses.

Payment Timeline
Commitment &
$500 Deposit (non-refundable)
March 1
Payment #1:$1550 March 22
Payment #2:$1550 April 19
Payment #3: $1600 May 10
Late Fees
A late fee of $35 will be assessed for each payment not received by the payment deadlines communicated to you by the International Programs Office. Note: There will be a 3-day grace period before a late fee is assessed.

Scholarships are available:
For further information:

The Roukema Center for International Education
Ramapo College of New Jersey
505 Ramapo Valley Road - ASB123, Mahwah, NJ 07430 USA
Telephone: (201) 684-7533
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