Document Type

Undergraduate Syllabus


Spring 2007



Course Number

DIPL 2119/6809

Course Description

This course focuses on the domestic and international politics of Cuba, a country with a unique history that is undergoing important changes in the current century. For a country of its size, Cuba has played an unusually significant role in international and especially inter-American affairs. The course examines Cuba’s past and present, with emphases on: its relations with the United States and especially the recent detente, ongoing changes in its economic and political models, and the international implications of its distinctive health and environmental policies. Through a combination of readings, presentations, lectures, and on-site visits to venues such as the US Embassy, the University of Havana, the Biosphere Reserve, professional organizations, community organizations, and cultural institutions, students will learn about Cuba’s past and present.