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Queen's University

Study in Cuba

DEVS 305 Cuban Society and Culture

Cuban Culture and Society is a full 6.0 undergraduate course. It is part of an exchange agreement between Queen’s and the University of Havana, and has been offered since 2008. The aim is to introduce students to some of the main events and highlights of Cuban society, history, politics, and culture, with a focus on the period from the Cuban revolution (1959) to the present.

The course is held in the Winter term  session. We will meet in a seminar grouping and follow a structured reading list. The Cuba portion of the course will take place at the University of Havana in Cuba.

This course will be taught by an interdisciplinary team: Karen Dubinsky (Global Development Studies/History) and Susan Lord (Film and Media Studies). In Havana, the course translator is Zaira Zarza (PhD student, Cultural Studies)

Development Studies announces the Sonia Enjamio Award for study in Havana

Two awards of $750 each are available to subsidize the program fee for students wishing to enroll in Global Development Studies 305 "Cuban Culture and Society,"  which takes place January-May 2015 at Queen's and in Havana.  The Sonia Enjamio Award is named for former University of Havana professor Dr. Sonia Enjamio, (1945-2010).  Dr. Enjamio, a history professor, was one of the founders and original teachers of the Queen's Cuban studies course.  Preference for the award will be given to qualified upper year students, in any department.

For more information please see the Cuba handbook

2014 DEVS 305 Participants in Havana
DEVS 305 Participants in Havana
Session Dates 2015:

Queen's on campus session dates: 

  • Regular Winter Term starting Thursday January 8, 2015  (Three hours weekly - Eight weeks)
  • Queen's Intensive Pre-Departure Sessions:  April 30 to May 7, 2015 (Six intensive three hours sessions:  9:30 AM until 12:30 PM - final daily schedule to be determined)

Havana session dates:  Saturday May 9, 2015 to Sunday May 23, 2015

Sample topics of the campus-based seminars include:
  • the Cuban Revolution, its roots, critics, and legacies
  • Cuba around the world (including a section on 
    Cuban/Canadian relations)
  • the “Special Period” and the future of the country
  • art, film, music and the representation of identities
In Havana we work with colleagues at the University of Havana to present students with an active daily program of study, which will include lectures by Cuban scholars, films as well as visits to art galleries, museums, and other sites of historical and cultural interest. The following are some sample topics/visits from previous years:
  • Cuba's Foreign Policy with Professor and former Diplomat Carlos Alzugaray
  • National Art Gallery and talk with curator Danys Montes de Oca
  • Museum of Literacy Campaign and panel discussion with former Literacy teachers.
  • International School of Medicine and discussion of Cuban health care system.

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