Journeys: The Curious Case of Cuba
Cuba has been politically ostracized and economically isolated from the United States since the early 1960s. Decades of socialism have resulted in a country described as inspiring but confusing, intriguing yet frustrating. What will happen as relations with the United States improve and capitalism moves in? This section of GBL 102 will examine the effects of socialism and the US embargo of Cuba on the country’s economy and everyday life and the prospects for economic and political change there. Students will learn about Cuban history, politics, economics and culture through readings, group projects and class discussions in addition to our study trip. They will also debate the merits and limitations of capitalism and socialism in a global context. Note that this class will travel the week of March 12-20.