Globalization of Education

Political and Social Change in Caribbean
January 2017

This program will offer students the opportunity to study about and travel to Cuba. Students will be provided with a rich academic and experiential learning opportunity that explores the political and social changes in the post-revolutionary regime in Cuba as it evolves towards a one party modified socialist government.

Students will first consider the history of colonial Cuba, including the influence of the slave trade, American political and economic involvement in the 19th and early 20th century, and the roots of the 1959 revolution. Students will then examine the aftermath of the revolution and its impact on the political, economic, social and artistic evolution of the island and consider the prospects for the emerging regime in a post Castro era. Students will attempt to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the revolutionary experiment and the prospects for the future of the Cuban people.


Students will earn 3 URI credits for PSC 415: Political and Social Change in the Caribbean. This program is open to students in all disciplines, excluding freshmen.

The first part of the program will involve a distance learning schedule. Students will read and report on assigned background readings and participate in class discussions on SAKAI.  Students will then meet in Miami, Florida, fly to Havana and spend the following 8-9 days exploring various groups of Cuban nationals.

Course work will be supplemented with many lectures by various Cuban experts and authors on politics, art, architecture, health services and education. Students will have the opportunity to explore various sites in a few small cities and rural areas. Upon returning to the US, students will be required to submit a journal and an evaluation based on one final academic assignment.


Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and home to a population of over 11 million people. It has a tropical climate with an average temperature of approximately 69.8°F in January. The culture of Cuba is vast, diverse, and full of wonder. When visiting Cuba, people feel as if they are going back in time to the 1950’s: old vintage cars, a relaxed atmosphere, and old traditions are prominent. Students should expect to experience vibrant music, poetry, dancing, and singing, as well as unique culinary traditions.

Accommodations and Meals:

Students will stay in double-occupancy hotel rooms while in Cuba. Daily breakfast, 5 lunches and 4 dinners will be provided.

Program Cost: TBA

 Program Fee Includes:

  • Round-trip airfare (MIA – HAV)
  • Accommodations
  • Some Meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Excursions and cultural activities
  • Health insurance

NOTE: All fees subject to change.

Program Deadlines:

Application Deadline: TBA

Final Payment Due: TBA

Important Requirement: Students are required to complete a Cuba Questionnaire along with their application


For more information, please contact:

Program Director
Maureen Moakley
Department of Political Science

Program Director
Richard McIntyre

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International Center

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