PSCI 349
Cuba and the United States Spring 2018 Division II; Writing-Intensive; Exploring Diversity Initiative;
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With the passing of the Castro brothers’ regime on the horizon, we examine the long and deeply felt history of dependence and conflict between Cuba and its colossal neighbor to the north. It begins with the political economy of the colony, then covers the Cuba- US relationship from José Martí and 1898 through the Cold War to the present, emphasizing the revolutionary period. Tutorial topics include: sovereignty and the Platt Amendment; culture and politics; race and national identity; policies on gender and sexual orientation; social programs; political institutions; the post-Soviet “Special Period”; the evolution of the Cuban exile community in the US; and the fraught agenda of reform and generational transition. Materials include journalism, official publications, biographies, travel accounts, polemics, policy statements of the US government, and a wide range of academic works.
The Class: Type: tutorial; a lecture in the first week; then ten weeks of tutorial; then a discussion class in the final week
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3608
Requirements/Evaluation: five 5- to 6-page papers, five 1- to 2-page responses, and one 1-page essay for the final class
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: any course on Latin America or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors
Distributions: Division II; Writing-Intensive; Exploring Diversity Initiative;
Attributes: AMST Comp Studies in Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora; AMST Space and Place Electives; GBST Latin American Studies Electives; LATS Countries of Origin + Transnationalism Elect; PSCI Comparative Politics Courses;

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