Students will have an opportunity to enroll in up to four full-time courses, choosing between courses offered at CASA and up to two courses on the main campus of the University of Havana.
The CASA courses are delivered to a combined audience of CASA students and some Cuban university students at the CASA program center in Havana. CASA-delivered courses will be taught by a group of carefully selected faculty, recognized experts from Casa de Las Américas and faculty from the University of Havana. They will each meet for a total of 60 hours, the equivalent of four semester hours each.
A combination of CASA courses and select courses offered at the University of Havana is possible and recommended. We encourage students to take at least one course at the University of Havana to enhance the cultural and social immersion into Cuban society.
Professor: Dr. Enrique Beldarrain Chaple
Medical specialist in Epidemiology. Doctor of Health Sciences. Full Professor of the Medical University of Havana, Senior Researcher. Research Coordinator of the National Information Center for Medical Sciences. Academician of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba. He has published 5 books and 72 scientific articles.
First historical epidemiological approach to COVID-19 in Cuba. Annals of the Academy of Sciences of Cuba; Vol. 10, No. 2 (2020): special COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic, case studies: Australia, New Zealand and Cuba
The course takes an initial historical tour of Cuban medicine and the development of health institutions and their relationship with society at each historical moment, reaching the present day where it analyzes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in Cuba, the multidisciplinary response designed to face it, the role of science in that response, biotechnology, social behavior and the influence of the disease in all aspects of contemporary life.
Professor: M.Sc. Patricia Motola-Pedroso
Bachelor of Arts from the University of Havana and Master from the University of the Arts (ISA). Assistant Professor at the University of the ARTS. For ten years he has taught Cuban culture and literature to students at the University of Havana. From 2009 to 2015, she served as coordinator of the fall program at Tulane University in Cuba. She is currently a professor at the Majon Albert Einstein of the Hebrew Community of Cuba.
Educating in the kitá Pardés Alef, an act of faith, Cuadernos Judaicos No. 36, Chile, December 2019 (pp. 128 - 139)
Cuban Academy of Language: first coordinates, Magazine of the National Library of Cuba José Martí No. 1, Havana, January-June 2016 (pp.55-67).
The course seeks to consolidate previously acquired knowledge of the language by students. Does not offer credit. It provides tools and exercises that will be useful for reading skills, discussions, presentations, research activities and the preparation of academic essays, as well as for the daily use of the Spanish language. The course helps the student in his linguistic and sociocultural immersion in Cuba.
Professor Lic. Víctor Fowler Calzada
Poet, essayist, critic, narrator. He received the National Award for Criticism 1998, with his book "The curse". He is a frequent commentator on race relations in Cuba in national and international media. Her research interests cover the history of Cuban literature, as well as its reflections on the problems of gender, race and sexual identity. He has won several national awards as a poet. He is currently working on a volume of essays on some projects of social transformation in the country from the end of the 19th century to the present. Member of the Cuban Association of Cinematographic Art.
Discriminations: Terms to discuss and tools for action
An exercise in auto-ethnography.
This course examines the way in which Cuban cinema has shown the history of the Island, its society and its culture. Although the cinema is the main vehicle for the transmission of content that will be analyzed during the meetings, support will also be sought in the literature of the various periods, the plastic arts or music.
Professor: Dr. Yoel Cordoví Núñez. Doctor in Historical Sciences and in Pedagogical Sciences. Senior researcher at the Cuban History Institute. Full academician of the Cuban Academy of Sciences and number academician of the National Academy of History. Currently, his lines of research are oriented towards the social history of education and Latin American pedagogical thought. He is currently the president of the Institute of History. Among his books are Liberalism, crisis and independence in Cuba, 1880-1904, Editorial de Ciencias Sociales, Havana, 2003; Cuban emigration in the United States, 1895-1898: directive structures and dynamics of thought, Editorial Oriente, Santiago de Cuba, 2012, and Teaching and nationalism in public schools in Cuba, 1899 - 1920, Editorial de Ciencias Sociales, Havana, 2012.
School hygiene manuals for teachers in Cuba, 1902-1963.
The regulation of private education in Cuba. Main projects, regulations and controversies.
The course integrates a set of topics related to the history of Cuba that articulate the complex evolution of identity processes in the country. Students will receive the essential aspects that explain from a panoramic perspective the complexities of Cuban society, in all its areas, from the colony to the present. The emphasis will be on the stage of the revolution, with a starting point in the complex nation-homeland-identity-culture relationship. The use of literature and audiovisual media will promote exchange and understanding, not only of the formation of "what is Cuban" as a notion in permanent construction, but also as a challenge for the future of the sustained nation project.
Professor: Dra. Yulexis Almeida Junco. Researcher and university professor. Degree in Sociology and Master in Gender Studies. Doctor in Sociology. Assistant Professor of the Department of Sociology and member of the Chair of Women at the University of Havana. Vice Dean of the Faculty of History and Philosophy of the University of Havana. Prize in the project contest for researchers from Latin America and the Caribbean of the CLACSO-ASDI Scholarship Program. He has published, among others, “Gender and raciality. A study of social representations”, in Proceedings of the VII International Workshop Women in the 21st century, 2009.
The importance of Black feminism and the theory of intersectionality in analyzing the position of Afro descendants. In: International Review of Psychiatry Volume 32, 2020
Higher education, gender and skin color. A brief reflection on the implementation of broad access policies in the Cuban context. In: Cuban Studies Magazine, No. 48, Year 2019.
The course aims to bring students closer to contemporary Cuban reality based on key variables such as: class, gender, skin color, their intersections and impact on different areas of society. The contributions of black feminist thought in its historical evolution in Cuba are valued, for the understanding and treatment of racial problems from social policies, research and feminist and anti-racist activism groups that emerged in the country after the year 2000.
Professor Dr. Rafael Hernández Rodríguez. Political scientist, researcher, writer. He directs the journal of social sciences and cultural studies Temas. He has been a professor at the University of Havana and the Higher Institute of International Relations; Researcher at the Center for American Studies and at the Juan Marinello Institute. He has taught as visiting professor at Harvard, Columbia, the University of Texas, the University of Puerto Rico; CIDE and ITAM in Mexico, Renmin University in China; and served as a visiting scholar at the Wilson Center (Washington DC) and the Institute of Developing Economies (Tokyo). He has published on Cuban and US politics, inter-American relations, international security, migration, Cuban culture, civil society.
"Conflict resolution" between the United States and Cuba: clarifications, premises and precautions.
In: Ritter A.R.M., Kirk J.M. (eds) Cuba in the International System. International Political Economy Series. Palgrave Macmillan, London.
The story of the future. On the 5 and odd lessons of Obama before the Cuban civil society.
Cuba. For a socialism without fear.
This seminar examines the complexities of the US-Cuba conflict, a case study at the crossroads of North-South and East-West tensions, focusing on its most recent developments from the Cold War to the present, on domestic and multilateral interactions , nationals. international interests and actors, as well as points of convergence and confrontation at the bilateral, regional and extra-hemispheric level. This conflict is explored as an intermestic relationship, considering the roles that both countries play in each other's internal affairs. The seminar will emphasize the case of Cuba-United States relations as a paradigm for understanding nationalism and imperialism, the limits of US power, and the dynamics of Third World revolutions. It focuses in depth on the main themes that have shaped current relations between the United States and Cuba, their different political values and national interests, ideological and cultural representations, and their current meanings; but also their “ties of singular intimacy”, cultural affinities, mutual images and civic cultures. This special relationship offers a case study to discuss how a conflict matrix also involves real and potential instances of cooperation, where creative politics can flourish and develop the current process of normalization, with all its complexities and perspectives.
Profesora: Lic. Susana Haug Morales Professor of Literature at the Faculty of Arts and Letters, University of Havana. She has received important literary awards and her work has been included in various anthologies of contemporary literature in Cuba, Spain, Brazil and Mexico. She frequently collaborates in Cuban and foreign journals and magazines and her work has been translated into Italian, French and Portuguese.
In the two decades of the 21st century, under the influence of globalization, migratory diasporas, and the deterritorialized and plural space of digital publications and social networks, varied, new and rich are the paths traveled by the literatures of Cuba , the Hispanic Caribbean and Latin America written inside and outside their respective countries of origin by young authors, mostly diasporic subjects with emerging identities and sensibilities that tenaciously claim their space and their right of expression/recognition in the international publishing market as well as in the world literary scene. These narratives, as diverse as they are hybrid, are defined by their constant movement, their generic contamination, their nomadic and trans/postnational drive, their thematic-aesthetic renewal, their global references, their political-ecological activism, their creative and linguistic instability, as well as as well as for the geo-cultural reconfiguration operations they carry out. Sustained development and growing legitimacy have reached, in particular, autofiction narratives, non-realistic/fantastic fiction (or very flexible, open, surrealistic realism), and those of non-fiction, especially the chronicle and other artifacts unclassifiable narratives, which have flourished thanks to the multiplication of e-zines and online communicative exchanges (on Facebook, Twitter, Telegram, YouTube, etc.). Bringing together the fragments, testimonies, perspectives, voices, and stories of Cuban, Dominican, Puerto Rican, and Latin American characters that animate the "literary pieces" of our course, students will be able to appreciate a complex and heterogeneous mosaic of cultural practices, political claims, emerging communities and literary problems that go beyond geographical, generic and linguistic limits to cancel any nationalism, ideological/sexual dogma, or identity exoticism with a tendency to classifying stereotypes and exclusion. Through the texts that make up our syllabus, Latin America, Cuba and the rest of the Hispanic Caribbean prove to be current zones of flows, intersections, and dynamic socio-cultural exchanges that contribute, from the glocal visions of their writers, to enriching the great network of relationships and to shape a fairer and more inclusive planetary culture.
University of Havana Courses
Students may enroll in courses in two divisions of the University of Havana: in the Social Sciences Division (Facultad de Filosofia y Historia-FFH) and the Division of Humanities (Facultad de Artes y Letras-FAyL). These divisions of the University of Havana offer a variety of courses in history, philosophy, political and economic theory, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, art history, musicology, sociolinguistics, and literature with concentrations in Latin America, the Caribbean and Cuba.
Opportunities to take courses at the University of Havana outside of these two divisions are extremely limited. Students hoping to take courses in other parts of the University must notify the program director upon application by the deadline established by the University of Havana so that requests may be made before they arrive. Such requests are not possible to guarantee, and depend on the prior approval of University of Havana administration before the semester begins.
University of Havana courses usually vary in length from 32 to 64 contact hours. Students will need at least 48 contact hours for a three-point credit, and 64 hours for a full credit. On an exceptional basis arrangements can be made with the Cuban professor or department offering a course to arrange for a student to do extra work to earn additional credits (for example: in a 32 hour course, which in the US system is worth two credits, a student may be able to complete additional assignments and earn a full three credits). Professors and departments vary on their willingness to make these accommodations, and students should speak to their professors about such requests at the first class meeting to have time to drop the class and add another if such arrangements cannot be made.
There is a two-week drop-add period for foreign students at the University of Havana. By the end of the second week of classes, students must decide and register for their classes.
Final determinations of semester course load and credit transfer policies are made by the CASA home institutions for their respective students. The Cuban education system does not frequently provide students with syllabi the way that US institutions do. Keep in mind that, in order to grant departmental credit for a course, some home university departments may ask to see course syllabi. Since syllabi are rarely provided, it is recommended that students keep a log of lecture topics, required readings, class notes, assignments and final papers that they may be able to provide to their home university department upon returning from Havana.
Students should communicate with their corresponding home institutions about the transfer of credits as early as possible. Because the Cuban academic calendar differs considerably from the US, the program will end about one month before the official end of the Cuban semester. Program students are therefore responsible to inform their Cuban professors early on about their departure date and arrange for final examinations ahead of time. Most professors in FFH and FAyL are used to this common practice by all international programs.