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Political and Social Change in Caribbean

January 6 - 16, 2016

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.



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

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 join up 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.

Accommodations and Meals:

Students will spend 7 nights in 4-5 star hotels while in Cuba. Students will be provided with daily breakfast, 5 lunches and 4 dinners. 

Program Cost:
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Program Fee Includes:
Round-trip airfare (MIA - HAV)
Some Meals
In-country transportation
Excursions and cultural activities
Health Insurance


 NOTE: All fees subject to change



Program Deadlines:
Application Deadline: October 2, 2015
Final Payment Due: December 1, 2015


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

For more information, please contact:


Program Director
Program Director
URI Faculty-Led Programs Office
Maureen Moakley Richard McIntyre
International Center
Department of Political Science
37 Lower College Road



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