6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- First semester 2019 (On-campus)
or permission from the unit coordinator
In this unit students will examine a number of issues central to the socio-political, economic and cultural situation of Cuba, since the declaration of the Special Period (1990) until the present day. These issues will include: the socio-economic crisis; economic reform; relations with the United States; political dissidence; jineterismo; the resurgence of racism; Cuban music; religion; homosexuality; and literature. A multidisciplinary approach will be used, drawing from disciplines such as literary studies, history and sociology.
Upon successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:
- explain the contemporary Cuban context;
- analyse the historical background that shaped the Revolution, the policies implemented after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the social impact of such policies;
- utilise research skills to communicate key issues/challenges in the region;
- collaborate with others, demonstrating intercultural competence.
Within semester assessment: 75% + Exam: 25%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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