Sustainability Studies Abroad in Cuba
About the Program
About the Program
For a number of reasons, Cuba represents a wonderful case study for the value of using the natural history, arts, media and cultural traditions as a means of encouraging citizens to adopt environmentally sustainable practices. Since the 1990s, Cuba has been in the unique situation of being forced to address sustainable agricultural and environmental practices. Given the pressure to increase tourism to keep money flowing into Cuba, the need to reform industrial farming practices, and the need to address failing infrastructure after the end of Soviet assistance (called the Special Period), Cuba has made a number of dramatic decisions to move toward sustainability.
As governments around the world have found, laws and incentives may do a lot to encourage changes in daily choices toward sustainability, long-term change must use existing arts to make sustainability a part of culture. Working with the University of Havana Geography Department, as well as Artes Escenicas Cubanas (Performing Arts organization) and Cuban writers about the environment, the class will explore the complexities of sustainability with an emphasis on the role of humanities in a global context with hands-on experience.
Highlights include field trips to the following sites:
- The Bay of Pigs
- The Cienaga de Zapata
- Organic Farms
- Rio Almendares (Havana's primary water source)
- Vinales and Pinar del Rio
Location Havana, Cuba Program Type Faculty-Led Program Program Term Winter Program Dates January 3-17, 2018
Course of Study
EHM 316: Cuba and Sustainability - 3 credits
For students following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) this program fulfills HUM, GLO, and EXP+. For students following the Diversified Education Curriculum (DEC) this program fulfills DEC G.
Language of Instruction English Language Proficiency N/A Program Term Winter Living Arrangements Residence-style accommodation and homestays
Credits earned on this program will calculate toward a student's GPA at Stony Brook University. Non-SBU students are advised to check their home university policy regarding grade and credit transfer.
GPA 2.0 or higher Application Deadline November 1 Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.
$278 per credit for NY residents
$1,008 per credit for non-residents
Program Fee $3,200 Administrative Fee
International Health Insurance Included in the Program Fee Other Fees $1,000 approximately: meals, travel costs, personal expenses, etc. Travel Costs $1,000 approximately: Students are required to travel with the Program Director to the study abroad site. The study abroad advisor will provide details to participants once available. Costs are estimates for planning purposes of the student and are subject to change at any point.
Jeanine Guilbeault-Leite International Programs Coordinator International Academic Programs Stony Brook University E1340 Melville Library Stony Brook 11794 Tel: (631) 632-7030 Fax: (631) 632-1396 firstname.lastname@example.org David Taylor Program Director Sustainability Studies Stony Brook University W0520 Melville Library Stony Brook 11794 Tel: email@example.com