Sustainability Studies Abroad in Cuba
- Details and Cost
About the Program
The program to Cuba has been suspended for Winter 2023 and is expected to resume for Winter 2024.
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 Winter 2023, January 4 - 18 Language of Instruction English Budget View Budget Living Arrangements Residence-style accommodation and homestays Additional Information Faculty-Led study abroad programs may require group travel. Please reach out to your IAP Coordinator prior to making any travel arrangements. Program Housing Statement: Stony Brook University is required to comply with the housing policies of the host country, partner institution and/or hotel/hostel. These policies may include requirements such as sex-based housing placement.
GPA 2.0 or higher Application Deadline Oct. 1 *Deadline has been extended to October 15th Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.
- Academic Information
SUS 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.
Syllabus - Subject to change
- 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 on grade and credit transfer.
- Students following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) may request for GLO and EXP+ in addition to requirements fulfilled by their coursework.