ATS3257 - Cuba: Understanding the revolution - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Spanish and Latin American Studies

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Carlos Uxo


Dr Carlos Uxo

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


ATS3196 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:

  1. explain the contemporary Cuban context;
  2. 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;
  3. utilise research skills to communicate key issues/challenges in the region;
  4. collaborate with others, demonstrating intercultural competence.


Within semester assessment: 75% + Exam: 25%

Workload requirements

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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