Department of Global Development Studies


Global Development Studies

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Session Dates 2019-2020

Queen's on campus session dates:

  • Regular Winter Term starting Thursday January 9, 2020 (Three hours weekly - Eight weeks intermittently through Winter Term 6:30 PM until 9:30 PM)

  • Queen's Intensive Pre-Departure Sessions:  April 27 to May 1, 2020

Havana session dates: 

  • Sunday May 3, 2020 to Sunday May 17, 2020

​Sample topics of the campus-based seminars include:

  • the Cuban Revolution, its roots, critics, and legacies
  • Cuba around the world (including a section on Cuban/Canadian relations)
  • "normalization' with the US and the future of the country
  • art, film, music and the representation of identities

In Havana we work with colleagues at the University of Havana to present students with an active daily program of study, which will include lectures by Cuban scholars, films as well as visits to art galleries, museums, and other sites of historical and cultural interest. The following are some sample topics/visits from previous years:

  • Cuba's Foreign Policy with Professor and former Diplomat Carlos Alzugaray
  • National Art Gallery and talk with curator Danys Montes de Oca
  • Panel discussion with former Literacy teachers.
  • International School of Medicine and discussion of Cuban health care system.
  • Masculinity in Cuba with Professor Julio Cesar Gonzalez Pages
  • Instituto Superior de Arte (ISA) and talk with Professor Mario Mas Vidal

As well as University of Havana professors, we speak with artists, filmmakers and musicians.  Previous artists have included musicians Carlos Varela, X Alfonso and Telmary Diaz, filmmakers Mariyln Solaya, Gloria Rolando, and Alejandro Ramirez Anderson.