Legal Globalization: Cuba
This course focused on the history, economy, culture, government, and legal and healthcare systems of Cuba as well as U.S.-Cuban relations, the U.S. economic embargo on Cuba, and its effect on business opportunities and life in Cuba. Students spent approximately three weeks learning about Cuba and U.S.-Cuban relations prior to traveling to Cuba to experience the country firsthand.
The itinerary in Cuba included meetings with Cuban government officials, students and faculty from the University of Havana, and lawyers, doctors, and businesspersons in Cuba. Students also spent part of their time engaging in cultural activities, such as walking tours through historic old Havana, listening to Cuban music and dance, and a visit to the Fort la Cabaña.
- Become familiar with Cuban history, economy, government, culture, as well as the healthcare and legal systems
- Critically examine and reflect upon U.S.-Cuban foreign policy
- Gain knowledge of globalization and the changing culture, legal, and business environment resulting in part from Cuba’s re-establishment of diplomatic relations and trade with the United States
- Develop Intercultural communication skills and experience(s) shaped by a studied appreciation for Cuban/Latin history, social movements, challenges and achievements
- Develop professional skills and relationships within a collaborative learning community which includes University Honors Students, Law and Medical Professionals, and SIU School of Law Students
- Develop specific research and writing projects and travel experiences designed for personal and professional growth
Professor Cindy Buys with students at the National Union of Jurists (the equivalent of the American Bar Association in the U.S.)
Students spent spring break in Cuba where they met with Cuban government officials, students and faculty from the University of Havana, and lawyers, judges and businesspersons in Cuba. Students also participated in cultural activities such as walking tours through historic old Havana and a visit to the Fort la Cabaña.
Read the students' blog about their experiences.
After returning to the U.S., students prepared presentations about their experiences that they shared with the University community.