CAAS 495 - Senior Seminar
Section: 002 Transforming History: Haiti, Cuba, and the Caribbean Region
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Lab Fee:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
Other Course Info:
(Cross-Area Courses). (Capstone Course).
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

Despite their relatively small size, the neighboring nations of Haiti and Cuba have played disproportionately large roles in shaping world history. Each was the site of one of the world's most dramatic revolutions, suddenly transforming the basic structures of society and variously inspiring and terrifying people around the globe with new visions and possibilities. Both the Haitian revolution (1791-1804) and the Cuban revolution (1959) embodied radical egalitarian dreams, probably the most radical in the history of the Americas, for eliminating class and racial hierarchies. The Haitian revolution helped forge modern notions of freedom and equality and inaugurated a century-long process of abolition that dismantled the age-old institution of slavery around the world. And the 1959 Cuban revolution ended the island's capitalist economy and sought therein to eliminate social and economic inequalities, including racial discrimination. In the process of becoming the first and only socialist country in the Americas, Cuba also handed the U.S. one of its most embarrassing military defeats (at the Bay of Pigs in 1961).

This course will treat the histories of Haiti and Cuba with a focus on their revolutions, their relations with the United States, and their overall significance within world history. In addition to examining these thematic concerns, the class will guide participants through completion of individual research papers (approximately 15 pp.), providing a collective workshop in which to develop research and writing skills as well as ideas and analysis. This class is CAAS's capstone course. Correspondingly the workload is heavy. Some weeks participants will be required to read approximately one hundred pages of reading to prepare for class discussion. Other weeks there will be no or reduced reading, and participants will instead prepare class presentations of, submit written work on, or discuss with the professor their research-in-progress for collective brainstorming. These assignments are designed as steps toward completing the final research paper.

CAAS 495 - Senior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: The Black Power Movement
002 (SEM)
M 10:00AM - 1:00PM
Note: Transforming History: Haiti to Cuba
003 (SEM)
Th 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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