University Honors ProgramUniversity of Cincinnati

University Honors Program

Exploring Global Studies: Cuba and Martinique

HNRS2060, Spring 2014 honors seminar with study tours to Martinique and Cuba (participants will only travel to one location and can indicate their ranked preference in the application.)

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This seminar is specially designed for first and second year students with little (or no) international travel experience.

Learn about the concept of “global competence,” such as empathy and appreciation for other cultures, ability to learn in a cross-cultural environment, and the ability to perform in cross-cultural situations. Develop an understanding of global differences as well as an analytical view of multiculturalism and establish a foundation for future study abroad opportunities.

The class will meet twice per week on Tuesdays and Thursdays; the Tuesday class meeting will provide a comprehensive view of global culture for everyone, while the Thursday class meetings will be divided for focused instruction for your specific destination. Students will then apply the concepts they are learning through a study tour to either Cuba or Martinique during spring break. The sections then share their experiences with one another in joint sessions.  This seminar is team taught - that means the professors will be working together to coordinate instruction and determine final grades.

The Caribbean is a melting pot of cultures.  Each island's culture has a unique blend of traditions that have been influenced by its indigenous people groups, European colonists, and African slaves. Today, the Caribbean is comprised of independent nations as well as territories held by the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, and the US. The varying levels of independence throughout the region create unique economic, political, and social conditions. This seminar will explore the concepts of global studies in regard to Cuba and Martinique.

In enrolling in this seminar, you will be able to indicate a preference for a spring break study abroad opportunity to either Cuba or Martinique.   Please note: you may be placed in your second choice destination in order to balance enrollment numbers.

Interested in seeing the experiences from the previous class?

The sections of Exploring Global Studies from 13SS went to Québec and Cuba. The Québec section created a powerpoint that showcases their cultural adventures, while the Cuba section created a website and was featured on The Enquirer's website.

Martinique - Discover Le Pays des Revenants

Martinique is referred to as "le Pays des Revenants" - the land to which you return. In addition to its beauty, it has a robust culture, which combines Creole, African, and French elements with influences from the indigenious Carib and Tamil people.  This section will focus on Martinique's heritage, its position as France's "Caribbean metropolis," and its future.

Tentative Itinerary

Saturday, March 15
-Arrival at Aimé Césaire international Airport
-Transfer to the hotel Bay Front in Fort de France, promenade and welcome dinner downtown

Sunday, March 16
-Walking tour of the Famous creole market in Fort de France
-Explore the island by boat

Monday, March 17
-Travel to St Joseph, visit a biological farm and talk with the owner
-Visit of Fort de France: La Savane, the city park, the harbor, the Cathedral St Louis, Schoelcher Library.
-Informal meeting with students of the Language Center at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Martinique

Tuesday, March 18
Day trip to Southern Martinique - Trois Ilets
-Museum de la Pagerie, a former sugar estate and birthplace of Marie Joseph Rose Tascher de la Pagerie.
-Riviere Pilote and the Ecomuseum of Martinique at Rivière Salée
-Visit the Anse Caffard monument

Wednesday, March 19
Day trip: Natural wonders of Northern Martinique: Montagne Pelée, St Pierre, Case Pilote
-Ascend Mt. Pelée, an active volcano
-Visit St Pierre and Case Pilote, some of the oldest villages of Martinique

Thursday, March 20
Day Trip: Martinique’s Atlantic Coast
-Village of St Marie and Presqu’íle de la Caravelle: "Parc Naturel Régional" of Martinique
-Visit the Museum of Rum
-Explore the "Train Plantations"
-Visit the Museum of the Banana in St Marie.

Friday, March 21
-Talk with historian and environmentalist professor, member, and founder of l'ASSAUPAMAR (Association for the Preservation of Heritage Martiniquais) on environment and colonialism
-Afternoon free
-Attend the Grand Ballet de la Martinique

Saturday, March 22
-Departure from the hotel
-Visit of the Balata Gardens
-Return to Cincinnati via Miami

Costs

Total expected cost to be paid to UC is $1500. The actual cost per person for UC is $2600, but this will be offset by a $900 grant from University Honors as well as a $200 grant from UC International Programs, making the actual total expected cost $1500. All participants will receive these grants.

Costs include airfare, accommodations, some ground transportation, tours and guides, entrance fees, some meals, and a program fee (which covers faculty costs).

Costs do not include baggage fees, passports, ISIC, insurance (travel/medical), some meals, some ground transportation, tips, or personal expenses.

Students have the choice to purchase an ISIC (International Student Identity Card) from UC International for $25.  This is not included in the total expected cost.

Explore Cuba

Cuba is the Western Hemisphere's second most populous island and is a land rich in culture, history, biodiversity, architecture, and the arts. Cuban life is unique from other Latin American countries given its histoy, economy, and political structure. This section will dive into the aspects of Cuba that make it stand apart from any other country in the Hemisphere.

Tentative Itinerary

Friday
Depart Cincinnati for Miami
Saturday Arrive in Havana; Welcome dinner
Sunday Walking tour of Habana Vieja (Old Havana)
Visit Callejon de Hamel & El Morro Castle
Monday Visit UBPC Organoponico Vivero Alamar
Visit the School of Social Communication at Havana University
Tuesday Return to the UBPC Organoponico Vivero Alamar
Visit Finca la Vigia (Hemingway's Home)
Wednesday Meeting with famed photographer Roberto Salas
Afternoon free to explore Havana
Thursday Visit the Art Studios of famed artist Jose Fuster
Friday Depart Cuba for Miami
Saturday Return to Cincinnati

Lunch is included Sunday-Wednesday.  Due to travel restrictions, the class will spend one night on both sides of the Cuba travel in Miami.

Costs
Total expected cost to be paid to UC is $1800.  The actual cost per person for UC is $3000, but this will be offset by a $1000 grant from the University Honors Program and a $200 grant from UC International Programs, making the actual total expected cost $1800. All participants will receive these grants.

Costs include airfare, accommodations, some ground transportation, tours and guides, entrance fees, some meals, and a program fee (which covers faculty costs).

Costs do not include baggage fees, passports, ISIC, insurance (travel/medical), some meals, some ground transportation, tips, or personal expenses.

Students have the choice to purchase an ISIC (International Student Identity Card) from UC International for $25.  This is not included in the total expected cost.

Application
Application required.  Please click here to apply for this course.  Even though the priority deadline was Sept. 6 - applications are still being accepted until the class is full.The application deadline is September 6.

UC undergraduate students who are not in the University Honors Program are welcome and encouraged to apply, provided the student has a cumulative university GPA of 3.4 or above.  Graduate students are not eligible to enroll.

A note on language competency: While it's not necessary that you speak and understand either Spanish or French, you should be willing to learn some basic phrases and to accept a certain level of language interaction inherent to being an outsider in another culture.

Vaccinations and Health Precautions
Contact your physician to discuss what vaccinations and health precautions are recommended.

All participants should carefully read the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s webpage for Cuba or Martinique (depending on your specific destination).

Travel Documents
In order to travel outside the United States, you will need to have passport that is valid for at least six months after your return; for this course, that means September 2014.  To find the forms you need to apply for or renew your passport, go to the Passport page on the US State Department's website.  New passports regualrly cost $135 while renewals cost $110.

UC recommends that all students have an International Student Identification Card (ISIC).  UC International has information regarding how to obtain an ISIC.  ISICs are $25.

Faculty Leaders
Kevin Grace (University Libraries & Archive) - Global Studies faculty leader
Sean Hughes (Journalism) - Cuba faculty leader
Anne-Marie Jézéquel (French) - Martinique faculty leader

Questions?
Contact the appropriate faculty leader or André Durham of the University Honors Program for more information.