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Undergraduate Course: Cuba since 1895: the Pursuit of Independence (HIST10153)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaHistory Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will introduce students to Cuban history from the Second War of Independence to the present day. It will ask why the war that ended nearly 400 years of Spanish colonial rule on the island concluded in 1898 with US military occupation rather than victory for the revolutionary forces of 'Cuba Libre'. It will analyse the mechanisms of US control in Cuba following the inauguaration of the Republic in 1902. Particular attention will be paid to socio-economic and cultural ties of dependency based on sugar monoculture. However, a key theme of this course is the importance of nationalism as a vehicle of socio-political change. It will look at Cuban responses to foreign domination that culminated with the triumph of Fidel Castro?s twenty-sixth of July movement in 1959. It will assess the nature and the policies of the Castro regime, and ask whether dependency on the US was simply replaced by dependency on the Soviet Union. The course concludes with an examination of the crisis but continuing survival of the Castro regime following the collapse of Soviet Union in 1991.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  24
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 67 %, Coursework 33 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
After completing this course, students will have developed a knowledge and understanding of the main developments in Cuban history from 1895. They will acquire the following generic and subject-specific skills:
(i) The ability to analyse significant events and themes in a specific historical period;
(ii) The ability to organise data from an array of sources, in particular primary sources under tutor supervision;
(iii) The ability to collate information and explore in greater detail aspects of the course raised in seminars;
(iv) The ability to utilise historical terminology in a clear and concise manner. The ability to cope with different historical approaches in areas of controversy.
Assessment Information
One essay of about 3000 words (one third of overall assessment); one two-hour examination paper (two-thirds of overall assessment).
Visiting Student Variant Assessment
One essay of about 3000 words (one third of overall assessment); one take home examination paper (two thirds of overall assessment).
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Course organiserDr Julius Ruiz
Tel: (0131 6)50 3760
Course secretaryMiss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50
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