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Race & Ethnicity Requirement

Some CGIS customized programs offer courses that fulfill LSA’s Race and Ethnicity requirement. Taught by U-M faculty, these courses examine the social constructs of race and ethnicity in the host country, and how they perpetuate inequalities and injustice in ways that may be similar to or different from the US experience. 

Programs which will fulfill this requirement:

Cuba: Roots, Culture, & Rhythm

Africans have contributed to the cultural landscape of Cuba since the transatlantic slave trade. This 3-week, 3-credit course takes an interdisciplinary approach in examining three areas of focus: The deep roots of Cuban popular music and dance; how the spiritual practices of the Yoruba, Haitian and Congo peoples have contributed to the evolution of musical, dance and art practices of Cubans, especially those of AfroCuban heritage; and how these practices have shaped ideas around race and identity, historically and in the present. As an extension of class sessions, a variety of excursions are planned for the student learning experience in Havana. Some of the excursions will include a visit to Revolution Square, Jose Martí Memorial, Museo de Bellas Artes, Regla, and Casa de Africa with a didactic Afro-Cuban Show. There is a dance component to this program. No prior dance or music experience is required;  however, students are required to engage in the physical component of the course. This program is taught and led by U-M Associate Professor of Dance Robin Wilson. This program will not be running Summer 2023.