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  • Locations: Havana, Cuba
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Psychology Program Type: UMBC Faculty-led Program
Housing Options: Homestay GPA Requirement: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate
Faculty Leader: Dr. Jasmine Abrams
Program Description:
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Course Overview:

PSYC 230: Psychology and Culture (3 credits, GEP: C & SS):This course builds on basic concepts and research methods in contemporary American psychology and explores how those ideas vary in a different culture. It examines how social, political, and cultural trends affect the individual, and investigates cultural differences and similarities in attitudes, beliefs, and practices. Students will see how the influence of culture on psychological principles and constructs, including developmental processes, communication, identity, and social behavior, differ between the U.S. and Cuba.

The program also includes: 

  • Visits to local elementary schools and senior centers 
  • Guest speakers
  • Cultural activities
  • Housing
  • Meals
The Country:
Cuba, with a diverse population and political system that is a near opposite to that of the United States, offers fertile ground and rich opportunities for international studies. Cuba’s fusion of Native, Spanish, African, and North American influences have given rise to a culture that is different from and similar to that of other Caribbean countries. Havana, the destination of choice, is the most populous city in Cuba (and the Caribbean), and prides itself on being a “melting pot” of languages, customs, and cultural traditions. The program includes guest lectures and field trips to historical and cultural sites in Havana such as landmarks in Old Havana, Museum of the Revolution, Museum of the Orishas, and Callejon de Hamel. 
Faculty Overview: 
Dr. Jasmine Abrams is an international bio-behavioral research scientist and assistant professor in Psychology. Dr. Abrams’ work in health promotion is conducted with the goal of utilizing culture as an avenue to better understand and reduce health disparities among women of African ancestry. She has expertise in teaching and conducting transnational community-engaged research, prevention science, quantitative and qualitative research, and intervention development, adaptation, and evaluation.    
Tentative Itinerary:
Itinerary Subject to Change
Sunday, May 26, 2019 Arrivals and Check Ins; Dinner and Cannon Ceremony at Castillo de San Carlos de la Cabana
Monday, May 27, 2019 Guest Lecture on Jose Marti; Lecture on History & Culture; Transfer to Havana Vieja & Independent Lunch & Tour of Havana Vieja
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 Guest Lecture on History; Culture, and National Identity; Transfer to Havana Vieja Visit to the Museo de la Revolución; Visit to Plaza de la Revolución
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 Lecture and Discussion with socio-economically diverse Cubans; Scavenger Hung Exercise; Lecture and Discussion on Social Behavior and Norms
Thursday, May 30, 2019 Lecture and Discussion on Enculturation; Create a Culture Activity, Presentations, and Discussion
Friday, May 31, 2019 Transfer to Havana Vieja and Observation Exercise; Transfer to Vedado; Communication Activity; Lecture and Discussion on Language and Communication; Visit to Fabrica del Arte 
Saturday, June 1, 2019 Independent Day for Reflection and Presentation Work
Sunday, June 2, 2019 Visit to Havana Cathedral for Mass and Visit to Iglesia Pentocostal; Visit Callejon de Hamel (Afro Cuban Drumming and Rumba); Visit El Cristo de la Habana; Discussion on Racial Identity in Regla or Microdiez
Monday, June 3, 2019 Visit to Museum of the Orishas (Yoruba Cultural Association);Visit Centro Nacional de Educación Sexual; Lecture and Discussion on Identity/Culture and Intersectionality
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Guest Lecture: Healthcare in Cuba; Visit to Policlinico; Reflection Activity and Discussion 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 Departure

Cost overview: 
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This program is currently not accepting applications.