At the beginning of the 21st Century, Cuba, a small (however the biggest) island nation in the Caribbean, with a population of 11 million, is facing major challenges as it attempts to carry on and further develop its unique brand of  socialism. This course examines contemporary economic and social conditions and policies, international relations, and the ramifications of the Cuban revolution of 1959. With a focus on political, economic, environmental and social sustainability, special attention will be given to urban agriculture as well as to social policy related to health, education, family, youth, gender and sexuality. In order to deepen our understanding of Cuba’s economy, society, and culture today, we will integrate a spring-break study tour of Cuba.