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Caribbean Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that draws on perspectives, largely from the humanities and social sciences to provide an understanding of Caribbean society and cultures. For the purpose of this syllabus, the Caribbean region is defined in terms of its geography, common historical experiences, cultural identities, participation in the global community, intermixing of diverse ethnic and racial groups, and its continuing struggle for survival and sovereignty.
The region comprises mainland territories including Belize, Suriname, Guyana; and island states; such as the Lesser and Greater Antilles; the Bahamas, Bermuda, Trinidad and Tobago and the Netherland Antilles. It also includes Caribbean diasporic communities. This interdisciplinary subject provides students with the opportunity to study issues relevant to the distinctive physical, political and socio-economic challenges facing the small states which comprise the region. Such study integrates perspectives from various disciplines including, Cultural Studies and Ethics, Economics, Government and Politics, History, International Relations, Physical and Human Ecology, and Sociology, as tools for understanding Caribbean society and culture.
This course aims to:
- develop an understanding of the factors which influence the evolution of Caribbean society and culture in the region and its diaspora;
- develop an awareness of how current global trends and cultures affect, and are affected by, the Caribbean Region and its diaspora;
- develop an understanding of the issues which are important to the development of the Caribbean Region and its diaspora;
- develop the capability to investigate and report on issues which promote a better understanding of the Caribbean region and its diaspora;
- encourage reflection on how factors which have shaped the Caribbean Region and its diaspora, have influenced their lives and the lives of their communities;
- develop a respect for Caribbean cultural diversity and identities;
- develop an appreciation of the importance of dealing justly and equitably with other groups and individuals;
- develop the ability to apply acquired skills and abilities in making decisions and responding to challenges in their personal lives.
CAPE Caribbean Studies SBA
MODULE 1: CARIBBEAN SOCIETY AND CULTURE On completion of this Module, students should: 1. understand the factors which have shaped Caribbean society and culture, including Caribbean diasporic communities; 2. appreciate how cultural traits evident throughout the region have resulted from Caribbean peoples’ experiences; 3. understand the common features which exist within Caribbean diversity; 4. understand the relevance of concepts encountered within the Module to their own lives and to the lives of their communities.
- Locate and define the Caribbean region and its diaspora;
- Analyse the impact of the historical process in Caribbean society and culture;
- Analyse the characteristic features of Caribbean society and culture;
- Analyse the process of identity and social formation in the Caribbean;
- Assess the impact of geographical processes on Caribbean society and culture;
- Evaluate the ways in which societal institutions impact on their lives;
- Evaluate the ways in which the Arts and popular culture impact Caribbean society;
- Analyse how the global community and Caribbean society impact each other.
MODULE 2: ISSUES IN CARIBBEAN DEVELOPMENT On completion of this Module, students should demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between: 1. politics, economics and human development; 2. culture and development; 3. technology and development; 4. social justice and development.
- Describe the concepts of development and the indicators used to measure development;
- Evaluate how development in the region is influenced by political, economic, social, cultural, environmental and technological factors;
- Assess the ways in which globalisation affects development in the region;
- Explain the ways in which the evolution of the integration movement in the Caribbean has influenced development in the region;
- Evaluate the importance of sports to the development of the region;
- Assess the significance of Caribbean thought to the development of the region;
- Critically analyse factors which impact mass media’s contribution to the development of the region;
- Formulate reasoned responses to issues of social justice within their communities.
MODULE 3: INVESTIGATING ISSUES IN THE CARIBBEAN On completion of this Module, students should: 1. demonstrate research and analytical skills; 2. work independently or in teams to formulate, conduct and report on inquiries into issues they have identified as significant to the region and its diaspora; 3. appreciate the importance of ethical issues in conducting research; 4. apply appropriate techniques of analysis to issues in the Caribbean.
- Explain the nature and purpose of research;
- Identify a research problem;
- Formulate relevant research questions and/or hypotheses
- Evaluate existing information about the problem;
- Apply various methods of enquiry;
- Apply appropriate methods of sampling;
- Apply appropriate forms for presenting data and techniques for analysing data;
- Adhere to basic principles for maintaining ethical standards in conducting research.