Caribbean Studies Syllabus

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MODULE 1: CARIBBEAN SOCIETY AND CULTURE
OVERVIEW Module 1 introduces students to the role played by geography in shaping the society and culture of the Caribbean region as well as the historical evolution of Caribbean society, the cultural characteristics of the Caribbean people, and the ways in which Caribbean society and culture influence and are influenced by societies and cultures outside the region. GENERAL OBJECTIVES On completion of this Module, students should: 1. Understand the factors which have shaped Caribbean society and culture;

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 SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES Students should be able to: 1. Locate and define the Caribbean;

2. Explain the terms ‘society’ and ‘culture’;

3. Describe the characteristic features of Caribbean society and culture

4.

Analyze the impact of the historical processes in Caribbean society and culture;

5.

Assess the impact of geographical processes on Caribbean society and culture

6. Evaluate the ways in which societal institutions impact on their lives;

7.

Analyze how the global community and Caribbean society impact on each other

CONTENT 1. Location and Definition of the Caribbean Region

i.

Geographical location:

a. Names of territories

b. Sub-regions, for example, Greater Antilles, Lesser Antilles, Western Caribbean, Southern Caribbean, The Bahamas;

c. Position of territories in relation to the Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean and the continental land masses

ii.

Definitions of the Caribbean Region

a. Geographical;

b.

Geological;

c.

Historical;

d.

Political;

iii.

Caribbean Identity and Culture

2. Characteristics of Society

i.

Society

a. Shared common purpose;

b.

A defined territorial space;

c. Continuity over time and space;

d. Citizenship within a space;

ii.

Culture

a. Learned behavior common to all human beings;

b.

Norms and values which provide a guide to behavior;

c.

Institutions which prescribe behavior;

3. Characteristics of Caribbean Society and Culture

i.

Cultural Diversity

Positive and negative effects of cultural diversity; ethnic and cultural differences; the accommodation made among different ethnic groups with respect to space, political and economic power and social visibility.

ii.

Social Stratification

a.

Plantation society and its impact on Caribbean social stratification (that is, race, colour, and money as major factors in social stratification); education as a basis for new class formation and upward mobility;

b.

Concepts such as plantocracy, intelligentsia, middle class, bourgeoisie, working class, underclass, caste;

iii.

Social Mobility

iv.

Hybridization

a. Factors such as racial admixture and colour in the formation of Caribbean society and culture; terms like mulatto, meztizo, dougla, transculturation, creole;

b. Erasure, retention and renewal of cultural practices

4. Impact of Historical Processes

i.

Migratory movements and the establishment of patterns of settlement by different groups within the Caribbean from pre-Columbian times to the present

ii.

The development of systems of production: encomienda, slavery, indentureship, the plantation system

iii.

Responses of the Caribbean people to oppression and genocide: resistance, revolution, development of peasant groups

iv.

Movements toward independence

a. Political enfranchisement:

i.

Adult suffrage;

ii.

Internal self-government;

iii.

Economic enfranchisement;

iv.

Entrepreneurial activities, including shop-keeping and savings societies.

5.

Impact of Geographical Phenomena...
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