Caribbean Studies Program Overview
Caribbean Studies Programs

Caribbean Studies Courses

2017-2018 Special Topics Courses

2017-2018 Caribbean Studies Program Course Timetable

Program Overview

The Caribbean Studies Program is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that consists of courses on Caribbean history and society, politics and economic development, literature and thought.  Our courses deal with a wide range of issues including gender, religion, culture, ethnicity, race, development, language, colonialism, the environment and regional common markets.  Caribbean Studies equips students to think about broad, theoretical and challenging intellectual issues and, at the same time, to ground that expansive thinking in deep understanding of the particular historical, political, economic, geographical, cultural and linguistic realities of the Caribbean and its diasporas.  This combined interdisciplinary and area studies approach prepares students to think across disciplines about these kinds of questions, and to base their comparative, transnational and interdisciplinary thinking in concrete knowledge of the Caribbean and its people.  The study of the Caribbean equips students to question the order of things, reflect on their own place in the world, and see past the Caribbean’s size or current level of geo-political influence to recognize the inherent value and intellectual significance of all places and all people.

The specialist, major and minor programs in Caribbean studies all require completion of NEW120Y1 (Introduction to Caribbean Studies) and JQR360H1 (The Canadian Census: Populations, Migrations and Demographics). Others may be chosen from a broad list of courses including those taught by the departments of Anthropology, English, History, Political Science, French or Spanish and Portuguese. There are also a wide range of interdisciplinary courses sponsored by New College including NEW220H1 (Comparative Caribbean Literature I: Canonical Readings), NEW221H1 (Comparative Caribbean Literature II: Contemporary Readings); NEW225H1 (Caribbean Societies), NEW226H1 (Caribbean Political Thought), NEW315H1 (Caribbean Foodways Across History, Culture and Diaspora); NEW316H1 (Caribbean Religions); NEW317H1 (Caribbean Women Writers); NEW321H1 (Caribbean Visual Arts, Social Media and Performance); NEW324H1 (The Contemporary Caribbean in a Global Context); NEW325H1 (Caribbean Women Thinkers); NEW328H1 (Caribbean Indentureship and its Legacies); NEW421H1 (Global Perspectives on the Haitian Revolution); NEW424Y1 (The Capitalist Press); NEW428H1 (Caribbean Migrations and Diasporas). Students registered in Caribbean studies are encouraged to pursue a complementary focus in another discipline. Students can also opt for History courses: HIS230H1 (Indigenous and Early Colonial Caribbean History) and HIS231H1 (Revolution and Emancipation in the Colonial Caribbean); a joint History and Caribbean Studies course JHN323H1 (Indigeneity in the Caribbean) and two joint courses with the Latin American Studies Program, JLN327H1 (Regional Perspectives on the Hispanic Caribbean) and JLN427H1 (Advanced Topics: The Hispanic Caribbean).

Caribbean Studies also organizes and participates in seminars, public lectures and other events that are related to the Caribbean and its diaspora, and has a close relationship with Caribbean Studies Associations on campus.

Enrolment in Caribbean Studies is open to students who have completed four courses; no minimum GPA is required.

Caribbean Studies Programs

Specialist Program:

(10 full courses or their equivalent, including at least four 300+ series course with at least one FCE at the 400-level)

1.  NEW120Y1
2.  1.0 full course or its equivalent from HIS230H1/HIS231H1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1
3.  JQR360H1
4.  3.5 full courses or their equivalent from the Core Group (including at least 2.5 FCE at the 300+ level, at least 1.0 FCE of which must be at the 400-level.
5.  2.0 full courses or their equivalent from Group A(including at least 1.0 FCE at the 300+ level)
6.  2.0 full courses or their equivalent from Group A or Group B

Major Program:

(7 full courses or their equivalent, including at least two at the 300+ level with at least 0.5 FCE at the 400-level)

1.  NEW120Y1
2.  1.0 full course or its equivalent from HIS230H1/HIS231H1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1
3.  JQR360H1
4.  2.0 full courses or their equivalent from the Core Group at the 300+, at least 0.5 FCE of which must be at the 400-level
5.  EITHER 2.5 full courses or their equivalent from Group A or Group BOR – 2.0 full courses or their equivalent if taking 1.5 FCE of HIS230H1/HIS231H1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1OR – 1.5 full courses or their equivalent if taking 2.0 FCE from HIS230H1/HIS231H1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1

Minor Program:

(4 full courses or their equivalent, including at least one FCE at the 300+ level)

1.  NEW120Y1
2.  1.0 full course or its equivalent from HIS230H1/HIS231H1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1
3.  1.0 full courses or its equivalent from the Core Group
4.  1.0 full course or its equivalent from the Core Group or Group A

Caribbean Studies Course Groups

Core Group:

HIS230H1, HIS231H1, HIS474H1; JHN323H1;JLN327H1, JLN427H1; NEW220H1, NEW221H1, NEW224Y1, NEW315H1, NEW316H1, NEW317H1, NEW321H1, NEW324H1, NEW325H1, NEW328H1, NEW329H1, NEW421H1, NEW423H1, NEW424Y1, NEW426H1, NEW426Y1, NEW428H1, NEW429H1; SPA486H1

Group A:

ENG359H1, ENG366H1, ENG369H1; HIS106Y1, HIS292H1. HIS305H1, HIS312H1, HIS359H1, HIS360H1, HIS413H1, HIS446H1, HIS474H1; SPA220Y1; WGS450H1

Group B:

ANT316H1, ANT322H1, ANT324H1, ANT345H1, ANT346H1, ANT364H1, ANT370H1, ANT372H1, ANT374H1, ANT412H1, ANT420H1, ANT427H1, ANT451H1, ANT452H1; ARC233H1; CDN335H1; CIN332Y1; CRI383H1, CRI487H1; DRM362H1; DTS200Y1, DTS401H1, DTS402H1, DTS403H1; EEB215H1, EEB255H1; ENG270Y1, ENG285H1, ENG370H1; ENV322H1, ENV422H1; FOR201H1, FOR306H1; FRE240H1, FRE324H1, FRE332H1, FRE336H1; GGR240H1, GGR338H1; HAJ453H1; HIS301H1; INS201Y1, INS250H1, INS300Y1, INS302H1, INS322H1, INS355H1, INS390H1, INS402H1, INS491Y1; JPR374H1; JPS315H1; LAS200H1, LAS201H1; NEW150Y1, NEW240Y1, NEW270H1, NEW322H1, NEW351Y1; PHL316H1, PHL362H1; POL201Y1, POL305Y1, POL326Y1, POL349H1, POL417Y1, POL424H1, POL429H1, POL445H1, POL447H1, POL482H1; RLG100Y1, RLG233H1, RLG243H1, RLG280Y1; SOC383H1; WGS273H1, WGS369H1, WGS385H1, WGS426H1, WGS440H1, WGS450H1, WGS463H1

Note:  Not all courses will be offered each year. Students are responsible for checking the co- and prerequisites for all courses in Groups A and B. To confirm course availability or to see the course descriptions check the Arts and Science Calendar.

Caribbean Studies Program Courses

NEW120Y1 Introduction to Caribbean Studies [48L/24T]

Explores the complex and diverse languages, geographies, regional and national histories, cultural practices, intellectual traditions and political and economic landscapes of the Caribbean region, its people and its diasporas.  Students will be introduced to the main questions, themes, and debates in Caribbean Studies.  Lectures and readings develop the skills to take an interdisciplinary approach to Caribbean Studies.
DR: HUM, BR=1+3

NEW220H1 Comparative Caribbean Literature I – Canonical Readings (Formerly NEW222Y1) [24L]

Introduction to the rich and multi-linguistic literary traditions of the Caribbean and its diaspora, focusing on canonical texts of Caribbean literature.  Texts not originally written in English are read in translation.
Exclusion: NEW222H1, NEW223Y1
Recommended Preparation: NEW120Y1
DR: HUM, BR=1

NEW221H1 Comparative Caribbean Literature II  – Contemporary Readings [24L]

Focuses on recent literary production, written in the last decade, from the Caribbean, insular and continental, and its diaspora.  Texts not originally written in English are read in translation.  While NEW220H1 is an excellent companion course, NEW221H1 can be taken independently.
Exclusion:  NEW222H1, NEW222Y1, NEW223Y1
Recommended Preparation: NEW120Y1
DR: HUM, BR=1

NEW225H1    Caribbean Societies [24L/12T]

Offers an interdisciplinary introduction to Caribbean sociology, focusing on the writings of thinkers and scholars from the era of colonization to the more contemporary period.  Themes may include:  colonial encounters in the making of Caribbean societies; the role of religion; popular consciousness; histories of capitalism and exploitation; the relationship between political institutions and the wider society; “development”, dependency and “underdevelopment”.
Recommended Preparation: NEW120Y1
Exclusion:  NEW224Y1
DR:  HUM, BR=2

NEW226H1     Caribbean Political Thought [24L/12T]

Examines currents of Caribbean political thought from the Haitian Revolution to the present.  Themes may include:  struggles for independence and liberation, particularly the Haitian and Cuban Revolutions; theories of dependency; Caribbean political systems; regional integration; contemporary political issues facing Caribbean societies today; analyses of capitalism by Caribbean thinkers.
Recommended Preparation: NEW120Y1
Exclusion:  NEW224Y1
DR:  HUM, BR=2

NEW259H1    World Music Ensemble: Steel Pan [48P]

Rehearsal, performance and study of Steel Pan ensemble.
Prerequisite: permission of the Caribbean Studies Program Director
Recommended Preparation: NEW120Y1
Exclusion: PMU272H1
DR HUM; BR=1

NEW315H1  Caribbean Foodways Across History, Culture and Diaspora [24L]

Examines the historical roots of regional Caribbean food from the colonial period to the present day, and then moves to study Caribbean food in the global and Caribbean-Canadian diasporas, in the literary imagination, as a marker of personal, group and national identity, and as cultural expression.
Prerequisite:  Completion of 4.0 FCE
Recommended Preparation:  HIS230H1/HIS231H1/NEW120Y1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1
DR HUM; BR=2

NEW316H1  Caribbean Religions [24L]

Explores the complex and dynamic practices, philosophies and political and cultural contexts of Caribbean religions.  Topics may include the profound impact – in both the Caribbean and its diasporas – of Caribbean Christianities, Hinduism and Islam as well as Afro-Creole religions such as vodou, Rastafari and Santeria.
Prerequisite:  HIS230H1/HIS231H1/NEW120Y1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1
Exclusion:  NEW329H1 Special Topics in Caribbean Studies:  Caribbean Religions
DR HUM; BR=2

NEW317H1  Caribbean Women Writers [24L]

A critical feminist reading of selected works of fiction, poetry and essays by Caribbean women writers.  The aim is to appraise the development of this literature, situate texts within the key social and political debates which have influenced the region’s literary output, as well as to consider the implications of the environments within which these writers function.
Prerequisite:  Completion of 4.0 FCE
Exclusion:  WGS330H1
Recommended Preparation:  HIS230H1/HIS231H1/NEW120Y1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1
DR HUM; BR=1

NEW321H1    Caribbean Visual Arts, Social Media and Performance [24L]

Explores themes relating to visual arts, social media and theatre in the Caribbean.  Topics may include:  theatre, film, mixed media arts, the role of the internet and online publishing in the arts and the relationship between artists, the state and wider society.
Prerequisite: HIS230H1/HIS231H1/NEW120Y1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1
DR HUM; BR=1

JHN323H1    Indigeneity in the Caribbean [24L]

Explores the legacies of the pre-Columbian era, as well as the post-1492 experiences of people of pre-Columbian Caribbean ancestry.  Examines the origins and consequences of the Caribbean’s narrative of “indigenous absence”, as well as the relationship between indigeneity, globalization and diaspora.
Prerequisite: HIS230H1/HIS231H1/INS201Y1/NEW120Y1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1
DR HUM, BR=3

NEW324H1    The Contemporary Caribbean in a Global Context [24L]

This upper level course examines the interplay between wider global processes and intra-regional responses that together help shape contemporary Caribbean realities.  Topics include:  economic crisis and structural adjustment; tourism; the agricultural sector; the Caribbean Single Market and Economy; migration and diaspora.
Prerequisite: HIS230H1/HIS231H1/NEW120Y1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1
Exclusion: NEW324Y1
DR HUM, BR=3

NEW325H1    Caribbean Women Thinkers [24L]

An examination of the historical and political significance of writings (literary, political, scholarly) by Caribbean women who engage problems within Caribbean culture and provide insights into the endeavours of the peoples of the region.
Prerequisite:  Completion of 4.0 FCE
DR HUM; BR=1

JLN327H1    Regional Perspectives on the Hispanic Caribbean [24L]

Explores the Hispanic areas of the Caribbean including the Caribbean areas of continental Spanish-speaking America.  Topics may include: regional politics, stage and economy; revolutions and authoritarian regimes; popular culture, the arts and media; religion and society; gender and sexuality; state structures; diasporas and migration.
Prerequisite: HIS230H1/HIS231H1/LAS200H1/LAS201H1/NEW120Y1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1
DR SOC SCI; BR=3

NEW328H1    Caribbean Indentureship and its Legacies [24L]

Explores indentured migration and its legacies from the 17th century through to the present.  Encourages students to think comparatively and transnationally about indentureship and diaspora, as well as indentured migration’s relationship to contract and labour law.
Prerequisite: HIS230H1/HIS231H1/NEW120Y1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1
Exclusion: NEW326Y1
DR HUM; BR=3

JQR360H1   The Canadian Census:  Populations, Migrations and Demographics [24L]

Examines the Canadian population census through the experience of diasporic groups in Canada.  Approaches the census as a statistical tool, an historical source and an ideological project of citizenship and nationalism.  Uses census data to explore mathematical and statistical concepts and to integrate numerical ways of thinking with qualitative analysis. (Jointly sponsored by African Studies, Caribbean Studies, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, Equity Studies, and Latin American Studies)
PrerequisiteDTS200Y1/HIS230H1/HIS231H1/NEW120Y1/NEW150Y1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1/NEW240Y1
DR SOC SCI; BR=3

NEW421H1    Global Perspectives on the Haitian Revolution [24S]

Examines the colonial pre-history of the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804).  Explores how this transatlantic revolution unfolded, including the emancipation of slaves, Toussaint, Louverture, and the roles played by Spain, the United States and Britain.  A reflection on the Revolution in contemporary literature and film.
Prerequisite: HIS230H1/HIS231H1/NEW120Y1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1
DR HUM or SOC SCI; BR=3

NEW424Y1    The Capitalist Press and the New Imperialism [72S]

Social analysis of the state-corporate mainstream capitalist press (print/electronic) problematically named The Free Press; its racist-sexist globalizing EuroAmerican cultural imperialism; the production of the commoditized consumer-subject and other re-conquest narratives and their implications for Caribbean and other World Majority peoples.
Prerequisite: HIS230H1/HIS231H1/NEW120Y1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1
Exclusion: NEW424H1
DR HUM; BR=2+3

JLN427H1    Advanced Topics:  The Hispanic Caribbean [24S]

Explores, in depth, a country in the Hispanic Caribbean or a theme relating to the Hispanic Caribbean.  Topics vary each year and may include:  Cuban society; Hispanic Caribbean revolutions; Hispanic Caribbean music, art and popular cultures; Hispanic Caribbean diasporas.
Prerequisite: HIS230H1/HIS231H1/JLN327H1/LAS200H1/LAS201H1/NEW120Y1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1
Exclusion: NEW427H1
DR HUM; BR=3

NEW428H1    Caribbean Migrations and Diasporas [24S]

Examines Caribbean migration in the post-slavery era.  Topics include:  Caribbean diasporas in the West; labour migrations such as the Panama Canal migration; Caribbean migrant communities in Central America; intra-regional migrations between the Caribbean islands; ‘guest worker’ programs; remittances and their impact; heritage tourism and ‘return’ migrations.
Prerequisite: HIS230H1/HIS231H1/NEW120Y1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1
DR HUM; BR=3

NEW429H1  Canadian Diaspora in Canada [24S]

Explores the transnational circuits through which the Caribbean diaspora makes a living and makes life in contemporary Canada.  How do we make sense of the Caribbean experience in Canada?  What might an engagement with the Caribbean teach us about Canada as a diasporic space?
Prerequisite:  CDN355H1/HIS230H1/HIS231H1/NEW120Y1/NEW220H1/NEW221H1/NEW225H1/NEW226H1
Exclusion:  NEW329H1 (if taken in Summer 2013 or Summer 2014 as “The Caribbean Diaspora:  Travels and Tribulations”)
DR SOC SCI; BR=3

2017-2018 Special Topics Courses

NEW329H1S     Special Topics in Caribbean Studies

2017-2018 Topic:  Caribbean Regionalism
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2017 – 2018 Caribbean Studies Course Timetable

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