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FACULTY OF HUMANITIES & EDUCATION HANDBOOK 2010–2011

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

CULTURAL STUDIES (CLTR)

For more detailed information concerning the courses described on these pages (e.g. prerequisites, marking schemes, required texts, etc.), please consult the relevant department, school or the Faculty of Humanities & Education website http:www.cavehill. uwi.edu/fhe/.

CLASSICAL LITERATURES (CLAS)

Level I

CLTR1050 Aspects of Brazilian Culture I This course is designed for the student with little or no background in Brazilian History and Culture. It approaches basic elements of Brazilian culture in order to understand the historical and cultural backgrounds and aspects of the “continental” country Brazil - the only Portuguese speaking country in the Americas. Different influences from Africa, Europe and Asia are critically analysed.

Level I

CLTR1501 Topics in African Cultural Traditions This course explores the diversity of African cultural traditions. It begins with an exploration of African historiography and then turns to an examination of the dynamics of cultural change and development as a result of European imperialism and de- colonisation. The course will rely heavily on an array of regional case studies, African literature, film and music to further explore a range of cultural practices on the continent. We will be especially concerned with understanding the cultural significance of the performative and creative arts in the construction of African identities.

CLAS1301 Classical Background to Western Literature I This course is designed to provide students of modern literature with the necessary background in the literatures of ancient Greece and Rome. To this end, students will study a selection of the works (in translation) written by some of the most famous authors of the ancient world. The course is divided into three modules: Epic poetry, Tragedy, and Lyric poetry.

CLAS1302 Classical Background to Western Literature II This course is designed to provide students of literature with the necessary background in the history, philosophy, comedy and satire of ancient Greece and Rome. To this end, students will study a selection of the works (in translation) of some of the most famous authors of the ancient world. The course is divided into three modules: History and Philosophy; Comedy; Satire.

CLTR1505 Cultural Studies and Caribbean Dance The movement expressions of the Caribbean have often been problematically dubbed as “folk or ethnic dance”. Using conceptual frameworks provided by Cultural Studies this course explores the popular social dance forms of the Caribbean through a careful examination of the history and aesthetic principles that have guided their development and popularization. To this end, the course introduces students to a range of dance forms and later maps the stylisation process they undergo as they are moved from the streets into the studio and on to the stage.

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CLTR1100 Culture and Identity This course introduces students to the debates surrounding the formation of cultural identities. The course will demonstrate that both culture and identity are contested entities as students are shown the ways in which various, and oft times contradictory narratives of culture, shape the construct of identities. It will address such issues as the relation between culture as lived experience and institutional or sanctioned versions of ‘C’ulture. It will also examine the ways in which our sense of identity and belonging are formed as well as how new cultural texts emerge to subvert dominant ideologies.

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