FACULTY OF HUMANITIES & EDUCATION HANDBOOK 2010–2011
CLTR2000 Approaches to the Study of Culture This course introduces students to key concepts in the study of culture. Students will assess how culture is conceptualised and will analyse the approaches adopted by the various disciplines. Such concepts as high and low culture, mass culture and subculture will be examined, as well as the perspective of culture as the ordinary, or lived experience. Emphasis will be placed on reading culture as a text as students examine how culture and cultural practices are manifested. Consequently, students will focus, for example, on key practices within youth culture and in the media as they assess how the narrative of identity is constructed through the cultural text.
CLTR2050 Aspects of Brazilian Culture II Prerequisite: CLTR1050 Aspects of Brazilian Culture I This course builds on CLTR1050 by providing students with a more in-depth examination of contemporary Brazilian culture and history. It foregrounds an analysis of popular cultural manifestations and examines how they intersect with broader issues of race, nation and gender. The different influences from Africa, Europe and Asia that have shaped the “continental” culture that developed in Brazil will also be critically analysed.
CLTR2010 Global Media and Caribbean Culture In this course students will explore the ways in which the media shapes ideas about Caribbean culture, particularly Anglo- Caribbean culture. Drawing from readings in communication and cultural studies, as well as examples from a variety of mass media, the course examines the mass mediated production of Caribbean culture under three broad headings: Representations of the Caribbean, Media Flows into the Caribbean, and The Caribbean on the World Stage. This course takes a critical approach to the study of production, content and consumption of mass mediated messages about the Caribbean.
CLTR2100 Festivals, Rituals and Caribbean Society In this course, students will examine the ways in which Caribbean festivals and rituals provide roots/ routes to understanding Caribbean society and culture. Emphasis will be placed on masquerade as students consider how it provides access to understanding the historical narrative in the Caribbean, as well as debates surrounding Caribbean identity/ties. A pan-Caribbean
approach will be adopted allowing students to analyse a variety of traditional, community, religious, and national festivals within the region and the diaspora.
CLTR2401 Popular Culture and Consciousness in 20th Century South Africa This course examines the forms and institutions of popular culture in South Africa as these emerged in a context of political resistance.
CLTR2405 Religion and Ritual in Contemporary Africa This course is designed to introduce students to African religious practices. The purpose is to examine initiation rites, ceremonies and rituals that mark the social transformation of individuals within specific African societies. It further examines the ways in which religious practices serve to mediate the negotiations of traditional and contemporary African life. Case studies and films from different regions will anchor discussions of the cultural, socio-political, psychological, historical and economic dimensions of rituals and religious life in Africa.
CLTR2500 Introduction to Cultural Studies This course intends to introduce students to the main cultural practices in the Caribbean and to relate them to the study of culture in general and the Caribbean in particular. Students will be expected to analyse the impact of race, class and gender experiences in Caribbean cultural practices, and to interpret cultural expression in its broadest political sense. Students will also be expected to show familiarity with the leading intellectual interpretations of Caribbean culture.
CLTR3100 Theorising Caribbean Culture This course allows students to interrogate key theories employed, in the examination of Caribbean culture. Theorists such as Benitez Rojo, Edouard Glissant, Kamau Brathwaite, Eudine Barriteau, Rhoda Reddock, Shalani Puri, Rex Nettleford, Frantz Fanon and Maureen Warner-Lewis will be examined. Students will analyse the writings of cultural theorists, sociologists, historians, political scientist, poets, novelists, calypsonians, reggae and dancehall artists as they seek to understand how these individuals have defined the Caribbean and have helped to shape our understanding of Caribbean culture and identity.