FACULTY OF HUMANITIES & EDUCATION HANDBOOK 2010–2011
CLTR3101 Race, Nationalism and Culture This course examines the idea of race and nationalism from a cultural studies perspective. Critical attention will be given to the intersection between discourses of race and nationalism, and their linkages to global economic exploitation. The relationship between imperialism and understandings of cultural sovereignty fashioned by the anti-colonial intelligentsia is a key feature of the course. Close attention will be paid to the connection between the rise of both the modern state and the concept of race, as well as race as representation.
United States, emphasis is placed on the complex interplay of continuity and change in the forms, beliefs and iconography of syncretic performance-based religions.
CLTR3500 Discourses in Cultural Studies The course is intended to introduce students to the expanse of the Cultural Studies disciplinary terrain, its methods of inquiry, its contribution and essential nature. This will be achieved by close examination of the process of institutionalization and the spread of Cultural Studies throughout the northern and southern hemispheres.
CLTR3102 Exhibiting Culture This course examines processes and issues related to the public display of culture. It seeks to theorize the political economy of exhibiting and performing cultures across a range of diverse settings including: world fairs, museum venues, cultural festivals, art galleries, tourist floor shows, trade fairs, and theme parks. Topics will include the history of such displays and associated institutions, the relationship between these institutions and their communities, the differences among the distinct exhibitionary frames, the patterns of consumption and production, and the diverse communicative processes involved in interpreting and experiencing the display and performance of culture.
CLTR3103 Black Popular Culture This course examines ideas, performances and depictions of black popular culture from the beginning of the twentieth century into the early twenty-first century. Special emphasis will be placed on analysing key events and movements in the history of African diaspora popular culture. Additionally, public and textual criticism, and audience reception of a variety of African diaspora images and representations in popular literature, music, film, television, and art will constitute the focus of the course. Course readings and film screenings will be utilized to consider the complex, contradictory, and potentially liberating capacity of black cultural production to transform the historical non-valuation of blackness. Throughout the course, attention will be paid to issues of class, gender, sexuality, and language.
COCR2040 Foreign Language Theatre in Performance Participation in the UWI Theatre Festival in foreign languages will provide students with the opportunity to develop skills that are not easily acquired in the classroom. They will experience the oral performative dimension of language through stage performance, and develop an appreciation for the dramatic arts as a mode of communication, a capacity for teamwork and the ability to communicate effectively with foreign language speakers.
COMS1101 Human Communication I This course provides students with an overview of the discipline and an understanding of the role theory plays in the study of communication. Students are introduced to different ways of thinking about communication as influenced by cultural, historical and academic perspectives.
CLTR3110 The Sacred Arts of the Black Atlantic This course examines the aesthetics and performative dimensions of Black Atlantic sacred expressions. In its interdisciplinary treatment of the diverse African-derived ritual traditions of the Caribbean, Brazil and the Southern
COMS1104 Introduction to Public Speaking This is a practical course which focuses on the principles of verbal and non-verbal communication, audience analysis and techniques for researching, organizing, supporting and presenting ideas effectively to public audiences. The course seeks to strengthen the link between critical thinking, listening and effective speaking.