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HIST2435 The Popular Caribbean: A History

20 creditsClass Size: 28

Module manager: Bethan Fisk

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module takes as its point of departure popular contemporary representations of the Caribbean and entrenched associations such as reggae, calypso, jerk, and pristine beaches. The module interrogates these popular representations by tracing the history of cultural expression in the Caribbean during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Students will gain a cultural understanding of the region's history, including food, music and religion. Particular attention will be paid to developing a comparative perspective on Caribbean islands. Students will be encouraged to engage with existing historiographical debates and to analyse textual, visual and material sources.


On the successful completion of this module, students should:
- Have an understanding of Caribbean cultural expression
- Be able to critically engage with popular representations of Caribbean culture
- Be able to express their ideas and arguments effectively in group discussions;
- Have further developed their essay writing and presentation skills;
- Have gained further experience of working with a range of visual, material and written sources

Learning outcomes
On the successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
- Identify and articulate key developments that shaped Caribbean cultural expression in the nineteenth and twentieth century;
- Analyse the relationship between cultural and political developments in the Caribbean;
- Analyse key developments within historical representations of the region;
- Critically discuss theories of cultural and political development in the Caribbean


Our course will include the themes of:
The module will include the following themes:
- Post-emancipation protest
- Travelling representations of the Caribbean
- Island religions and spirituality
- Migration and Caribbean societies
- Music and island histories
- Carnival traditions
- Literary production
- Cultural legacies: a twentieth-century view

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Students will complete set reading, undertake self-directed study around the topic, and will research and prepare material for the assessed coursework and end of module examination.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Progress will be monitored via individual contributions to class discussions, a verbal presentation worth 10% of the overall module mark and an assessed essay worth 40% of the overall module mark.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,000 word essay, due by 12.00pm on Monday of teaching week 840.00
Poster Presentation.10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 24/01/2020 14:00:07


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