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Course module: UCINTCAR21
Caribbean Studies
Course info
Course codeUCINTCAR21
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level2 (Bachelor Elaborating)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byUniversity College; Humanities;
Contact persondr. J.C. Ballantyne, PhD
Telephone+31 30 2532027
dr. J.C. Ballantyne, PhD
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Contactperson for the course
dr. J.C. Ballantyne, PhD
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Teaching period
SUMMER  (22/05/2017 to 23/06/2017)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
RemarkCounts towards HUM and SSC major. Course is prerequisite for Aruba program, but also open to all other students.
Course application processTutor / Education&Student Office
Additional informationNew students indicate course preferences on their UCU application form. Continuing students contact their tutor.
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Waiting listNo
Course placement processEducation&Student office
Additional informationThe Education&Student office places students based on tutor-led course registration and maximum class size.
After completing this course, students are able to:
  • understand key themes and issues contributing to the development of Caribbean societies
  • understand the key themes and issues concerning small island developing states in the Caribbean region
  • understand the place of the Caribbean in world history
  • recognize a range of interdisciplinary approaches to topics within a specific discipline
  • communicate about the application of methodology to specific interdisciplinary questions
  • develop skills in cultural competence from learning about cultural heritage and practice
  • work with secondary sources to prepare for conducting research with primary sources
This course examines the circumstances of the islands in the Antilles in the light of their relationship with the Netherlands, with the other islands in the Caribbean, and in the wider context of small island developing states (SIDS).  Students learn about the factors that weigh in cultural heritage and the current situation in island societies.  The course treats the issues that are relevant to understanding the challenges that these islands face, not only from the point of view of their political status, but also as small islands that have to adapt in the face of change in government, economy, climate, environment, biodiversity, and political relations with neighboring states and former colonial powers. The social, cultural and demographic makeup of the Caribbean islands contributes to the approaches that they take to their own development, and each island represents a very different case. For many of the islands, tourism is the main, if not only source of income; the impact of tourism on local culture, government, society, the environment and the economy is considered, as well as how sustainable tourism could benefit the community in the long term. Students learn to consider what kinds of research are relevant, and to apply their cultural competence to their assessment of how research might be carried out in cooperation with students, faculty and institutions in Caribbean populations.

The course is required for students applying to participate in the Field Research Aruba program to prepare them for conducting field research.
Week 1: Discussions and guest lectures on introductory topics
Weeks 2 and 3: Seminar sessions and workshops with visiting teacher from the University of Aruba.  Both weeks include additional guest teachers and video meetings will be set up with contacts in Aruba
Week 4: Guest lecture series:  Research applications in the Caribbean
Week 5: Students evaluate and present finalized research reviews for potential areas of research
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
90 ects must have been completed.
Required materials
Instructional formats
UCU INT 2 course

Participation and discussion
Test weight10
Minimum grade-

Reading/Discussion Responses
Test weight10
Minimum grade-

Peer Evaluation, Research Review
Test weight10
Minimum grade-

Case Study Report
Test weight15
Minimum grade-

Research Review
Test weight35
Minimum grade-

Presentation, Research Review
Test weight10
Minimum grade-

Case Study Presentation
Test weight10
Minimum grade-

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