AIFS Abroad

AIFS Study Abroad in Bridgetown, Barbados
Summer 2020
Course Descriptions


Course Description

Course Code and Credits: SOC/HST 302 (4)
Course Title: Inward Stretch Outward Reach: Exploring the Contours of the Caribbean Past and Present
Course Description:
The title of this course captures the unflinching quest for self-realization amidst centuries of resistance, dependency, underdevelopment and environmental fragilities. The richly diverse histories, cultural expressions and identities of the Caribbean region present students with a rare opportunity to examine processes of socio-cultural change over time. As a crossroads culture, the Caribbean is home to multiple overlapping civilizations spanning indigenous Kalinagos and Tainos population, European settlers, enslaved and liberated Africans and Asian indentured laborers. In short, the Caribbean is the site of varied diasporic cultures where migration has been a pivotal livelihood strategy and the catalyst for the formation of incredibly hybrid cultural expressions. In our interdisciplinary exploration of the socio-cultural history of the region, students will gain keen insights into the importance of the Caribbean in the creation of the modern colonial world, and the forging of anti-colonial resistance to empire. Students will also explore some of the festive and sacred traditions as well as popular cultural forms that shape the contours of the contemporary Caribbean.