School of Humanities
Department of History / Social Studies
P.O. Box 175, Port of Spain,
Title of the course and number : West Indian History - HIST147-04 First Semester : 2014 / 2015
Semester credits : Three (3)
Dates, Time and Location : TR, 12.15pm – 1.30pm in KIA-NE1. West Indian History : This course is a survey study of the historical processes that have contributed to the molding of the Caribbean from earliest times into its present-day form. This course is designed to provide an interpretative framework for the study of Caribbean history. Bearing in mind the amount of time and space to be covered, the class will focus on major historical periods, general themes, and the most significant people and events. Pre-requisites : none
How the course is organized: This course is a blended course. Face to face sessions (F2F) will be held every Tuesday 12.15pm – 1.30pm in KIA-NE1, while students are expected to participate fully in the comprehensive online component which will also provide course material, readings, videos, quizzes and assignments.
PURPOSE OF THE COURSE/COURSE RATIONALE
This course serves as a core requirement within the History / Social Studies department, as well as a general educational component in this university. The aim of this course is to give students a broad but comprehensive overview of Caribbean history. Owing to the historiography, emphasis will be placed on the former British colonies, however students will also be exposed to developments in the Spanish, French and Dutch Caribbean. Using this information they will be aided in the analysis of how these processes have impacted on the construction of Caribbean society. The course is expected to engender an appreciation of Caribbean people, history and space, and foster a deeper understanding of some of the challenges we face as a region.
Important goals/aims of this course is the development of research, writing, analytical, and communication skills. The students are expected to be critical readers, open-minded discussants and clear, thoughtful writers.
Students will understand the past by establishing cause and effect.
Students will build valuable critical thinking skills, based on the analysis of evidence and the construction of argument.
Students will use knowledge of the Caribbean and its development through an understanding of history, context, and perspective, to connect the present with the past, acquire a sense of the diversity of the human experience, and therefore, become a cognizant and involved person.
To that end, discussions/analysis of documents, and writing assignments, have been designed to provide practice in these areas of learning.
LEARNING OUTCOMES (Modules/Unit Learning Outcomes)
On completion of the course students should be able to:
1. Understand how historical processes have contributed to the creation of the society in which we live, and shape our ideas. 2. Foster a greater understanding of self and those around us using the information gathered from this course. 3. Interrogate some of the ideas about Caribbean history and Caribbean peoples that exist in our society. 4. Recognize that historical information can be extracted from different sources such as literature, photographs, film, poetry and song. 5. Further develop their critical thinking and analytical skills as they interact with the information presented to them. 6. Clearly express the ideas that they gain from the course verbally and in writing. 7. Establish cause and effect; determine connections between individuals and events.
8. Apply cross-cultural analyses, by looking at suppositions that have been made at first contact.
9. Weigh different perspectives (eg. Different people would look at a situation at different angles)
10. Use source material to support conclusions.
11. Use an historical perspective to understand the...
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