SEL3388 : Caribbean-U.S. Cultures
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Hannah Durkin
- Owning School: English Lit, Language & Linguistics
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
To introduce students to a variety of twentieth-century Caribbean-U.S. literary and cultural production. Ranging from Trinidad to New York and from early zombie cinema to reggae and hip hop, this module explores a range of art, film, literature and music that has emerged from and been popularised by Caribbean and U.S. cross-cultural exchange. Focusing on African American and Caribbean American cultural encounters in particular, it explores ways in which such shared creative expression has often served as a vehicle for political protest and resistance. The module also interrogates tendencies to lump together Caribbean-U.S. and African American histories and artistic traditions by introducing students to the geographical, linguistic and ethnic diversity of Caribbean American cultural production.
Outline Of Syllabus
The core texts will be listed on the module's RLO.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||60:00||60:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||88:00||88:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Workshops||12||2:00||24:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||4||1:00||4:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Student-led group activity||12||1:00||12:00||N/A|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures introduce key methodological and theoretical concepts for the study of contemporary cultures. The two-hour, workshop-style seminars build on this foundation. The seminars allow students to respond to the texts and ideas they have encountered in the lectures and their own independent reading, and through preparatory work conducted in student-led study groups. Drop-in/surgery time provides additional space for students to follow up on aspects of the module one-to-one.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||1||M||40||1500 words|
|Written exercise||1||A||Essay plan (max 300 words) submitted for review|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
The first assignment examines students’ grasp of a key critical or methodological framework for the module and its appropriate application. The second asks for the development of a fluently written, cogent argument, developed in long form which addresses the key questions of the module. The formative assessment offers directed support for the planning of the latter exercise.