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GEO3125 : Critical history, participatory theory and practice in the Caribbean (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module will analyse the Societies of the Caribbean with a particular emphasis upon the everyday practices of development planning initiatives. Drawing upon detailed case studies at local, national and international levels, students will receive grounded knowledge of the everyday lives of those involved in such processes. In particular, they will examine how those living in the post-colonial countries of the Caribbean develop their voice and sense of self through being involved in participatory planning and institutional development.

Outline Of Syllabus

The twelve (2 hr) lectures supplemented by complementary seminars are as follows:-
1 Caribbean Societies: an overview of history, culture and geography
2 Caribbean Societies: development and governance
3 Postcolonial geographies
4 Postcolonial geographies: Caribbean perspectives
5 Tourism: the politics of enjoyment
6 Race and Development: violence and segregation
7 Caribbean Institutions: questions of culture, inventiveness and the sea
8 Summations and Conclusions to Part I of module
9 Development Planning: the participatory turn
10 Participatory Planning in the Caribbean: speaking without voice
11 Participatory Planning in the Caribbean: space, time and the political
12 Summations and Conclusions to Part II of module

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture122:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The dominant teaching method is the comprehensive, well-illustrated and up-to-date lecture, heavily backed by detailed case studies that examine the everyday lives of those involved in development processes. This delivers a distinctly grounded perspective of development in practice. A series of smaller seminar-style sessions will be used to support the lecture materials, encourage reflection upon what the case studies tell us about broader conceptual and practical themes, and develop study skills. These will contribute to the two summative assessments (two essays of equal length). The seminars will also encourage students to debate about the role of different groups in development more generally. The course is focused around small group seminars, allowing students to receive high levels of direct support from the module leader. These smaller sessions will allow students to develop a number of skills, including: constructing a coherent argument out of complex ideas and critical analysis. The sessions also explicitly focus upon the two assignments of the module, with the module leader assisting students to self-reflectively tease out key arguments. For students considering a higher degree when they finish, this module also introduces critical reflection up the conceptual arguments associated with the meaning of ‘voice’ and ‘the everyday’ as they relate to post-colonial and development studies.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M451800 word essay
Essay2M451800 word essay
Prof skill assessmnt2M10Seminar Participation (assessed) - Seminars are arranged to ensure an element of participation from each student
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Given that the module places particular emphasis upon the everyday practices of Caribbean development, the student will be encouraged to research case studies in detail. These will be fully explored in their 2 essay assignments. Drawing upon detailed case studies of how development plays out in practice at local, national and international levels, these essays will demonstrate detailed knowledge of the lives of those involved in the development of Caribbean Societies.

RESIT: Unseen Exam 3hrs 4 questions

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