Study Abroad and Exchanges



SEL3388 : Caribbean-U.S. Cultures

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading188:0088:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops122:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity121:0012:00N/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.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M401500 words
Essay1A602500 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1AEssay 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.

Reading Lists