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Module

LAS4032 : Caribbean Imaginaries: Image, Text, Music

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Dunja Fehimovic
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

In consonance with the overall aim of the degrees offered in the SML, to contribute to students’ broad-based knowledge of aspects of the history, politics, society and culture of a variety of Hispanic countries, focusing on the culture of the Hispanophone Caribbean and its diasporas.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module introduces students to a selection of founding mythologies of the Caribbean, including narratives of origins and identity, nature and magic, 'mestizaje', migration and belonging. Students will be able to re-examine preconceived images and stereotypes relating to the Caribbean through a consideration of the area's geographical openness, racial hybridity, cultural intermixture, violent history, and diasporic movements.

The material has been organised into interrelated topics chosen from the following: 'Discoveries' and the Sea; Slavery and the Plantation; The Marvellous and the Monstrous; Rhythm and music; Diasporic dilemmas.

The material has been chosen to encourage students to reflect critically on the intersections of culture, consumption, history, and politics, but also to encourage close attention to form, medium and genre. The module is therefore comparative in spirit, and assessed essays will be required to compare different media. The module is taught in English, with certain primary materials and activities in Spanish, offering students the opportunity to build on their language skills whilst also consolidating their ability to analyse a variety of cultural forms, including poetry, visual art, music, and film.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials94:0036:00Lecture materials, and activities based around them.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities92:0018:00Specific directed research and reading activities in preparation for small group teaching.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present-in-person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study198:0098:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture material will allow definition of the scope of the syllabus, an introduction to a body of knowledge, and modelling of the analysis required (note-taking). Scheduled learning and teaching activities will provide the students with the opportunity to discuss key texts and topics individually and in groups, and develop their independent thinking, critical analysis and debate. All knowledge outcomes are addressed by the mix of interactive lectures and seminar delivery. The module is taught in English with primary materials in Spanish, and assessed in English.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M1002500 words in English, +/- 10%
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay2MFormative assessment: contextualised analysis of one primary source. 1000 words in English.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module will be assessed in English building on the formative essay and, the final assessment will test students’ understanding of the key concepts covered in the course, as well as the contexts and objects of study analysed in scheduled learning and teaching activities. The final essay will also help students to develop analytical and organisational skills, as they will be asked to engage with argumentative thinking.

Reading Lists

Timetable