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Women's Studies, 208 Bartlett, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. 01003
Office: Bartlett 7C * Hours: Mon 1:00-2:30pm & Wed 11:00am-12:30pm or by appointment
Telephone: (413) 545-1958 * Fax: (413) 545-1500 * Email: afd@wost.umass.edu
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Wost 395H Agency, Resistance & Violence in Caribbean Development Fall 2001
Mo & We: 3:35-4:50pm at Bartlett 119
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Course Description

This course will provide an interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary lens of analysis to the field of The Politics of Gender and Development Policies in the Caribbean with emphasis on the Anglophone Caribbean and Organization of East Caribbean States (OECS), and specific Latin American case studies. Some themes to be covered in this gendered analysis will include: public policy; political restructuring and social transformation; education reform initiatives; the public/private dichotomy; the intersection of culture, gender and imperialism; Caribbean feminist activism; gender justice and economic justice; the interplay of economic globalization, structural adjustment and patriarchy; the north/south connection, resistance and responsibility; and the Caribbean Tribunal on Violence Against Women.

Course Requirements and Grading

Guidelines for Critical Analysis Papers

Using the assigned readings for the class periods as indicated in the syllabus and due dates of these papers, you can select any of the readings. Some helpful suggestions would be to (a) take two or three points to help focus your response or critique and (b) take risks to incorporate your ideas about the subject/topic/theme, but always remember to focus on content of the readings. Comment on the contributions of the work, critically examine the "soundness" of the arguments. Discuss insights gained or limitations t the analysis. I am looking for coherence, clarity, and argumentation. No more than two double spaced typed pages.

Guidelines for Site Research

You will each be assigned to an island/nation state in the Commonwealth Caribbean. It may be necessary due to the size of the class that you work in small groups. You will be expected to situate that island within the socio-economic milieu of the Caribbean. The focus of the site research will be to investigate the process in the English Speaking Caribbean, of the implementation of UN Inter-Agency Campaign to Prevent Violence Against Women. You will have an opportunity to see how Caribbean Women from all walks of life (academic scholars, public professionals, grass-roots, NGOs, community-centered , higlers, domestic workers) work in concert, with all the complexities, to implement the "New Violence Initiative Prevention Program".

I have built in computer lab times in the syllabus. We will also have a TA to work with us in doing our web, internet and contact searches. We will discuss the specifics of the results of your site research in class since I would like for you to be creative and to use your initiative in presenting what's applicable and transferable.

Guidelines for Take Home Exams

This will be an open-book, take-home examination which will include three (3) questions worth 10 points each. Each question can and should be answered in 2 to 3 pages at most. The purpose of this examination is to give you an opportunity to demonstrate that you have read and understood the required materials. You should have no problem in answering the questions as long as you attend class and read the assigned materials. The grading criteria for each question will be as follows:

  1. evidence of comprehension of assigned materials (3).
  2. clarity of expression and logical coherence (3).
  3. evidence of analytical ability and applicability of learning (4).

Academic Honesty

My assumption is that students are generally honest. Necessary action will be taken against students who commit academic dishonesty in compliance with official guidelines. Read and familiarize yourselves with the Undergraduate Rights and Responsibilities booklet.

Required Books

Caribbean Perspectives:
Gender Issues that Challenge the Development of the Caribbean. 1998. A scholarly journal published by the Eastern Caribbean Center, University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, USVI.
Paule Marshall:
Brown Girl, Brownstones. 1981. The Feminist Press
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Patricia Mohammed & Catherine Shepherd:
Gender in Caribbean Development. 1999. Center for Gender & Development Studies.
Patricia Mohammed & Althea Perkins:
Caribbean Women at the Crossroads. 1999. Canoe Press.

Highly Recommended

Eudine Barriteau & Alan Cobley:
Stronger, Surer, Bolder: Ruth Nita Barrow. 2001. University of the West Indies Press.

Books are available at Food For Thought Bookshop, North Pleasant Street, Amherst and also on reserve in the library.

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Course Calendar

Wed September 05
Introductory exercises
Whose Caribbean?
The Caribbean Crucible
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Mon September 10
Fundamentals I: What is Caribbean Feminism?
Glossary of Terms
Readings:
Peggy Antrobus: The Rise and Fall of Feminist Politics in the Caribbean Women's Movement, (Handout).
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Wed September 12
Fundamentals II: Introduction to Computer Site Research
Group 1: Computer Lab (Class Assignment).
Group 2: In-Class (Class Assignment).
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Mon September 17
Fundamentals II: Introduction to Computer Site Research
Group 2: Computer Lab (Class Assignment).
Group 1: In-Class (Class Assignment).
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Wed September 19
Fundamentals III: The Complexities
Readings:
Caribbean Perspectives: Gender Issues that Challenge the Development of the Caribbean, pp. 3-31.
Critical Analysis Paper 1 Due
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Mon September 24
Gender and Development: Models and Theories
Readings:
Mohammed & Shepherd: Gender in Caribbean Development, Chapters I & II.
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Wed September 26
Feminism: Historical and Conceptual
Readings:
Mohammed & Shepherd: Gender in Caribbean Development, Chapter III.
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Mon October 01
Disciplinary Research in the Social Sciences
Readings:
Mohammed & Shepherd: Gender in Caribbean Development, Chapter IV.
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Wed October 03
Ideology and Culture
Readings:
Mohammed & Shepherd: Gender in Caribbean Development, Chapter V.
Selected related readings (Handouts).
Critical Analysis Paper 2 Due.
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Mon October 08
Holiday-Columbus Day
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Wed October 10
The Caribbean Tribunal on Violence Against Women
Readings:
Final Statement and Recommendations of the Panel; of Caribbean Judges (Handout).
Selected newspaper articles on Gender and Caribbean Violence (Handouts).
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Mon October 15
Site Research - Computer Lab
Group 1
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Wed October 17
Site Research - Computer Lab
Group 2
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Mon October 22
Doing Feminist Research Part 1
Readings:
Mohammed & Perkins: Caribbean Women at the Crossroads, pp. 1-81.
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Wed October 24
Doing Feminist Research Part 2
Readings:
Mohammed & Perkins: Caribbean Women at the Crossroads, pp. 82-126.
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Mon October 29
Site Research - Computer Lab
Group 1
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Wed October 31
Site Research - Computer Lab
Group 2
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Mon November 05
Site Research - Working Groups Analysis
Readings:
Selected handouts and research findings.
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Wed November 07
Doing Feminist Research Part 3 - Alternative Methodology
Readings:
Mohammed & Shepherd: Gender in Caribbean Development, Chapter VII.
Critical Analysis Paper 3 Due
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Mon November 12
Holiday-Veterans Day
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Wed November 14
Women's Organizations and Women Who Organize
Readings:
Mohammed & Shepherd: Gender in Caribbean Development, Chapter VIII.
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Mon November 19
Discussion and Analysis: Take Home Questions
Take Home Examinations Due
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Wed November 21
Thanksgiving Recess Begins
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Mon November 26
Women's Literature and Literary Criticism Part 1
Readings:
Paule Marshall: Brown Girl, Brownstones.
Mohammed & Shepherd: Gender in Caribbean Development, Chapter VI.
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Wed November 28
Women's Literature and Literary Criticism Part 2
Readings:
Paule Marshall: Brown Girl, Brownstones.
Mohammed & Shepherd: Gender in Caribbean Development, Chapter VI.
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Mon December 03
Research Projects: Computer Lab
Group 1
Student Handouts
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Wed December 05
Research Projects: Computer Lab
Group 2
Student Handouts
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Mon December 10
Research Projects: Summaries & Caribbean Perspectives
Research Findings & Web Resources
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Wed December 12
Towards a Globalizing of Women's Studies Curriculum
Closing Exercises, Evaluations, Learning Circles
Site Project Papers Due
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