Professor Alex Deschamps
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Women's Studies, 208 Bartlett, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. 01003
Office: Bartlett 7B * Hours: Tu 1:30-3:30pm & Th 1:30-3:00pm 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 Spring 2002
  Tu & Th: 9:30-10:45am at Hasbrouck 104A  
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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 dichot omy; 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 responsib ility; 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 res ponse 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 and Theme Research

You will each be assigned either to an island/nation state in the English Speaking Caribbean or a specific theme/issue related to the course content and the English Speaking 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. For example, you may be asked to investigate the process in the English Speaking Caribbean, of the implementation of UN Inter-Age ncy 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, wi th all the complexities, to implement the "New Violence Initiative Prevention Program". You will be given instructions for your projects.

   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 each worth 10 points. Each question can and should be answered in 2 to 3 pages at most. The purpose of this examination is to give you an opportun ity 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

Paule Marshall:
Brown Girl, Brownstones. 1981. The Feminist Press.
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.
Polly Pattullo:
Last resorts: The Cost of Tourism in the Caribbean. 1996. Monthly Review Press: NY.
Additional occasional handouts

Highly Recommended

Eudine Barriteau & Alan Cobley:
Stronger, Surer, Bolder: Ruth Nita Barrow. 2001. University of the West Indies Press.
Elsa Leo-Rhynie, Barbara Bailey, Christine Barrow:
Gender: A Caribbean Multi-Disciplinary Perspective. 1997. Ian Randle Publishers.

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

Tue January 29

Introductory exercises

Expectations, syllabus and course requirements

Whose Caribbean? The Caribbean Crucible

Demographics: Social, Cultural, geo-political

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Thu January 31

Fundamentals I: What is Caribbean Feminism?

Glossary of Terms

Readings:

[Handout]-Peggy Antrobus: The Rise and Fall of Feminist Politics in the Caribbean Women's Movement.

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Tue February 05

Group 1 [In Computer Lab]:-Fundamentals II: Introduction to Computer Site Research

Group 2 [In Class]:-Fundamentals III: The Complexities

Readings:

[Handout]-Caribbean Perspectives: Gender Issues that Challenge the Development of the Caribbean. January 1998. Journal. Eastern Caribbean Center. USVI. St.Thomas.

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Thu February 07

Group 2 [In Class]:-Fundamentals II: Introduction to Computer Site Research

Group 1 [In Computer Lab]:-Fundamentals III: The Complexities

Readings:

[Handout]-Caribbean Perspectives: Gender Issues that Challenge the Development of the Caribbean. January 1998. Journal. Eastern Caribbean Center. USVI. St.Thomas.

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Tue February 12

Group 1 [In Computer Lab]:-Theme and Site Research Projects: Specificities

Group 2 [In Class]:-Gender and Development: Models and Theories

Readings:

[Text]-Mohammed & Shepherd, Chapters I & II.

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Thu February 14

Group 2 [In Computer Lab]:-Theme and Site Research Projects: Specificities

Group 1 [In Class]:- Gender and Development: Models and Theories

Readings:

[Text]-Mohammed & Shepherd, Chapters I & II.

***Critical Analysis Paper 1 Due***

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Tue February 19

Monday's Class Schedule re President's Day

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Thu February 21

Feminism: Historical and Conceptual

Readings:

[Text]-Mohammed & Shepherd, Chapter III.

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Tue February 26

Disciplinary Research in the Social Sciences

Readings:

[Text]-Mohammed & Shepherd, Chapter IV, Readings 9,10,11.

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Thu February 28

Disciplinary Research in the Social Sciences

Readings:

[Text]-Mohammed & Shepherd, Chapter IV, Readings 12,13,14.

***Critical Analysis Paper 2 Due.***

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Tue March 05

Group 1 [In Computer Lab]:-Web Design

Group 2 [In Class]:-The Caribbean Tribunal On Violence Against Women

Readings:

[Handout], Final Statement and Recommendations of the Panel; of Caribbean Judges.

[Handout], Selected newspaper articles on Gender and Caribbean Violence.

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Thu March 07

Group 2 [In Computer Lab]:-Web Design

Group 1 [In Class]:-The Caribbean Tribunal On Violence Against Women

Readings:

[Handout], Final Statement and Recommendations of the Panel; of Caribbean Judges.

[Handout], Selected newspaper articles on Gender and Caribbean Violence.

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Tue March 12

Doing Caribbean Feminist Research Part I - Women's Organizations and Women Who Organize

Readings:

[Text]-Mohammed & Shepherd, Part VIII.

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Thu March 14

Doing Caribbean Feminist Research Part II

Readings:

[Text]-Mohammed & Perkins, pp. 1-81.

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March 16-24

Spring Break

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Tue March 26

Group 1 [In Computer Lab]:-Web Design and Tourism Research

Group 2 [In Class]:-The Cost of Tourism in the Caribbean : A Gendered Perspective

Readings:

[Text]-Polly Pattullo, Reading will be assigned.

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Thu March 28

Group 2 [In Computer Lab]:-Web Design and Tourism Research

Group 1 [In Class]:-The Cost of Tourism in the Caribbean : A Gendered Perspective

Readings:

[Text]-Polly Pattullo, Reading will be assigned.

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Tue April 02

Doing Caribbean Feminist Research Part III

Readings:

[Text]-Mohammed & Perkins, pp. 82-126.

***Class Instructions and Assignments***

***Critical Analysis paper 3 Due***

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Thu April 04

Doing Caribbean Feminist Research Part IV - Alternative Methodology

Readings:

[Text]-Mohammed & Shepherd, Chapter VII.

***Class room exercises on participatory methodology***

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Tue April 09

Women's literature and Literary Criticism: Part I

Readings:

[Text]-Paule Marshall, Reading will be assigned.

[Text]-Mohammed & Shepherd, Chapter VI.

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Thu April 11

Women's literature and Literary Criticism: Part II

Readings:

[Text]-Paule Marshall, Reading will be assigned.

[Text]-Mohammed & Shepherd, Chapter VI.

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Tue April 16

Group 1 [Computer Lab]:-Theme and Site Research Projects

Group 2 [In Class]

***Class Instructions and Assignments***

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Thu April 18

Group 2 [Computer Lab]:-Theme and Site Research Projects

Group 1 [In Class]

***Class Instructions and Assignments***

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Tue April 23

Discussion and Analysis: Take Home Questions

***Take Home Examinations Due***

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Thu April 25

Group 1 [In Computer Lab]

Group 2 [In Class]

Video Screening: Portrait of the Caribbean

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Tue April 30

Group 2 [In Computer Lab]

Group 1 [In Class]

Video Screening: Portrait of the Caribbean

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Thu May 02

Computer Lab

***Research findings and web resources***

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Tue May 07

Computer Lab

***Research findings and web resources***

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Thu May 09

Theme and Site Research Projects: Summaries and Learnings

***Research findings and web resources***

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Tue May 14

Learning Circles and Closing Exercises

***Project papers Due***

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