|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Summer||2015||03/04/2015 **||Rolling Admission||06/01/2015||06/21/2015|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Indicates that deadline has passed
|Language Requirement:||None||GPA:||good academic standing|
|Professor(s):||Dr. Brian Clack, Dr. Rafik Mohamed||Internships:||No|
|Disciplines offered:||Arts and Sciences - non science, Core, Sociology||Accomodations:||Hotel, Villas|
|Program Advisor:||Derek Brendel - email@example.com||Tuition Remission Eligible Program:||Yes|
SOCI 494DW: The Black Atlantic (3 Units)
Instructed by: Dr. Rafik Mohamed
With a particular emphasis on Jamaica, this course provides an overview of Caribbean society and culture from the beginning of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the present. Specific attention will be given to the themes of colonization, slavery, culture, and resistance. Students are asked to consider the role European colonization played in shaping Caribbean societies and culture for the bad and the good, and the role of the world's most powerful nations in detracting from the self-determination and global competency of less-developed former colonies. This course seeks to engender cultural competence in students and have them use Caribbean cultures as a lens through which they critically evaluate their racial, ethnic, gendered, national, and socioeconomic selves.
- SOCI 101 is recommended as a prerequisite
Fulfills "D" and "W" Core Requirements
Counts toward IR major requirements
Can be cross-listed as an Ethnic Studies or International Relations class
In this class, we will explore some central issues in ethics, utilizing our location in Jamaica as an opportunity to focus our attention on the vital and living issues of personal liberty. We will begin by exploring (a) the most important moral theories (deontology, consequentialism, virtue ethics) and (b) the relation between religion and morality. This latter issue will allow us to explore the ways in which religion historically has had both a positive and a negative effect upon moral behavior and the treatment of others. One dramatic example of the latter effect was the church's role in the transatlantic slave trade, and we will use our Jamaican setting to explore this matter, also investigating the manner in which philosophers (such as Aristotle and Aquinas) justified slavery. Since slavery is the most extreme example of the denial of liberty, the remainder of the class will (by sustained attention to John Stuart Mill's classic text On Liberty) focus on matters of personal liberty, an issue again brought into prominence by our location in Jamaica, where homosexuality is illegal. This class satisfies USD's ethics core requirement.
Fulfills Ethics Core requirement
Additionally, Students visit sites of cultural, literary, and historical significance including tours of Falmouth, visits to former plantation "great houses" and a trip to an extremely rare bioluminescence bay.
For one 3-Unit course the cost is $4,800 and for both courses (6-Units) the cost is $6,750. For a detailed description of program costs, please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage. Click on the link which corresponds to the term you plan to study abroad.
Students will stay in groups at Silver Sands villas for the majority of the program's duration and hotels while on excursions.
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