D EPARTMENT OFSOCIOLOGY
CR B100: INTRODUCTION TO THE CARIBBEAN
ROSWELL (FALL 2012)
Course Instructor: Terry Roswell
Office: Jorgenson Hall – JOR309
Telephone: 979-5000 ext. 7202
E-mail: [email protected]
Office Hours: Thursdays 12 - 1 p.m., Fridays 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. or by appointment
CRB100 is a lower-level liberal course offered through the Department of Sociology. In order
to understand the contemporary Caribbean situation, it is important to understand the diverse and
complex history of the region and its peoples. This course examines the ongoing journey of
Caribbean nations, societies, and peoples as they struggle for identity and meaning. Elements of
race, class, gender and the ongoing impacts of colonialism, enslavement, and Indentureship are
prominent tools utilized to uncover and explore the ways in which Caribbean peoples have
experienced and expressed themselves over time.
Students are expected to complete each week’s readings in full before each week’s lecture class
to ensure that they not only understand the focal points of lectures and videos, but can contribute
in class and tutorial discussions. Students are also required to regularly attend weekly lectures
and to participate in class discussions. You are responsible for all material presented during
lecture and tutorials, for any changes to the syllabus, and for readings and assignments
announced or distributed during class. If you are absent please consult with other students about
the material you missed. I will not provide you with lecture notes or other materials.
The class meetings and the readings together constitute the important substantive content of this
course. This means that you cannot successfully complete this course by completing the
readings and not attending classes, or by attending classes but not completing the readings.
Method of Instruction:
• Lectures, films, class discussions, small group work
Course Readings (Please bring course readings to each lecture and tut:rial)
• CRB100 - Course Reader to be purchased at Ryerson Bookstore
• Additional required readings are available online on Blackboard (E-Reserve folder)
1 | P a g e COURSE EVALUATION
Students will be evaluated in this course as follows: discussion board participation, mid term
test, short essay, and a final exam.
Discussion Board Participation: 15%
Mid Term Test: 20%
Short Essay: 30%
Final Exam: 35%
Discussion Board Participation: 15 percent of final grade ongoing
One question will be posted in a forum in the Discussion Board for each week of the course (12
forums). You are encouraged to participate as often as you wish in the weekly forums within the
Discussion Board during the semester. Each student is required to submit a response to each of
the weekly discussion board topics. Essentially, posting your response BEFORE that week’s
lecture class would be ideal; however, all entries MUST BE submitted before the following class
(e.g. week 4 discussion topic must be posted before the start of lecture in week 5). Weekly
contributions to the Discussion Board forum will be assessed by the instructor on a regular basis
with comments and feedback provided throughout the course of the semester. This component
of the course evaluation will count for 15% of your final grade.
Mid-Term Test: 20 percent of final grade Week 6 (Oct. 15,
The purpose of the mid-term test is to ensure that students have a clear grasp of important terms,
concepts, and/or theories presented in the first half of this course. The mid-term test will be
comprised of 40 multiple-choice questions and 1 short answer question based on course material
from Classes 1 – 5 inclusive. The mid-term test will be graded and taken up in class.
Essay: 25 percent of final grade Due Week 10 (Nov.
Students will be required to submit a short essay in response to ONE of the three questions posed
to them addressing thematic issues that are highlighted throughout the course. The instructor
will provide essay questions to the class during week four’s lecture period. Students are ONLY
expected to incorporate information derived from required and/or supplementary course
readings, videos and lectures and DO NOT need to include material from outside sources.
Format: 5 to 7 pages in length (excluding bibliography), double-spaced, 12 pt font, using APA or
MLA referencing format. Students are encouraged to visit the writing centre for assistance and
information with essay writing and referencing. Late essays will not be accepted unless
accompanied by doctor’s note. BE SURE TO READ THE UNIVERSITY’S POLICIES ON
Final Exam: 35 percent of final grade Fall 2012 Exam Period
A final exam will be scheduled during the Fall 2012 examination period at the end of the term.
The exam will be cumulative but with an emphasis on course material presented after the mid-
term test. The exam will consist of two sections: Part A will be based on 50 questions (35
multiple-choice and 15 true/false) drawn from material throughout the entire term (50 marks). In
Part B students will be required to write 2 short answer questions based primarily on material
from the latter half of the term (25 marks each).
2 | P a g e Course Guidelines and Ethics
Submitting Course Work & Late Penalties
Students are responsible for all required readings and other content presented in lectures, class
discussions, and films shown in class. Students who miss an exam will be assigned a grade of zero,
unless prior notification is given to the course instructor AND a university-authorized excuse is given
(legitimate medical or compassionate circumstance). Assignments / essays are due at the beginning of
lecture. Any assignment not received at the beginning of lecture will incur a 5% penalty. An
additional 5% penalty will be applied for each working day that an assignment / essay is late. The
maximum penalty that can be assessed to a late assignment is 30% (5% for not submitting at the
beginning of lecture, and five working days @ 5% per day). Coursework will NOT be accepted by fax or
e-mail. Students must keep a copy of any coursework that is submitted. No marks will be given by e-mail
or phone. Students must abide by the deadlines and attend lectures of the section of the course in which
they are enrolled.
Requests to recalculate or reconsider any grade received must be made directly to the course instructor
within 10 working days of the return of the graded coursework. Coursework will not be reassessed after
the 10-day time period.
Religious Observance and Other Considerations:
It is the individual student’s responsibility to inform the course instructor of any situation that arises
during the semester that affects their performance in the course (e.g. ability to complete coursework on
time or to attend an exam). These issues must be brought to the course instructor’s attention as soon as is
possible. Any conflicts due to religious observance must be brought to the course instructor’s attention
during the first two weeks of classes. Students who are unable to submit coursework on time and / or
attend a course exam must inform the course instructor as soon as possible (and no later than 3 days after
missing an exam or other deadline). Documentation (e.g. medical) may be requested. Access Centre
Students must follow the policies and procedures established by the Access Centre. Access Centre
Students are also responsible for providing the course instructor with the appropriate documentation (with
respect to any accommodations) in advance. Failure to abide by Access Centre policies and procedures
may result in a grade of zero, or may jeopardize an academic appeal.
All Ryerson students are required to obtain an official university e-mail account for official university
communication. When e-mailing the course instructor, please indicate your full name and section of the
course in which you are enrolled in the subject line. I generally check me email daily until abo