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The University of the West Indies

at Cave Hill, Barbados

Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit

Undergraduate Programme: All Courses

GEND 1103                         Theoretical Concepts and Sources of Knowledge
This is a survey course that introduces first year students to three strands of feminist analysis: theory, method and popular knowledge. Introduction to Women's Studies provides students with an introduction to the core concepts within Women's Studies such as feminism, gender, women's studies, patriarchy, consciousness-raising, feminist backlash, first, second and third wave feminism. The course also encourages students to engage many of the issues addressed within Women's Studies, such as gender based violence, sexual harassment, sexuality and gendered identities. Students will be asked to make analytical links between the debates conducted in class and their respective communities.
GEND 1301                         Feminist Theology: An Introduction
This course introduces the main strands of feminist theology, its relevance within the feminist movement and its impact within the Christian religious tradition. During the course students will examine these theologies used to analyse the historical androcentric constructions in Christian religion, and will evaluate their relevance to understanding the realities of women and men in the Caribbean.
GEND 2110                         Gender and Caribbean Economic Relations
The course examines the emergence, evolution and interaction in the field of Gender and Caribbean Economy. It is specifically interested in the intersection of gender analysis and Caribbean economic development. Caribbean economies have been characterized as open, vulnerable and historically dominated by monocrop production which has now yielded to services, primarily tourism. Additional features of Caribbean economic relations also include high rates of migration; high unemployment, especially female unemployment; high levels of female headed households; an undercounted, informal sector and the implementation of Bretton- Woods induced, structural adjustment and stabilization. programmes
GEND 2002                        Gender in Caribbean Culture II
This course examines the social meanings and representations of gender in Caribbean culture through the examination of scholarly work, literature and popular culture (e.g. calypso, dancehall, carnival, etc.). From an interdisciplinary perspective, it explores the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of gendered identities within a diverse, syncretic and every changing Caribbean cultural terrain. It considers how culturally defined gender ‘norms’ intersect with other social variables such as race, class, sexuality, etc. in defining the collective and individual identities of men and women. The course also explores how gender roles and relations based on hierarchal power relations between, and among, men and women are practiced or performed in areas of the family, work, media and the body. The course emphasizes the experiences of the Anglophone Caribbean but is not limited to it.
GEND 2005                        Crimes By and Against Women, Theories, Evidence and Popular Portrayals
This course examines a range of violent crimes involving women from the perspective of gender. Throughout the course, students will compare portrayals of these forms of violence ¿ including, media coverage (newspaper, television etc.) and popular culture (film, music etc.) ¿ to the various theoretical perspectives and empirical research that attempt to explain why these crimes occur. The course evaluates empirical research conducted in the Caribbean and other parts of the world by identifying the frequency, rates and incidence of such crimes, as well as the nature and circumstances in which they occur. In addition, students will apply feminist theories in conjunction with research findings to delineate the dynamics of specific types of violent crimes.
GEND 2006                       Gender and Religion
This course builds upon the Feminist Theology course, and focuses on the analysis from a feminist perspective on Christian biblical teaching. During the course students will distinguish between the continued source of empowerment that the biblical scriptures have for Christian followers, and androcentric interpretations of women’s role and participation/exclusion in society. The overall objective is to begin to critically examine ideologies that informed the interpretation of biblical scriptures that are used to dis-empower women at all levels of social interaction with the intention to contribute to empowering knowledge and action for women and men in the Caribbean.
GEND 2201                     Women’s Studies: An Introductory to Feminist Theories
This course introduces students to Feminist theories so that an appreciation can be gained for their applicability to women’s lives and the working of gender systems and gender relations in the Caribbean. During the course, students will examine and interrogate the feminist theories used to analyze conditions affecting women and to evaluate their relevance to understanding the experiences and multiple realities of women in the Caribbean.
GEND 2202                       Women’s Studies II: Women and Development in the Caribbean
This course uses feminist perspectives to analyze issues concerning women in the Caribbean.  The course is concerned with the pervasiveness of unequal relations of gender.  The Caribbean is regarded as a post-colonial, independent, developing region.  As such all the topics within the course should be approached within this context.  The overall objective is to begin to critically evaluate the diverse experiences of Caribbean women as represented in history, politics and political participation, family, sexuality, education, literature, religion, the media, women and natural disaster, and social policy, and to relate these whenever possible to the development strategies pursued in the Caribbean.  The thrust is to begin to search for alternative methods, policies and strategies that will increase women’s agency and power and therefore contribute to the improvement of Caribbean society for the benefit of all Caribbean people.
GEND 2203                Feminist Theoretical Frameworks
Feminist Theoretical Frameworks aims to provide senior undergraduate students with the rigorous and critical introduction to the issues arising from a range of feminist theoretical debates.  There are three primary objectives with Feminist Frameworks.  The first objective is to challenge students to think about ‘theory’ not as an abstract formulation but as a process that is constantly shaping our lives via policies, law, self-conceptualization in ways that are gendered.  The course’s second objective is to encourage students to think of themselves as feminist thinkers and change agents by equipping them with the analytical skills to challenge the assumptions that produce gender based inequity in the region.  The final objective of the course is to employ a post-colonial feminist critique as a way of reading traditional feminist theoretical approaches.  Throughout the course students will analyse the social constructions of gender, race, class and sexuality as well as shifting lines of marginality and location as part of a critical feminist theory.
GEND 2501                 Women Leadership and Change in Developing Countries
The course analyses and theorizes about the contributions of women in developing countries whose domestic, professional and public activities have transformed communities at the local and global levels.  The course intends to isolate and interrogate the strategies employed by these women in altering conventional practices, subverting barriers, and forcing change that produces benefits for women and men, and works towards creating more just societies.  A primary but not exclusive focus of the course is on the unexplored dynamics of women as leaders in the field of gender and development in developing countries.  The course intends to use the strategies these women created or deployed to build feminist models of women’s leadership and to disseminate the findings to empower women and men in the South and the North. 
GEND 3701                 Men and Masculinities in the Caribbean: An Introduction
This course explores the construct of Caribbean masculinity from the perspective of gender.  This course will encourage you to think critically about constructions of gender and specifically masculinities from a variety of perspectives including: post structuralism, psychoanalysis, post colonialism, Marxist/socialist, etc.  It historicizes Caribbean masculinity and demonstrates how gender ideologies have manipulated expressions of Caribbean masculinity from slavery/indenture to the contemporary period.  This course strives to emphasize and explore the multiple and continuously shifting nature of masculinities in the Caribbean, veering away from essentialist notions of “Caribbean manhood.”  The course examines Caribbean men and identity, work, family, sexuality, gender relations and the state.  The course will interrogate feminist challenges and directions to studies of masculinity and provide an assessment of ‘the marginalization of the black male thesis’.  The course is open to Level I and Level II students.
GEND 3702                        Men and Masculinities in the Caribbean: Contemporary Issues
This course will examine the (re)production of Caribbean masculinities and its implications for Caribbean men, women, family and society from an interdisciplinary perspective.  The course explores a number of issues that affect men in Caribbean society, with a view of understanding the ways in which these issues in turn influence the multiple manifestations of Caribbean masculinity.  Masculinities in Caribbean societies will be viewed in the context of a larger gender system.  Using Barriteau’s formulation, Caribbean masculinities will be explored as an expression of the ideological and material relations of gender.  The course will consider the ways in which men negotiate their gendered identities in the public and private domains, and the role of the state in these negotiations.  The responses of men’s organisations across the Caribbean to issuesaffecting men will also be examined.  The course evaluates the relevance of these responses to understanding the experiences of Caribbean men.
GEND 3703                       Gender Analysis and Theories of Development: Implications for Policy and 
The course examines the modernization approach to development, the neo-classical and neo-Marxist schools of political and economic thought, and capabilities theory, all from the perspective of the social relations of gender.  GEND 3703 aims to deconstruct the very idea of what it means to be developed. Together we will critique how women’s time, bodies and labour have been appropriated by state managers in order to contribute to the objective of achieving the idea of development.  One of the goals of this course is to make clear and consistent links between gender planning and the goals of development.  Consequently, the course will provide you with the basic skills of gender analysis and participatory modes of gender planning as a way of addressing gender inequality in the development process.  The course will be particularly useful for public sector practitioners interested in incorporating gender awareness into public policy and planning by being able to disaggregate existing policy to reveal its differential, gendered impacts.
GEND 3705                        Gender and Sexuality
This course critically examines the historical androcentric constructions of sexuality.  The course will explore the historical, and sociological approaches to human sexuality.  It will demonstrate how women’s and men’s sexualities are viewed differently and how this difference empowers and dis-empowers both sexes. It will examine how sexuality is constructed across a variation of sexual identities.  The course will also try to explain how historical ideologies about human sexuality are perpetuated within Caribbean society, and their effect on the lives of Caribbean women in particular.


Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit
Telephone: (246) 417-4490-93 Fax: (246) 424-3822 Email:

Institute for Gender and Development Studies: Nita Barrow Unit
Telephone: (246) 417-4490-93 Fax: (246) 424-3822 Email: