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at Cave Hill, Barbados

Undergraduate Programme

IGDS: NBU offers several undergraduate courses covering topics such as gender and sexuality, gender and crime, women's leadership, and men and masculinites. Most of the Institute's undergraduate courses carry no prerequisites and students from all faculties are encouraged to choose electives from the Institute.

Minor in Gender Studies

Students from the faculties of Humanities and Education and Social Sciences are eligible for the minor in Gender and Development Studies.  Students from the Faculty of Humanities and Education who are pursuing the minor are required to complete six courses, three of which must be offered by IGDS: NBU. Students pursuing the minor with a major in Political Science or Sociology from the Faculty of Social Sciences are required to complete five courses, three of which must be offered by IGDS: NBU. For more information on minoring in Gender and Development Studies, please see the Institute's student handbook.

Current Courses

IGDS: NBU's current course listing is detailed below.


GEND 1103: Theoretical Concepts and Sources of Knowledge
LECTURER: Dr Halimah DeShong

This survey course introduces first-year students to three strands of feminist analysis: theory, method and popular knowledge.  It also provides students with a foundational awareness of core concepts within women’s studies including feminism, gender, patriarchy, consciousness-raising, feminist backlash, and first and second wave feminism. Students are also encouraged to engage with some of the significant issues often addressed in Women’s Studies discourse 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.

3 Credits, No Prerequisites

GEND 2015: Gender, Sexuality and Race in Caribbean Culture
LECTURER: Dr. Tonya Haynes

This is an interdisciplinary examination of the intersections of gender, sexuality and race and their roles in the production of social meanings, identities and representations in multi-ethnic Caribbean culture. Scholarly work, literature, media and popular culture will be explored to make connections to the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of gender, sexuality and race. The course also explores how intersecting relations of power between and among men and women are produced, practiced and performed in the family, spirituality, media and the body.
3 Credits, No Prerequisites 
GEND 2005: Crimes by and Against Women - Theories, Evidence and Popular Portrayals
LECTURER: Dr. Halimah DeShong

This course offers a critical investigation of women, crime and criminality from a gendered perspective. Students will compare popular portrayals of these forms of violence in media and popular culture to the various theoretical frames and empirical research that attempt to explain why they occur. The course also evaluates empirical research conducted in the Caribbean and other parts of the world by identifying the frequency, rates and incidence of crimes committed by women, as well as the nature and circumstances in which they occur. Further, students will apply feminist theories in conjunction with research findings to delineate the dynamics of specific types of violent crimes.

3 Credits, No Prerequisites 


GEND 2201: Women’s Studies I: An Introduction to Feminist Theories
LECTURER: Dr Tonya Haynes

This course exposes students to foundational feminist theories and concepts. Feminist theories will be used to analyse women’s material conditions, as well as evaluate the theories’ relevance to understanding the realities of Caribbean women.

3 Credits, No Prerequisites

GEND 3702: Men and Masculinities in the Caribbean - Theoretical Perspectives
LECTURER: Dr Halimah DeShong

What makes a man a “man” in the Caribbean?
Through a historicizing of Caribbean masculinity, this course intends to demonstrate how gender ideologies have manipulated expressions of Caribbean masculinity from slavery/indentureship to the contemporary era. A number of key theoretical perspectives will be used to analyse these constructions of masculinity, including poststructuralism, psychoanalytic theory, postcolonialism, Marxism and socialism. Students will also be encouraged to interrogate feminist challenges to, and new directions in, the study of masculinity/ies.

3 Credits, No Prerequisites

GEND 3703: Feminist Critiques of Development Theories: Implications for Policy and Planning
LECTURER: Dr Tonya Haynes

This course aims to outline clear and consistent links between gender, planning and development. Modernist, neo-classical and neo-Marxist schools of political and economic thought will be critiqued from the perspective of social relations of gender.  Additionally, students will examine how women’s time, bodies and labour have been appropriated by state managers to contribute to achieving notions of development. This course is particularly useful for public sector practitioners interested in incorporating gender awareness into public policy and planning.

3 Credits, No Prerequisites 

GEND 3705: Gender and Sexuality
LECTURER: Dr Charmaine Crawford
This course is designed to explore the androcentric and heterosexual constructions of sexuality in the western hemisphere.  It investigates how women’s and men’s sexualities are viewed differently and how these differences dis/empower them. Students will also analyse how sexuality is constructed across a spectrum of sexual identities, and be exposed to the ways that notions of human sexuality are perpetuated within Caribbean societies.

3 Credits, No Prerequisites 


" We need to broaden our horizons and begin to ask those awkward questions about what sexuality looks like for the majority of women especially under contemporary global economic conditions, how heternormativity has developed and today is lived on a day-to-day basis, what makes sexuality pleasurable, what makes it oppressive and exploitative, and how it is linked to gender and other axes of power. "
Power, Labour, Pleasure: Sexuality in Everyday Life, Kamala Kempadoo

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