Courses Being Offered

Marine Biology: Field Biology in the Caribbean

BSC 404/404L or 504/504L - 4 credit hours

Prof. Scott Milroy – scott.milroy@usm.edu or 228.688.7128

This course will introduce students to the marine biology of Jamaica

through a series of intensive, hands-on field activities that focus

on organisms from local sandy beaches, rocky shores, mangrove

forests, sea grass meadows, and coral reefs. Readings, lectures,

and discussions will address basic concepts of coral reef biology

and the impact of human activities on coastal resources.

Students must be able to swim independently.

Students must bring their own snorkel, mask, fins, snorkeling vest;

a snorkeling lesson will be given in Jamaica.

Prerequisites: Introductory Biological Sciences I and II

(minimum grade of C) or permission of the instructor.

There is an additional $125 lab fee charged for this course.

 

Literature: Literature of the Caribbean

ENG 496/596 - 4 credit hours

Prof. Miranda Freeman - mfreeman@tougaloo.edu or 601.977.4483

This course serves as an introduction to the literature of the Caribbean,

primarily through fiction. Students enjoy a rare opportunity to read and

discuss literature while living within its cultural context, learning about

the local political and social histories informing the literature. Students

experience the sights, sounds, smells and tastes described in the

literature studied, including exposure to the regional dialects and

languages often found in the texts (Patois, Creole, etc.).

Finally, students engage critical theories on race, gender

and post-colonialism.

 

Recreation: Inclusive Recreation and Sport for a Diverse Society

HPR 351 - 4 credit hours

Prof. Rick Green - rick.green@usm.edu or 601.266.5576

This course is designed to introduce students to the methods and best

practices of inclusive community recreation and sport service

delivery. Students will be introduced to contemporary models of inclusion

and service delivery as they apply to community recreation and sport.

The course requires students to 1) apply models of inclusion and service

delivery in order to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities

into community recreation and sport programs, and 2) recognize the

needs of other marginalized groups in Jamaica as the barriers to

community recreation and sport services. Students will be introduced

to a variety of under-represented social groups and the barriers to

community recreation and sport unique to each social group. Students will

learn about the needs of people with disabilities from a historical

perspective, and discuss legislation that guides current service 

delivery in the USA and Jamaica. Barriers to inclusion will be identified,

and strategies for overcoming these barriers in the developing

world will be discussed. Finally, students will be introduced to best

practices for serving people with disbailities in Jamaica, including

legislation, public and private service providers, and sport and

recreation opportunities for people with disabilities. 

 

There will be an additional $150 travel fee for persons

departing from Halifax, Canada.

 

Nutrition: Hunger and Justice in the 21st Century

NFS 492/692 - 4 credits hours

Prof: Alicia Landry – alicia.landry@usm.edu or 601-266-5184

The focus of this course is to examine issues around hunger

and the nutrition transition occurring throughout the world with

an emphasis on the Caribbean rim. Issues around food

production, trade agreements, migration and agribusiness

will be explored as well as health and chronic disease issues

related to the nutrition transition. We will discuss global and

local efforts to eradicate hunger and further explore issues

around hunger and the nutrition transition by visiting markets,

farms, plantations, urban and rural areas as well as having

guest lecturers and presentations.

 

Nursing: Health Care Delivery Systems

NSG 489 - 4 credit hours

Prof. Cathy Hughes – cathy.hughes@usm.edu or 601.266.5493

This nursing course examines the overall health delivery systems and

population focused health care in Jamaica. The course uses a systems

approach to explore the health of individual, family, and community and

focuses on topics such as prevention, acute care, alternative and holistic health

care, and volunteer agencies for the health care delivery system of the island.

Included are field trips to hospitals, health centers, community agencies, and

the Ministry of Health. The examination of the delivery of care and services are

facilitated through faculty lectures, Jamaican guest speakers, interactions with

local Jamaicans and agency/site visits.

Prerequisites: first semester nursing junior or approval of instructor.

 

Social Work: Human Rights and Social Development in Jamaica

SWK 495/695 - 4 credit hours

Prof. Karen Aderer – Karen.aderer@usm.edu or 228.214.3225

This course provides a cross-cultural experience in which

students learn about Jamaican culture, human rights, social

development, and social welfare. Students explore issues

related to social justice, social development, and social welfare,

along with the service delivery approaches being used to

address the social needs of Jamaicans. Students visit Jamaican

social service agencies in many of the traditional fields of

practice (family and children, health, mental health,

education, disabilities, and corrections).

Prerequisite: Social work majors

 

Psychology: Culture and Psychology - Caribbean Studies

PSY 492/692 – 4 credit hours

Prof. Vivian Dzokoto – vdzokoto@vcu.edu or 804.828.4925

This course is designed for students to get a “hands on”

introduction to Cultural Psychology and counseling from both

U.S. and Caribbean American perspectives with an emphasis

on Jamaica. The influence of global psychology has increased

in recent years, and this course introduces students to basic

and applied psychological principles as well as views of mental

health within a Jamaican context. Students also investigate

religious/folk beliefs, mental illness, cultural values, and family

roles. The course includes site visits to local mental health

agencies, churches, hospitals, and universities. Students will also

be able to ask questions about psychology through interactions

with Jamaican experts.

 

Mass Communication: Caribbean Mass Media Systems

MCJ 489/589 – 4 credit hours

Prof: Cheryl Jenkins – cheryl.jenkins@usm.edu or 601.266.6241

This course examines press freedom and politics in the Caribbean

and the influence of new media technology on efforts to investigate

and report on Jamaica’s unique political, social, and economic

realities. As is the case in all transitional countries around the globe,

the media landscape in Jamaica is engaged in a process of presenting

news coverage by incorporating new electronic technologies (blogs

and social media), lasting effects of the post-colonial culture,

current political ideologies, and traditional newspaper circulation.

The course explores the ideals of free expression along with the cultural

and political constraints that can hinder the right of the press to report

and expect a more transparent and accountable government.

Students will have the opportunity to explore, for example,

how the media has reported the 2nd term of Jamaica’s first female

prime minister, the 50th year anniversary of national independence,

and other emerging social issues (tourism, crime, finance, etc.). The

format for the class will include class visits to newspaper and TV

agencies, special guest speakers, and opportunity to interact with

Jamaican’s about their perceptions of the “news” and the press.

 

Public Health in Jamaica

CHS 492/792 - 4 credit hours

Prof. Ray Newman – ray.newman@usm.edu or 601.266.5435

 

This course explores public health issues in Jamaica. Students

learn about public health challenges facing Jamaica with particular

attention to the prevention and planning models for public health

programs, disease management, and the sustainability and

organizational structures of care management systems (both

government and NGOs). The course requires students to identify

similarities and differences between the Jamaican experience and

the public health models they are familiar with in the USA. The

course includes lectures, guest presentations by Jamaican Public

Health officials, and site visits to public health agencies.

 

Religions of the Caribbean

REL 499/599- 4 credit hours.

Prof. Amy Slagle – a.slagle@usm.edu or 601.266.4518

This course examines the rich tapestry of religions that

currently exist in the Caribbean from theological,

philosophical, and anthropological points of view. The

Caribbean, particularly Jamaica, provides a meeting

ground for various religious forms from Africa and Europe.

Students will explore processes of cultural fusion and

resistance in Protestant Christianity, Catholicism,

Rastafarianism, Vodoun, Obeah, and folk Jamaican beliefs.

The variety of religious traditions alone allows much room for

students to pursue their own interests. Lectures, readings,

films, class projects, field trips, and interactions with Jamaicans

offer students unique insight into the diverse religious worlds

of the Caribbean.

 

 

Comparative Education in the Caribbean

REF 820/HE 791 - 4 credit hours

Prof. Tom O’Brien – thomas.obrien@usm.edu or 601.266.6093

This foundations course, compares and contrasts the origins,

philosophies and current trends in Jamaican and US education.

The course begins with an examination of informal learning and

education in both societies. It then moves into public and private

formal education (schooling), from pre-school through the

postsecondary system. Students will have opportunities to

learn about past, current, and future goals of education and

schooling in these two societies. The roles the government and the

structure of the two systems will be compared. Additionally,

economic, industrial, and community interests in relation to race,

culture, class, gender will be studied through the lens of education.

Students will have opportunities to visit the Ministry of Education,

the University of the West Indies, speak with Jamaican professors,

teachers, administrators, and students, and compare and contrast

the challenges of providing modern education in two different

contexts. The course is designed for graduate students of education

with any specialty interest - adult and higher education, K-12 education,

special/gifted education, and educational research. The course may

also be relevant to any graduate student with a critical interest in

education who comes from other fields - history, sociology,

economic, gender/women/cultural studies, political science, etc.

It is offered for graduate credit only