Caribbean Studies Program
The Caribbean Studies Program has been moved from the spring 2014 to the summer 2014.
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For over 26 years students from Southern Miss and institutions around the nation have been studying abroad on this Southern Miss original program. From 10 May - 24 May 2014 (tentative) students on The Caribbean Studies Program will spend two weeks in Jamaica, earn 4 credit hours. The Program is based in Montego Bay, Jamaica, at El Greco Resort with a relaxing ocean front view just ten minutes walking distance outside of the city. Students will call El Greco home for the majority of the program, but will also experience day and overnight excursions to the cities of Ocho Rios and Kingston, Jamaica.
10 May - 24 May 2014
Minimum program eligibility requirements include the completion of at least 28 semester hours with an overall 2.0 GPA for undergraduates (or consent of program director) and graduate standing for graduate students. All students must be in clear academic standing. Students must also satisfy any additional prerequisites described under the individual course listings. Final authority over enrollment rests with the Director of International Programs and the Caribbean Studies Director.
Cost (fees subject to change)
The price for undergraduates is $3,899 and $4,099 for graduates.
(Cost includes round-trip airfare from New Orleans; tuition; fees; lodging; international student identity card, ground transportation; field trips and some social activities. Students are responsible for food and personal expenses.)
All students and faculty in the Caribbean Studies Program reside at the El Greco resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. El Greco is an oceanfront condominium complex. Students typically are housed with one room mate. Each air-conditioned room contains a bathroom, and an efficiency living/dining area. A private pool and restaurant are located on the grounds along with internet service. Continental breakfast and daily cleaning service is provided.
Students who are accepted for participation in the Caribbean Studies Program may apply for financial aid if they meet federal requirements for a Guaranteed Student Loan. Students requiring financial aid should contact Frances Sudduth at the Southern Miss International Programs Office before requesting a study-abroad financial aid application from their university's Financial Aid Office.
Pell Grants, faculty/staff dependent scholarships, faculty/staff tuition waivers, and graduate assistantships are also accepted. Students are advised to begin the financial aid process well in advance of those deadlines. Students should apply for financial aid through the school in which they are currently enrolled and seeking a degree.
Financial aid agreements between Southern Miss and other universities are available, if requested. If more information is needed, contact the Southern Miss International Programs Office.
Application and Payment Deadlines (subject to change)
Completed online application, with $250 deposit, will be accepted until 7 March 2014, space permitting. Southern Miss will acknowledge receipt of applications and students will be informed of their registration status. The balance of fees will be due on 14 March 2014. Applications are processed in the order of receipt. Students may apply at any time prior to the deadline and are urged to apply early.
Cancellations and Refunds
Except in cases of academic ineligibility or course cancellation, deposits are non-refundable. Fees, exclusive of deposit, are refundable if written notification is received prior to the payment deadline, 14 March 2014. Thereafter, no refunds will be available. The Office of International Programs must be notified, in writing, of all cancellations.
Assistance and Information
Director: | Dr. Tim Rehner | School of Social Work
601.266.4163 | email@example.com
Office of International Programs | International Center 401
601.266.4344 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Courses being offered 2013 - 2014
(All classes subject to change. Classes with lines through them indicate a class has been cancelled. If a class is canceled, students will be notified by the Office of International Programs to select an alternate class.)
Marine Biology: Field Biology in the Caribbean
BSC 404/404L or 504/504L - 4 credit hours
Prof. Scott Milroy – email@example.com 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.
Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice in the Caribbean
CJ 489/589 - 4 credit hours
This course examines some of the dynamic factors associated with crime in Jamaica. It provides a broad overview of the criminal justice system in Jamaica. Students will explore issues related to law enforcement, courts, and corrections. The course provides students with opportunities to explore the relationship between crime, poverty, political and economic realities, tourism policies, and family and gender issues. Students will compare and contrast the organizational structures of the Jamaican criminal justice system with those they are familiar with in the United States. Students are challenged in the course with readings, lectures, agency visits, and presentations by Jamaican professionals.
Literature: Literature of the Caribbean
ENG 496/596 - 4 credit hours
Prof. Miranda Freeman - firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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. In the first half of the course, students will learn to apply these models to develop strategies for promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities into community recreation and sport programs. The course will provide students an opportunity to learn about the needs of people with disabilities from a historical perspective, and discuss legislation that guides current service delivery. Barriers to inclusion will be identified, and strategies for overcoming the barriers will be discussed. Students will also be introduced to best practices for serving people with disabilities in Jamaica, including legislation, public and private service providers, and sport and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities as they compare to services in the United States.
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 – email@example.com 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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org 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 – email@example.com 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org 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 – email@example.com 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 – firstname.lastname@example.org 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 – email@example.com 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.