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This course offers students the opportunity to develop a greater knowledge and understanding of the social, historical and cultural experiences of the Caribbean, and so develop a better understanding of the regional and world community in which they live and work. Students will develop reading, critical thinking, speaking and writing skills by exploring some perspectives on the Caribbean by scholars and others. This course content will focus on the diversity of influences and experiences, a unique mixture of Native American, African, Asian, and European, and as such, the myriad of cross-cultural influences. Through the writings, mainly extracts and short essays, the students may better understand the legacies of colonialism, issues of cultural identity, immigration and economic poverty, as well as the failures and successes of the Caribbean Community.