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Caribbean Societies and Cultures

Course 2011-2012

Admission requirements

To be a registered student of the Research Master Latin American and Caribbean Studies


This course focuses on the cultural and social realities of the Caribbean region, putting special emphasis – but not exclusively — on the reality of the Spanish-speaking Caribbean (Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico), as well as the countries historically linked to the Netherlands (Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, Saba, St. Eustatius, and Suriname). Also attention will be given to archaeological work which has been recently carried out in that region by Leiden archaeologists.

Course objectives

Ability to understand complex long-term historical processes in which cultural, ethnic, socio-economic and political factors prove to be determinant.



Mode of instruction

Working group activities.

Assessment method

Contribution to discussion and a paper.


Blackboard will be used to post all the necessary information about the course (programme, time tables, announcements, etc.). Also announcements will be posted on interesting activities (such as Conferences, workshops, expositions, etc.), which are related to the themes analyzed during the course.

Reading list

  • Richard S. Hillman and Thomas J. D’Agostino (eds). Understanding the Contemporary Caribbean. Boulder: Lynne Rienner, 2009. ISBN: 978-1-58826-663-7.
  • And a list with articles which will be later announced at Blackboard.


Register via uSis.

Registration A la Carte.
Registration Contractonderwijs.

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply

Contact information

Dr. P.J.J. Meel. E-mail: Tel. 071-527 2654.


Presence required.