SOCI 303 Social Structure and Caribbean Society

This course is designed to give students a strong grounding in Caribbean studies. The course examines the social stratification of Caribbean societies. The course will begin with a critique of classical theories of social stratification proposed by Marx, Weber, Davis, and Moore. Specifically, the course analyzes Caribbean society within three main paradigms of stratification, which are the plantation society, plural society, and Creole society. The course also investigates the extent to which these paradigms are useful tools to understand the numerous social and political conflicts prevalent in Caribbean society and in the formation of a Caribbean identity.