Postcolonial Martinique in Global Context
This 4-credit course is the core course in the Global Learning curriculum of Summit. It introduces first-year students to global structures, systems and processes and connects these concepts to first-hand immersion experiences. Drawing on a variety of disciplines, interests and expertise, the course explores complex and interdependent relationships across the globe. Students will examine a set of global themes through common readings, dialogue and small group discussions as well as a study tour. These learning experiences will enable students to identify, describe and evaluate critical assumptions surrounding global issues. This course also prepares students for their first-year immersion experience, providing them with the knowledge to recognize how global processes operate in a specific location (Martinique, in this case), as well as the skills to engage in meaningful intercultural communication. The four common themes are 1) Why travel; 2) Self, identity and other; 3) Colonialism, imperialism, and diaspora; and 4) Globalization.
Specifically, GBL 102-I examines the postcolonial problematic in Martinique as a direct result of the colonial experience. It focuses on the articulation of displacement, métissage, ‘Frenchness’, community, and contemporary exchange patterns and networks between Martinique and the wider world, especially France. The study tour of the island (March 3-10, 2018) will include visits to fascinating locations linked to the academic content, workshops, educational system immersion, as well as service and exchanges with local artisans, children’s home and schools.