Gender and Society in the Hispanic Caribbean

Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Gender and Society in the Hispanic Caribbean

  • Host University

    Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra

  • Location

    Santiago, Dominican Republic

  • Area of Study

    Behavioral Science, Family Studies, Gender Studies, Latin American Studies, Sociology, Women's Studies

  • Language Level

    Advanced

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION

    In this course, the situation of women in the Hispanic Caribbean will be analyzed from the perspective of human development.

    For some of the topics covered in this class, there will be a comparative analysis of the situation of women in the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. The variables of health, education, work, politics, and art will be reviewed as well, in view of these aspects? level of development in the respective countries.

    OBJECTIVES

    At the end of the course, the students will be able to:

    1. Analyze comparatively the different variables associated with gender in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean.
    2. Analyze critically the current research related to gender in the Spanish Caribbean.
    3. Compare the indicators of human development in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, and visualize those elements that affect the differences.

    CONTENTS

    Unit 1: Historical development.

    1. Feminism and the Women?s Movement: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.
    2. Identity, race, and gender in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean.

    Unit 2: Index of gender advancement.

    1. Education.
    2. Health.
    3. Domestic violence.

    Unit 3: Economy and work.

    1. Informal sector.
    2. Agriculture.
    3. Local and international migration.
    4. Sex workers.

    Unit 4: Family.

    1. Typologies of families.
    2. Leadership of the home.

    Unit 5: Politics and processes of empowerment.

    1. Participation in politics.
    2. Women as community activists.

    Unit 6: Women and Art.

    1. Women as writers.
    2. Women in the plastic arts.
    3. Women and other artistic manifestations.

    EVALUATION:

    Field work
    Written reports
    Small group discussion
    Partial
    Total

    Note: The evaluation proposed here may change since it will be defined based on the methodology used, that is, if the class follows a seminar format with a course coordinator, then the professor should define the criteria of evaluation.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:

    Brea, R.; Espinal, R. y Valerio, F. (2000). La República Dominicana en el umbral de Siglo XXI; Cultura política y cambio social. Centros de Estudios Políticos y Sociales. Santiago de los Caballeros: PUCMM.

    Bobes, M. (1995). Alguien tiene que llorar. Cuento casa de las Américas. Ediciones Casa de las Américas.

    Colón M., Delgado. (1995). Antología de Literatura Hispánica. España: Editorial Plaza Mayor, Talleres Gráficos Peñalosa.

    Diagnóstico de Género en la Reforma y Modernización. (2000). Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo. Fondo de Población de las Naciones Unidas.

    Ferré, R. (1984). La Sartén por el mango. Primera edición. Ediciones Huracán, Inc.

    Mata, M.; Pola, M. J. (2001). Sistematización de casos de Violencia Doméstica en República Dominicana. Santo Domingo: OXFAM.

    Mujeres como Islas. (2002). Antología de Narradoras cubanas, dominicanas y puertorriqueñas. Cuba: Ediciones Unión.

    Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo. (2001). Informe sobre Desarrollo Humano. Estados Unidos.

    Revista Género y Sociedad. Volumen 1 #2 septiembre ? diciembre 1993.
    Revista Género y Sociedad. Volumen 2 #3 enero ? abril 1995.
    Revista Género y Sociedad. Volumen 3 #1 mayo ? agosto 1995.
    Ciencia y Sociedad. Volumen XIII, No. 1 enero ? marzo 1988.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.