The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) is an academic department within the University of the West Indies (UWI). The mission of the University is to unlock the potential of the Caribbean Region and contribute to regional integration through the excellence of its scholarship and the education of the region’s human resources.
A necessary first step in the process of unlocking the region’s potential is to understand the complexities of Caribbean culture and society. In line with the University’s broad mission, as an academic department the ICS provides undergraduate courses in Cultural Studies, Entertainment and Cultural Enterprise Management (ECEM), Music and Rastafari Studies. The Foundation course FOUN1101 (FD11A) Caribbean Civilization, which is a required course for students in the Faculties of Social, Medical and Science and Technology, is also offered out of the Institute.
At the graduate level the Institute offers the MA, MPhil and PhD degrees in Cultural Studies. Complementing the academic programmes are various outreach activities (conferences, symposia, public lectures) which enhance and promote Caribbean popular culture. The research of the academic staff and the Institute’s various outreach activities further support the UWI’s mission.
The Institute offers a variety of courses all aimed at deepening the understanding of our Caribbean culture. The aims of the ICS undergraduate programme are to:-
1. provide appropriate, relevant courses to a diverse range of students with varied qualifications and educational backgrounds;
2. provide opportunities for students to broaden and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Caribbean and its culture, with a focus on popular music, Rastafari studies, and creative and cultural industries;
3. create different cultural competencies for different career purposes.(e.g. graduate studies, business, entrepreneurship, teaching);
4. foster the intellectual development of students by encouraging critical analysis and independent thought;
5. sensitize students to different theoretical frameworks for the interpretation of culture and cultural texts in the region, as well as in other geographical locations;
6. produce innovative industry leaders who understand the convergence of media, information technology and culture within the local and global contexts;
7. Encourage entrepreneurial development and innovation.