UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES DEPARTMENT OF GOVERNMENT
GT 22C - TUTORIAL AND ESSAY QUESTIONS SEMESTER II, 1998/99
LECTURER: ROBERT BUDDAN.
1. What are the typical characteristics that small size imposes on Caribbean societies. How far do these explain the nature of politics, economics and social relations in these countries.
2. How would you describe the democracies in the Caribbean and in what ways might history and culture explain the differences. Are some cultures more democratic than others?
3. Ideally, a country should combine respect for human rights with achievements in human development. Have Caribbean countries come close to this or do they sacrifice one for the other?
4. How far is corruption a problem in the Caribbean. What are the main forms of political and economic corruption and are there certain types of systems in which these are most prevalent?
5. Is the Caribbean a melting pot or a boiling cauldron of races, ethnicities and classes. What aspects of these societies would identify to ascertain evidence of either?
6. How does the media affect our conciousness of Caribbean issues. Does it have its own political agenda as some claim?
7. Discuss the 'Barbados model'. Is it geography, history and culture that are more important or political and economic management that might form the basis for a successful developmental model for Caribbean countries?
8. What positive or negative effects might the movement of Caribbean peoples have on the development of countries within the region.
Note: 1. Students are reminded that they are graded for tutorial presentations.
2. Some topics might be divided into parts for the purpose of presentations but for essay purposes the topics must be addressed as they are.
GT22C & GT22D
Two (2) Essays - 20% each
Final Exam - 60%
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