Academics

Important Note: The information below is effective as of the Fall 2017 semester. 

At-a-Glance

  • Trinity in Trinidad is a "hybrid program," meaning that students will take both courses taught by Trinity College faculty who are based on-site and direct enrollment courses at the University of the West Indies (UWI), where they study alongside local students.
  • All students enroll in the Trinity in Trinidad core course, "Exploring the Caribbean through Theory and Practice." This seminar is the theoretical component of the field work requirement of the program, and aspires to introduce students to Caribbean Civilization through a variety of guest lectures, academic excursions  around both Trinidad and Tobago, and ongoing theoretical discussions.
  • Beginning in the Fall 2017 semester, students will complement their study of Caribbean society, culture, economy and politics with an 8-10-day Study Tour to Cuba.
  • In addition to the core course, program participants take part in Trinidad's celebrated festival culture through Trinity in Trinidad-taught electives. Students will participate in Carnival during the Spring, and in Ramleela during the Fall.
  • All program participants are required to complete 100 hours of field work as part of the program. Sample placements include positions in journalism, law, theater, public policy, the sciences, engineering, music, dance, television, human rights, education, and religion. 
  • Students enroll directly in 2-3 courses at the University of the West Indies alongside local students. Trinity in Trinidad students may choose from a wide variety of courses taught in English in Engineering, Social Sciences, Medical Sciences, Humanities, Education, Science & Teachnology, Law and Food & Agriculture.


Curriculum

All Trinity in Trinidad students enroll in the following courses.

  • Exploring the Caribbean through Theory and Practice (TNTB 300)​
  • Festival Arts as Cultural Performance (TNTB 339) OR Work & Play: The Trinidad Experience (TNTB 338)
  • 2-3 courses at the University of the West Indies

For Trinity-taught course descriptions, please see below. For information on local university courses and enrollment, please consult this page.


Trinity-Taught ​Course Descriptions

Please see below for Trinity-taught course information. Full syllabi are available upon request.

Exploring the Caribbean Through Theory and Practice (TNTB 301)

Program Core Course - Required for all students
Prof. Sunity Maharaj-Best  (1.5 Trinity credits)
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisite: None
Fulfills following requirements: Humanities and Global​​

This 14-week seminar series is the theoretical component of the 100-hour field work element of the Trinity Study Abroad Program in Trinidad and Tobago. It is designed to complement the experiential aspects of the program by providing students with an ongoing theoretical discussion of the textured reality of the Caribbean within the context of observations acquired through their internships, field trips, excursions and general social activity. In exploring the Caribbean through theory and practice, the objective will be to keep students critically engaged and analytically attuned to the socio-cultural, socio-economic and socio-political reality of the Caribbean environment in order to ensure a meaningful immersive experience about which they are informed and articulate. Students will be guided to an understanding of the Caribbean within global realities and will be encouraged to interrogate their U.S. experience for the purpose of comparative analysis with the Caribbean.

Festival Arts as Cultural Performance (TNTB 339) 

Optional Program Course - spring only
Prof. Tony Hall  (1 Trinity credit = 3.5 credit hours) 
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisite: None 

Fulfills following requirements: Humanities & Global

An introduction to Carnival as a culture-bearing festival, an integral aspect of the story of Trinidad and Tobago, reflecting a history of enslavement and indentureship, liberation, and celebration. The course will examine levels of participation in this national festival by various ethnic groups that compose the population of Trinidad and Tobago. The Jouvay Theatre Process will further encourage students not only to participate in and study Carnival, but also to create performances or presentations based on their own appropriation of traditional characters such as stickfighters, midnight robbers, baby dolls, dame lorraines, minstrels, etc.


Work and Play: The Trinidad Experience (TNTB 338) 

Required Program Course - fall only
Prof. Tony Hall  (1 Trinity credit = 3.5 credit hours) 
Language of Instruction: English
Prerequisite: None 
Fulfills following requirements: Arts

Trinidad, a cosmopolitan Caribbean island with an oil and gas producing economy, privileges both work and play. One of the most racially and ethnically diverse nations in the world, Trinidad is poised between its industrialized modernity and its pre-industrial festive culture. This combination has created a unique intercultural sensibility. This course will explore the network of festivals that underlie this cultural matrix, focusing on the history of emancipation as a way of seeing, thinking, creating, and adapting. The readings will include poetry, calypsos, novels, and plays by such authors as V.S. Naipaul, Derek Walcott, Earl Lovelace, Merle Hodge and others. The course will also include visiting lecturers and performers, and will provide students the opportunity to explore performance traditions as observers and participants.​