Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS)
The Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) is currently headed by Director and Senior Lecturer Dr. Dave Gosse. He is supported by various Coordinators. The 2022/2023 Coordinators are:
The day-to-day management of the Institute is handled by a Senior Administrative Assistant and assistance provided by an Administrative Assistant.
The Mission of the University of the West Indies 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:-