POL253 (Liberal Arts) Caribbean Politics 3 hrs. 3 crs. This course will broadly explore the political systems of the Caribbean, and comparatively examine sovereign and non-sovereign Caribbean states and political entities. It looks at how they have been impacted by various influences including from the indigenous, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Analysis includes the history, culture, economics, and political institutions of former and current colonial states and metropoles and the costs and benefits of decolonization and sovereignty, the role of international and regional multilateral institutions, as well as the impact of migration and diaspora on what strengthens or diminishes national identity, state sovereignty, and national and regional security. Typically, two exams, one major research paper, and an oral presentation of student research. Preq: 3 credits in Political Science. Coreq: 3 credits in Political Science.