Syllabus for Haitian Culture and Society, HAT 3564, Spring 2010
Department of World Languages and Cultures
University of Florida, Gainesville
Professor: Ben Hebblethwaite, Ph.D.
Office location: Dauer Hall, 363
Office hours: Fridays from 12:45-3:45 p.m.
Contact information: hebble(ufl.edu
Class website: http://web.clas.ufl.edu/users/hebble/
The objective of this class is to help develop your understanding of Haitian Culture and
Society. The class format involves lectures, slide-presentations (art slides), daily student presentations,
classroom discussions, films and music. The class will have no more than 8 pop-quizzes, one midterm,
one final, and a 6 page final paper (the essay topic is due on February 22nd (Gordon Rule) or March
15th (non Gordon rule); the final draft is due on March 29th for Gordon rule students and the last day
of class for non-Gordon rule students). Three textbooks provide the background knowledge needed to
follow lectures, participate in discussions and pair-work, and to prepare for and perform well on the
presentation, quizzes, examinations and the paper. Reading the assigned passages carefully while
noting key ideas, events and individuals is a valuable proactive method. Also, the assigned readings are
your first two sources for your paper and they must be cited and included in your bibliography.
Grade distribution. You are responsible for keeping a record of your own grades.
(1) 10 % = 2 Class presentations Grade 1: Grade 2:
10 minutes long. Graded for clarity; organization; preparation; effectiveness of
your communication (are you connecting with us? are we convinced?); insight
of your critique.
(2) 25 % = 6 page paper (essay topic and paper). Due on April 21st. See grading criteria
(3) 10 % = As many as 8 quizzes (most are pop-quizzes).
(4) 10% = Homework (HMWK). Write a 1 page commentary on the reading for the day
thepaper is due. Writing focused on other class readings is not accepted. Submit
one well organized, well-written page. You are graded on your insight into the
ideas found in the reading, your unique interpretation, your ability to discuss the
book content in an objective, critical and scholarly voice. I will also grade you
on your use of grammar, spelling and writing style.
(5) 15 % = Participation; attendance; punctuality, courtesy, attentiveness; respect for learning
environment; etiquette; insights (please, no phones, newspapers and
(6) 30 % = 2 Exams (15% each)
BOOKS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT G.T.I TEXTBOOKS, etc.
Required readings (books you need to buy for this class):
1. Arthur, Charles and Michael Dash. 1999. A Haiti Anthology: Libete. New York: Markus
2. Roumain, Jacques. 1978 . Masters of the Dew. Oxford: Heinemann.
3. Tumbull, Wally. 2005. Hidden Meanings: Truth and Secret in Haiti's Creole Proverbs.
Durham: Light Messages.
Rezistans, Ti Machin, Pouki se mwen? Courage desfemmes, Bouki nan paradi, etc.
C ilri r iqpicr Laroche, T-Vice, Tropicana, Nemours Jean-Baptiste, Misty Jean, etc.
Nicholls, David. 1996. From Dessalines to Duvalier: Race, Colour and National Independence in
Haiti. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.
No late or makeup work policy
No late or makeup work accepted unless a valid excuse is presented.
Students are expected to attend class daily. Students may take 3 unexcused absences. Athletes
must be excused by the athletics department. Unexcused absences and tardiness result in a lowering
of the participation grade. Missing class can seriously affect a student's ability to perform in other
categories of the syllabus (such as missed quizzes or the no late w.
If a student is absent, he or she is expected to contact the instructor within 24 hours with the
reason for his or her absence. Medical treatment or a personal or a family crisis are grounds for an
excused absence, a note including a contact phone number is required.
Class quizzes and exams are based upon readings, lecturers and presentations. Students are
expected to review their notes and readings prior to these evaluations.
Paper (Read carefully!)
Students are expected to write a research paper, 6-7 pages in length + bibliography. The paper
must use .12 Times New Roman font and be double spaced with 1 inch columns on all sides.
The 1 page proposal is due 4 weeks (non-Gordon rule) and about 7 weeks (Gordon rule) before
the end of the semester. Include at least 5 refereed sources (i.e. books or articles; UF online
database books and articles are OK; but NOT the open access WWW). 3 of your 5 sources must
also be the 3 required readings in this class. The required readings must serve as guidance and form a
foundation for your paper topic.
Citations must be accompanied by appropriate bibliographical references. Your paper will be
graded based on the basis of the originality of the ideas, on the clarity and concision of the writing and
editing and the adherence to the requirements given above and below in the reference and bibliography
guideline. You want to show that you have carefully read the books and found additional sources,
which you have read and synthesized, and added you own unique interpretation of events, individuals,
ideas and phenomena. Aim to write a scholarly paper where you strive to produce an objective and
accurate analysis of your topic. Avoid advancing personal ideological preferences and try to take an
empirical approach where the facts are considered. Write an outline as you piece together your study of
Haitian culture and society. Organize and link the parts together.
Reference and Bibliography Guidelines
In the text:
(a) Z6phir (1997: 223) advocates the instruction of Haitian Creole in the
United States' secondary education system.
(b) Misclassifying Creole-speakers as African Americans fails to properly
account for linguistic and cultural differences (Z6phir 1997: 223).
In the bibliography:
Z6phir, Flore. 1997. Haitian Creole Language and Bilingual Education in the United
States: Problem, Right or Resourse? Article in Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development,
Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 223-37
Author. Year of publication. Title of book. City of publisher: Publisher.
b. Article in journal, magazine, etc.:
Author. Year of publication. Title of article. Article in Name of source, Volume/number
of issue, page numbers.
See the bibliography for further examples.
For students who want GORDON RULE credit:
The first draft (+ 5 bibliographic entries) of your complete essay is due 4 weeks before the end
of the semester. If you fail to submit your paper on the deadline (see syllabus schedule), you are unable
to earn Gordon Rule credit (due to University of Florida regulations). Once corrected, you will make
corrections and improvements and the final draft is due on the last day of class.
Academic Honesty Guidelines
Academic honesty and integrity are fundamental values of the University community. An
academic honesty offense is defined as the act of lying, cheating, or stealing academic information so
that one gains academic advantage. Any individual who becomes aware of a violation of the Honor
Code is bound by honor to take corrective action.
Violations of the Academic Honesty Guidelines include but are not limited to:
hC iar, rg. The improper taking or tendering of any information or material which shall be used
to determine academic credit. Taking of information includes copying graded homework assignments
from another student; working with another individuals) on graded assignments or homework; looking
or attempting to look at notes, a text, or another student's paper during an exam.
Plagiarism. The attempt to represent the work of another as the product of one's own thought,
whether the other's work is oral or written (including electronic), published or unpublished. Plagiarism
includes, but is not limited to, quoting oral or written materials without citation on written materials or
in oral presentations; submitting work produced by an on-line translation service or the translation
feature of an on-line dictionary as your own.
Misrepresentation. Any act or omission with intent to deceive a teacher for academic
advantage. Misrepresentation includes lying to a teacher to increase your grade; lying or
misrepresenting facts when confronted with an allegation of academic honesty.
Bribery, Conspiracy, Fabrication. For details see below.
The UF Honor Code states:
"We, the members of the University of Florida community, pledge to hold ourselves andour
peers to the highest standards of honesty and integrity."
On all work submitted for credit the following pledge is either required or implied:
"On my honor I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment."
Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action according to the judicial process.
For more details go to: http://ww.dso.ufl.edu/iudicial/academic.htm
Students with disabilities
Students with disabilities must register with the Dean of Students office. Contact the Assistant
Dean of Students/Director of the Disability Resources Program at:
P202 Peabody Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-5055
Phone (352) 392-1261 (V), 392-3008 (TDD)
For stress, emotional and psychological support, please contact the Counseling Center at:
301 Peabody Hall
Phone (352) 392-1575
If you need this syllabus in an alternate format, please speak to Ben.
Syllabus for Haitian Culture and Society, HAT 3564, Spring 2010
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of Florida, Gainesville
Benjamin Hebblethwaite, Ph.D. HMWK = 1 PAGE COMMENTARY ON THE
READING FOR THE DAY IT IS DUE.
Wednesday, January 6
Friday, January 8
Monday, January 11
Wednesday, January 13
Friday, January 15
Monday, January 18
Wednesday, January 20
Friday, January 22
Monday, January 25
Wednesday, January 27
Friday, January 29
Monday, February 1
Wednesday, February 3
Friday, February 5
Monday, February 8
Wednesday, February 10
Friday, February 12
Monday, February 15
Wednesday, February 17
Friday, February 19
Monday, February 22
Wednesday, February 24
Friday, February 26
Monday, March 1
Wednesday, March 3
Friday, March 5
Arthur 17-34; 1
Arthur 45 68; 2
Arthur 69 85; 3
Tumbull Cautions and Council; HMWK (1 page). 4
NO CLASS IN HONOR OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR
Arthur 80 100; 5
Arthur 100 110; 6
138; Tumbull Expression and Communication
Arthur 139 149; Tumbull, Friends, family and relationships
Arthur 149 175; HMWK (1 page) 10
Arthur 176 198 12
Arthur 198 208; Tumbull Human Behavior; 13
Arthur 209 227; HMWK (1 page). 14
Tumbull Fate, God and the Supernatural; 15
Tumbull Dealing with hardships + Food and life_ 16
Arthur 228 245; 17
Tumbull Getting by + Work and employment; (Gordon Rule topic due)
Tumbull Virtues and vices + Social Comparisons
Arthur 255 276 19
Roumain ch. 1-3; 20
Roumain ch. 4-5; 21
Roumain ch. 5-6
SPRING BREAK MARCH 6-13
Monday, March 15
Wednesday, March 17
Friday, March 19
Monday, March 22
Wednesday, March 24
Friday, March 26
Monday, March 29
Wednesday, March 31
Friday, April 2
Monday, April 5
Wednesday, April 7
Friday, April 9
Monday, April 12
Wednesday, April 14
Friday, April 16
Monday, April 19
Wednesday, April 21
Arthur 277 288; Essay topic due;. 22
Roumain ch. 7-9; -HMWK (1 page); 23
Arthur 289 299; 24
Arthur 300 310; 25
Roumain ch. 10;
Arthur 310 320;
Arthur 320 330 (Gordon Rule paper due)
Florida Diaspora lecture.
Arthur 330 341; 28
Roumain ch. 11-12
Roumain ch. 13;
Lecture: Vodou in Haiti; 32
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FINAL EXAM; Essay Due
Please consider enrolling in HAI 1130 Elementary Haitian Creole
HAI 1131 Elementary Haitain Creole II
HAI 2200 Intermediate Haitian Creole
HAI 2201 Intermediate Haitian Creole II
HAI 3700 Introduction to Haitian Creole Linguistics