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Jamaica: Leadership in the Arts

Jamaica is a unique case study of a developing country that has intentionally used the arts as a mechanism for social change. In collaboration with the University of the West Indies, students will interact with local students, attend numerous cultural shows, and complete a service learning experience benefiting a local non-profit.

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Application Deadline: EXTENDED OCTOBER 18
Commitment Fee Deadline: EXTENDED OCTOBER 25

Course Description

Beginning with policy in the 1980s, the Jamaican government has understood the arts as a tool for creating a cohesive national identity in the context of a postcolonial history. This experiment is not without its fissures, however. The arts have created cohesion, but have also revealed stark differences of class and other identity markers on this island nation. This course will use Jamaican Theater, Reggae Music, Jamaican visual arts and the concepts of orality and performativity to analyze the political and cultural implications of the history of the arts in Jamaica. It will also situate this analysis of the arts in Jamaica in the context of contemporary critical leadership studies to analyze issues of power, discourse and national culture.

The course will be taught using both experiential activities and a rigorous theoretical framework. Students will be introduced to contemporary leadership models that emphasize history, identity and culture, and they will learn the competencies to become a socially responsible leaders who can evaluate challenges and make decisions through the framework and lens of the arts. Students will also gain a better understanding of their own leadership potential through leadership assessment, values exploration and skill development.

Program Information

Course: COM 370: Leadership in the Arts

Liberal Learning: Literary, Visual, & Performing Arts; Global.

Dates: January 12-24, 2020

Program Directors: Dr. Avani Rana, Director of Leadership Development, & Dr. Maurice Hall, Dean of the School of Arts & Communication

Eligibility: No prerequisites and no language requirements. Open to all students in good academic standing (including current first-year students)

Program Fee: $4799.37. See Budget Sheet and, explore scholarship opportunities.


  • Institute of Jamaica
  • Jamaica Music Museum
  • Trench Town Studios
  • Seville Great House
  • Historic Dunn’s River Falls
  • The Little Theatre for a National Pantomime performance
  • Bob Marley Museum
  • Port Royal Marine Lab
  • Jamaican cooking and indigenous foods lesson
  • Dance lessons
  • Service learning experience at a local non-profit


Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.

For course specific questions, please contact Dr. Avani Rana at or Dr. Maurice Hall at

Please review our refund, cancellation, and withdrawal policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.