HIST:375 Piracy.

Pirates have long been a fear and fascination of communities mythologized in popular culture. From literature to film to music and even fashion, pirates are a favorite inspiration. In this course we examine, from several philosophical and cultural perspectives, piracy in its various forms. We also examine how several disciplines have approached and/or defined the subject; the disciplines include history, anthropology, law, literature and art. Definitions of piracy vary not only in terms of global perspectives but also historical eras, though typically definitions of piracy deal with issues of transgressing societal norms and border crossing, be those borders philosophical or physical. We examine the diversity of piracy in its many forms from maritime piracy to digital piracy, as well as piracy's economic, social, political and cultural impacts. A wide range of sources will be used to explore this topic from films, music, children's literature, poetry, international laws, scholarship in the disciplines, religious commentaries and media coverage of piracy. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing and one of the following: ANTH:162, a 100-level history course, a 100-level philosophy or religion course, a 100-level political science course, and a 100 or 200-level economics course. 4 SH. CC: Interdisciplinary.