This course treats slavery as a historical and political entity. Our goals include a thorough discussion of the peculiarity of slavery within its comparative context, with an emphasis on socio-geographic dimensions. The following queries are raised for discussion: How has the practice of slavery evolved from its beginning to its present form in the modern world? Has slavery functioned differently in different societies? What is the relationship between slavery and other social institutions? Is there a "classic" form of slavery? The course is structured in such a way that students are expected to benefit from the lectures, course readings, and the weekly class discussions. Students are introduced to several aspects of classical and modern-type of enslavement worldwide. There is extensive student- professor classroom discussions in this seminar. Students are provided notes in varied forms.
Requirement(s): a midterm exam and a short end-of-semester final paper as part of the required 200 points; there will be occasional film/video reviews/out of class written assignments for points.
Texts: Main text will be Orlando Patterson's Comparative Slavery and two other texts.