Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Syllabus: The World of Pirates

Reading List:

A General History of the Robberies and Murders of the Most Notorious Pirates by Captain Charles Johnson
The Pirates Own Book: Authentic Narratives of the Most Celebrated Sea Robbers edited by the Marine Research Society
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodard
A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
Pirate Utopias by Peter Lamborn Wilson

Supplements:
Articles concerning current Somali pirates

Honoring:
Talk Like a Pirate Day, September 20th

Film: 
Captain Blood

Field Trips:
Pirate Soul Museum, Key West, Florida
Wreck of the Wydah, Cape Cod, MA

Course Objectives:
What rules do you chose not to follow. Describe the structure of democracy on a pirate ship. What about women. What is the difference between a pirate and a privateer. What is pirate code and did it ever exist. What was daily life like for a pirate. Who became pirates and who didn't. Why are pirates so fascinating. Is it true that who controls the seas rules the world.    

4 comments:

Cynthia King said...
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Matthew Henriksen said...

The Sea-Wolf by Jack London is pretty good, too.

Kristi Maxwell said...

How uncanny Farrah! This so aligns with a project I'm working on! Psychic link.

Dominique said...

A class I would love to teach.