Introduction to Global Slaveries: From Ancient Greece to the Present

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Intro to Global Slaveries

Fall 2022

Taught By: Amanda Bellows

Section: A

CRN: 14039

Credits: 4

This course examines global slaveries in their varying forms: debt labor, forced labor, domestic servitude, and sexual slavery. Diverse systems of bondage have existed for thousands of years, appearing in Ancient Greece, colonial America, medieval Russia, and nineteenth-century Brazil. Slavery even persists in present-day nations like the African country of Mauritania, where the institution was outlawed in 1981, and India, where there are an estimated 14.3 million slaves. Even in the United States, human traffickers buy and sell men and women who are forced to perform bonded labor or withstand sexual servitude. This course will compare historic and contemporary forms of slavery to comprehend their origins, structures, and defining characteristics. Students will grapple with important ethical questions to create definitions for fluid terms like slavery, bondage, liberty, and freedom. The class will identify similarities between institutions of slavery that differ geographically or temporally and pinpoint their unique features. Finally, students will assess the factors that led to slavery’s demise in different civilizations and find patterns across historical data. Readings include classic works of comparative history, present-day articles written by investigative journalists, and oral testimonies of former slaves. The course will also evaluate visual materials including photographs and documentary films. Assignments will include response papers and a final essay that compares global slaveries.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (LHIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:22pm EST 11/30/2022