This course attempts a general but intensive examination of the Caribbean by focusing on issues of pirates/piracy to engender an historical, economic, political, social and cultural understanding of the region in the context of global forces and change. It seeks to separate myth from reality by investigating why piracy emerged and flourished in the Caribbean from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century; and to critically explore alternative ways in which one can (re)configure who is a pirate and what constitutes piracy, especially within the unfolding dynamics of neo-liberalism and globalization in today’s world. The motives and the nature of the reality of piracy will be explored by taking an inter-disciplinary approach and employing integrating themes of class, race, gender, culture, etc. These interconnected frameworks will allow insight into the complex context from which the vital and varied nature of the region has emerged, illuminating the multiple economic, social, political and cultural patterns and challenges in the region.