Subject: History
Credit units: 3
Offered: Either Term 1 or Term 2
Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
College: Graduate and Postdoc Studies
Department: History

Description

Examines theories in the multidisciplinary field of genocide studies and analyzes examples of genocide/mass killing within a comparative context. However, the course is built around themes rather than individual cases. Over the past three decades, these chosen themes have attracted strong scholarly interest. They include the definitions and typologies of genocide/mass killings by historians and social scientists; the many diverse factors that explain them; the nature of mass killings before the 20th century (especially those tied to imperial expansion and settler colonialism); modernity and mass violence; the role of leaders in planning and executing mass killings; popular participation in mass killings; religion as a factor in mass killing; gender and mass violence; the prosecution of perpetrators; and genocide prevention. The majority of the cases that we will examine occurred in the 20th century.

Note: Students may take this course more than once for credit, provided the topic covered in each offering differs substantially.

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