• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences, Sociology

This is a study of the systematic destruction of national, racial, religious, ethnic, or political groups. Our aims include:

  • analysing the motives for, and the ideological bases of, such killings;
  • examining the socio-political conditions under which such mass killings can occur;
  • observing the techniques and technologies used in genocides;
  • assessing legal and moral/personal responsibility for their occurrence;
  • analysing the indifference of bystanders while these events occur;
  • distinguishing and assessing gradations of genocide;
  • assessing punishment and impunity in genocide;
  • reviewing what safeguards there are against repetitions of genocide.


Indicative Assessment

Long essay (3,200 - 3,800 words) on the Armenian and Jewish genocides of the twentieth century (50%); a second essay (2,000 - 2,500 words) on any one of 34 genocidal case studies apart from the two above, (40%); and tutorial work (10%). Note: For the second assignment, Indigenous Studies students will be directed towards study of the experiences of indigenous peoples in colonial contexts in Africa, Australia, Asia, and in North, Central and South America.

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1 x two-hour lecture, 1 x one-hour tutorial per week (tutorials begin second week).

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed12 units of 1000 level POLS courses; or permission of the convenor

Prescribed Texts

Tatz, C. With Intent to Destroy: Reflecting on Genocide, Verso, London, 2000.
Reading Brick: volumes I and II Genocide Studies.

Preliminary Reading

  • The Holocaust and Antisemitism chapters in the Encyclopaedia Judaica.
  • Remembering and Understanding the Armenian Genocide, by Rouben Adalian, on www.genocide.am/index0.htm
  • Aboriginal History journal, vol. 25, 2001: special issue on genocide in Australia.
  • The Encyclopedia of Genocide, ed. Israel Charny, selected case studies.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
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1994-2003 $1164
2014 $2478
2013 $2472
2012 $2472
2011 $2424
2010 $2358
2009 $2286
2008 $2286
2007 $2286
2006 $2286
2005 $2286
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3132
2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3312 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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