• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences, Sociology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Rachael Bloul
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course examines genocide in the political, economic, legal and social contexts of the post-World War II era. The origins and nature of genocide need exploring if prevention or intervention strategies are to be developed. A theoretical method of studying genocide is developed through a comparative and multidisciplinary focus on case studies, including Rwanda, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Bosnia. Post-genocide initiatives are explored: war crimes tribunals, reconciliation mechanisms, reparations and restitution, memorialisation, combating denialism, the commercialisation of genocide, and the ongoing impacts of trauma on victim groups.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  • To understand why the Genocide Convention has had little success in preventing genocide since 1945.
  • To understand the socio-political conditions under which systematic mass killings occur.
  • To analyze the motives for, and the ideological bases of, such killings
  • To observe the techniques & technologies used in genocides
  •  To pinpoint legal and moral responsibility for their occurrence
  • To assess gradations of genocide and the problems linked to debates about definitions of genocide
  • To understand the role of bystanders in the genocide process
  • To review what structures are in place to punish & prevent genocides & their denial
  • To use the knowledge gained in course to critically analyse current developments in international politics with reference to mass killings
  • To assess possible future developments
  • To reflect on, and critically discuss the key themes of the course.

Indicative Assessment

A case study 1500 words (35%), final essay 3000 words (55%), tutorial participation (10%).

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1 x two hour lecture and one tutorial per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 1000 level POLS and 6 units of 2000/3000 level POLS courses; or permission of the convenor




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
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
4799 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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