- Code POLS2100
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Mode of delivery In Person
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.
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.
A case study 1500 words (35%), final essay 3000 words (55%), tutorial participation (10%).
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Workload1 x two hour lecture and one tutorial per week.
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