• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest History, Political Sciences, Sociology, Criminology, Human Rights
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Adam Masters
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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The course focuses on the historical, political, cultural, economic and social contexts of genocide and mass killings with a focus on the 20th and 21st centuries. The local, national and international causes and impacts of genocide will be examined, as well as the different forms that genocide takes. The Jewish Holocaust and its seminal place in history and genocide studies will be investigated, as well as more recent case studies. The ideological bases for such killings, questions of responsibility and punishment, and the structures and processes that have developed in response to genocide will be addressed through the case studies. The course will also explore debates about the definition of genocide and the political, legal and moral implications of different approaches to definition. 

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Analyse the social, political, cultural, historical, legal, and economic contexts of genocide and the local, national, international impact of genocide
2. Apply theories and definitions of genocide to case studies
3. Communicate their understanding of the course content in written form
4. Reflect on their learning as it relates to the content of the course

Indicative Assessment

Case study report (1500 words, 30%) [LO 2,3]
Research essay (3000 words, 45%) [LO 1,2,3]
Group presentation (10%) [LO 1,2,3,4]
Seminar participation (15%) [LO 1,2,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 35 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 11 hours of seminars; and
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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




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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
Year Fee
2018 $3420
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
10227 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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