BLHV-247 Mass Atrocities
Spring for 2017-2018
This course seeks to help students develop an understanding of the major human rights atrocities of recent time, and to consider means of deterring such atrocities in the future. Students will approach this learning from a historical and political perspective, and the course will draw upon literature and film to augment the student’s learning. This course asks students to understand and appreciate the prevalence of mass human rights violations in society, and to critically evaluate the international community’s response to such violations. Students will examine the Holocaust, the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, ethnic cleansing in Bosnia and Kosovo, the Rwanda genocide, and Darfur, among other mass atrocities, and through these examples understand the international crimes of genocide and crimes against humanity. Students will also examine the role of the International Criminal Court, and of the International Criminal
Tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda. Students will consider the concept of Responsibility to Protect, and analyze how this evolving principle of international law should be applied to humanitarian crises. Students will study the use of military intervention to end humanitarian atrocities, and will gain an understanding of the political considerations raised by such atrocities. Finally, students will look forward to consider the role of social networks and social media in ending mass atrocities, and will consider the pursuit of justice and reconciliation in the aftermath of mass atrocities as well as the possibilities and limits of forgiveness.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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