Over the course of the semester we will investigate the genocide of the Nama and Herero, the Armenian Genocide, the Holocaust, the Cambodian Genocide, as well as the genocides in Rwanda, former Yugoslavia, Guatemala, and Darfur. This history survey course is based on recent scholarship in genocide studies and will review a timeline of these genocides in the modern age with a focus on the unique circumstances and causes and effects of each. Genocides will be examined in terms of social, economic, political, and religious contexts. Students will then critically analyze what patterns, similarities, principles and situations can be explored for greater understanding of why and how genocides continue to occur.
NOTE: This is a required doctoral course. Only doctoral students should register for this course.