College Of Arts And Sciences | Megamurder
E104 | 0152 | Bielasiak
Throughout history, people have turned against other racial, ethnic,
or political groups and committed mass murder in the name of a better
tomorrow. What are the justifications for such acts of human destruction?
Who bears responsibility for crimes against humanity? Should the
international community intervene to prevent genocide? To find answers, we
enter the world of the perpetrators, the hell of the victims, and the
silence of the bystanders. In each case of genocide, the Holocaust,
Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, we confront political, sociological, and
psychological issues that arise in the process of mass murder.
We will use a variety of sources, historical studies and survivors'
testimonies, documentary and fictional accounts, films and poems.
Assignments will go beyond the typical examinations so that we can
personalize the issues through reaction essays, an oral history report, and
an advocacy paper. The point is not only to understand genocide, but also
to confront our humanity and our commitments to become more than bystanders