| Megamurder: The Politics of Genocide
Y102 | 3269 | Bielasiak
What makes one group of people turn against another group, and
commit mass murder? We confront the issue by looking at individual and
collective responsibility for crimes against humanity. We examine the
meaning of genocide and its political intentions, and draw on a number of
historical examples to define genocide, e.g. the fate of American Indians,
the Holocaust, the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, and different forms of
genocide in the post-war (Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia).
Weekly reading assignments average about 80 pages, drawn from
historical accounts, survivors' testimonies, and fictional accounts.
Several videos will be shown as well.
The requirements involve an oral history report, two exams, and
advocacy memo on the prevention of genocide, and class participation.
The point of the course is not only to understand genocide, but to
account for the tragedy in a way that confronts our humanity and our
commitment to become more than bystanders to history.