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Value: one unit


Prof. Dan Stone


Taught through weekly two-hour seminars


3-hour exam (70%), best two of three coursework essays (20%), oral presentation (10%) 

NB This course can only be chosen as a first or second preference.

This course examines the occurrence of genocide from the colonial period to the present day. It deals with the development of the concept of genocide, and the debates over definition. Then it examines the following case studies: the colonization of Australia and North America, the Herero genocide, the Armenian genocide, the Holocaust, Stalin's Great Terror, post-1945 genocides of indigenous peoples, Cambodia, Rwanda and Bosnia. Finally, it examines the merits of different explanations for genocide, including issues of nation-building, race-theory, gender, and mass violence, and examines the problems of genocide prevention and humanitarian intervention.


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