SOC402 - Holocaust and Genocide In The 20th Century

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Subject Title
Holocaust and Genocide In The 20th Century

Subject Description
The 20th century has been called the "century of genocide." Raphael Lemkin coined the term "genocide" in 1943 after escaping Nazi-occupied Poland. By the time Europe was liberated in 1945, the Holocaust had claimed 6 million Jewish lives--including 49 of Lemkin's relatives--and became the most recognized and accepted case of genocide. Since then, scholars have debated cases past and present to determine whether they meet the definition of genocide. This course will examine widely-accepted empirical cases of genocide and genocidal acts, such as "ethnic cleansing," including the Jewish Holocaust, the Ottoman destruction of Armenian and Christian minorities during the First World War, Stalin's crimes in the former Soviet Union, Cambodia and the Khmer Rouge, the massacre of Muslim Bosniaks during the Yugoslav Wars, and the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. Contested cases will also be scrutinized, such as cultural genocide, forced deportation, Atlantic slavery, area bombing and nuclear war, and the devastating effects of colonialism on Indigenous populations. This course will also adopt a multidisciplinary approach by considering a variety of social science perspectives: history, psychology, sociology, anthropology, political science, international relations, and gender studies.

Credit Status
One general education elective in the Sciences & Social Sciences category

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Define genocide, ethnic cleansing, human rights, and other course concepts in order to identify and discuss specific cases.
  2. Recognize the historical, social, and cultural circumstances that are the root causes of genocide.
  3. Analyze clear and contested cases of genocide to determine intent, guilt, denial, and redress.
  4. Assess the social, economic, and psychological impact of genocide on survivors, communities, and nations.
  5. Identify methods and strategies to recognize, predict, and prevent genocide.
  6. Find, assess, integrate and document secondary sources into their own writing to construct and support arguments through the completion of an independent research project.
  7. Approach historical documents with well-defined analytical and critical-reading skills.

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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