Current Course Offerings

Current course offerings and descriptions are listed below. This listing includes available courses in the upcoming semesters. Semester start and end dates are included.

MAHG & GPC Courses

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Summer 2017 Classes

Early Prevention of Mass Atrocities (MAHG/GPC 5038 – 3 Credits)
Instructor: Tibi Galis
Date: June 28 – August 9, 2017
Location: Course Online (Fulfills MAHG & GPC elective)

This course will offer answers to some crucial questions regarding the prevention of mass atrocities before the risk of atrocities taking place is high: What does atrocity prevention look like before the risk is imminent? What is the role of the UN, the US Government, and other international peacebuilding actors? How do governments and civil society within the country at risk ensure that latent tensions do not escalate? Beyond the international frame for prevention, the course will focus in detail on the overlap between human rights policy, educational policy and economic policy and their relationship with the prevention of mass atrocities.

History of Genocide (MAHG/GPC 5001 – 3 credits)
Instructor: Elisa von Joeden-Forgey
Date: May 15 – July 26, 2017
Location: Online (Fulfills MAHG & GPC requirement)

This course is a Genocide Prevention Certificate (GPC) requirement. In this course we will seek to address the challenge of an “early warning system” through the historical study of modern genocide with an emphasis on the historical connections between various cases of genocide. We will also examine causes of genocidal processes, possible preventative measures, and social healing after the fact. Particular focus will be on the Ottoman Armenians, the Holocaust, Rwanda, Cambodia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Argentina, but other cases will also be examined, including the genocides of indigenous populations during the era of European expansion, of Kurds in Iraq, of Mayan Indians in Guatemala, of East Timorese under Indonesian domination, of Muslims in Kosovo, and of Darfuris in Sudan. Using scholarly texts, fiction, film, and other media, we will discuss the definition of genocide and its representation, the long- and short-term historical contexts that enable genocide, the question of the uniqueness of the Holocaust and the value of “comparative genocide studies,” the problem of prevention and intervention, and the relationship between genocide and other forms of social and political violence.

Religion and Genocide Prevention (MAHG/GPC 5040 – 3 credits)
Instructor: Carol A. Rittner
Date: May 15 – July 26, 2017
Location: Online  (Fulfills MAHG & GPC elective)

In the 20th and 21st centuries, the international community has witnessed how religion can be used to incite genocide and other mass atrocity crimes: Armenia, Nazi Germany, former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Central African Republic (CAR), Nigeria, Cambodia, Myanmar – the list could go on and on. Too often in these and other places in our world religion has been a destructive social and political force propelling genocide and mass atrocities, instead of being a positive force to prevent them. The question is: Can religion play a role in preventing genocide and other mass atrocity crimes? If so, how? If not, why not?

Religion & Genocide Prevention, an online graduate seminar in the Genocide Prevention Certificate Program, will examine the intersection between religion and mass atrocity crimes, including genocide, and genocide prevention. What is genocide prevention? What is religion? Does religion help to normalize genocide by providing myths of ultimate redemption or rationales for annihilation? Are there specific theological ideas particularly important to the perpetrators of genocide and mass atrocity crimes? What about to those who tried to prevent genocide? These are some of the questions we will explore, examine, and discuss in this course.


Fall 2017 Classes

ONLINE (MAHG/GPC)

Genocide Prevention and the Law
(MAHG/GPC 5046- 3 Credits)
Instructor: Irene Massimino
Date: September 5 – December 16, 2017
Location: Online (Fulfills MAHG & GPC elective)

Justice processes are essential elements in genocide prevention. States, both at national and international levels, have understood the need to develop a justice system of accountability and responsibility for the crime of genocide and other international crimes. The relevance of these processes lies not only in building a legal truth but also in helping to develop our historical truth and memory and to begin the healing process that formally and publicly recognizes the experiences of the victims. Therefore, this course is designed to offer a broad overview of all international law related to the crime of genocide and analyze the different types of justice processes, such as the International Criminal Court, international and mixed special tribunals, and national mechanisms, such as special courts and the ordinary justice system. A critical analysis of each of these courts and processes will seek to determine their advantages, disadvantages, and collective challenges in a world that has not yet been able to prevent genocide.

Perpetrator Behavior: Implications for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention
(MAHG/GPC 5037- 3 Credits)
Instructor: James Waller
Date: September 5 – December 16, 2017
Location: Online (Fulfills MAHG &  GPC requirement)

This course is a Genocide Prevention Certificate (GPC) elective. This course will focus on perpetrator behavior and motivation in genocide and mass atrocity. Case studies, also focusing on the judicial consequences, will be drawn from the Holocaust, Cambodia, Latin America, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda, and child soldiers. In addition to understanding how ordinary people come to commit genocide and mass atrocity, this course will focus on the implications of that understanding for prevention of such ordinary evil.

IN PERSON (MAHG)

Special Topics with the Ida E. King Scholar – Native America and Genocide
(MAHG 5007- 3 Credits)
Instructor: Dr. Alex Alvarez
Date: September 5 – December 16, 2017 | Tuesday | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Main Campus E Wing, Holocaust Resource Center Classroom

The goal of this class is to explore the experiences of the Native Populations of North America post-contact through the lens of genocide. While it has become common to assert that American Indians were the victims of genocide, those comments are often broad and sweeping without any specificity and appear to suggest that all Native Americans had the same experience. Yet the Americas were and are home to a great many different nations and tribes who often have had dissimilar experiences depending upon their location, the period of contact, who they had contact with, and the various strategies of confrontation and/or accommodation each group adopted. Furthermore, genocide refers to a specific concept that is itself subject to various definitions and debates. By examining the experiences of Native America, we will explore, not only the varied experiences of these indigenous populations, but also the definitional and conceptual ambiguity of the concept of genocide itself. At times, we will also include other indigenous peoples in the discussion including the Aborigines of Australia, First Nations of Canada, and the Mayan of Guatemala, among a number of others. This course will also examine the role of colonialism in fostering genocide, and the tools of cultural genocide practiced against native populations.

Theories of Genocide
(MAHG 5042 – 3 Credits)
Instructor: Elisa von Joeden-Forgey
Date: September 5 – December 16, 2017 | Monday | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Main Campus E Wing, Holocaust Resource Center Classroom

In this course we will be examining key texts in the theory of genocide as well as works of social theory that have influenced genocide studies. In particular we will examine approaches to power and agency that are animating debates today. As we read we will discuss how these theories have been used by genocide scholars and policy makers and to offer frameworks and approaches that students can apply to real-world events. Throughout the course students will be introduced to ways in which theory has been used in scholarship and policy, and they will write a final paper using one of the theorists we have read to analyze a case study, film, novel, NGO report, newspaper article, public debate, and so forth pertaining to genocide.

Literature and Genocide
(MAHG 5032 – 3 credits)

Instructor: Marion Hussong
Date: September 5 – December 16, 2017 | Wednesday | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Main Campus E Wing, Holocaust Resource Center Classroom

Literature and Genocide is an investigation of representations of genocide in literature. While much scholarship exists on literature and the Holocaust, literary criticism and historiography of literatures of other genocides is still an emerging academic field. We will be pioneers together. Through the prism of theoretical writings on the Holocaust we will analyze literary texts on Armenia, Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Sudan. We will start and end the term with reflections on genocides of indigenous people, with a special focus on the Native American genocides. Throughout the semester we will ask ourselves how genocidal processes are traceable in literary texts; we will identify recurrent themes and motifs in genocide literature, and examine representations of victims, perpetrators, rescuers, bystanders, and witnesses. We will also see that literature can help us understand the long, devastating legacy of genocide in survivors and their descendants, and that the long shadow of genocide can affect a culture for many generations.

History of the Holocaust
(MAHG/GPC 5000 – 3 credits)

Instructor: Raz Segal
Date: September 5 – December 16, 2017 | Monday | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Main Campus E Wing, Holocaust Resource Center Classroom

This seminar will examine the most recent turn in Holocaust scholarship: the contextualization of the Holocaust as an integral part of genocide in the late modern world, particularly the twentieth century. We will consider the new questions, research paths, and insights of this framework; we will also discuss its limits. The first three sessions will be devoted to macro narratives and explanations that focus on: (1) the rise of the nation-state system; (2) the mass violence visited on the people and societies of eastern Europe from one world war to the next by both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany; (3) World War II and the Holocaust; and (4) the specific Jewish dimension of the Holocaust. These differing and at times competing perspectives will lay the ground for discussions of four major topics based on case studies: (1) in German-occupied eastern Europe; (2) in Axis states in Southeast Europe; (3) of interethnic relations in both regions; and (4) of mass murderers, both men and women. We will read mostly historians, but we will also see how approaches in political science and anthropology enrich historical research. We will try to assess, as the semester will draw to a close, how the context of genocide in the twentieth century may shape the future of Holocaust scholarship. And we will ask how, in turn, this body of research could help us understand better genocide and mass violence in the late modern world and, consequently, perhaps respond better to genocide and mass violence today.

German History and the Holocaust
(MAHG 5021 – 3 credits)

Instructor: Mike Hayse
Date: September 5 – December 16, 2017 | Thursday | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Main Campus E Wing, Holocaust Resource Center Classroom

This course delves into some of the key historical questions the relationship between the longer sweep of German history and the Holocaust. Why did the “final solution” emanate from Germany rather than from other countries with similarly deep and enduring anti-Semitism?  How did Germans, both Jews and non-Jews, experience and react to the rise of National Socialism in Germany, and the establishment of the “racial state” in Hitler’s dictatorship? How was the Nazi regime organized, how strongly did the German public support it, and how central was anti-Semitism in generating that support? How did Germany after World War II deal with the legacy of the Third Reich, especially the Holocaust, both during and after the Cold War? What place does the Holocaust assume in both the collective memory and in the historical scholarship? In addition to scholarly texts and primary sources, we will also assess literary and cinematic treatments of German history and the Holocaust.

Research Methods
(MAHG 5052- 3 Credits)
Instructor: Dr. Raz Segal
Date: September 5 – December 16, 2017 | Tuesday | 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Main Campus E Wing, Holocaust Resource Center Classroom

This one credit course is one of three courses that MAHG students can take in lieu of a three credit course. Each of the three courses, Research Methods, Career Readiness, and Capstone Preparation, are designed to offer practical advice to graduate students seeking to excel in graduate school and beyond. MAHG students are strongly advised to take these course early on in their MAHG Career.


*Please note this schedule may change without notice.


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