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

Spring 2018 Classes


Aftermath: Transitional Justice and Collective Memory in the Wake of Genocide
(MAHG/GPC 5039 – 3 credits)
Instructor: Kerry Whigham
Dates: January 16, 2018 – May 5, 2018
Location: Online (Fulfills MAHG & GPC elective)

Every post-genocidal and post-conflict society faces the difficult decision of how it will deal with a violent past in order to promote a more peaceful present and future. Given the susceptibility of past violence to erupt into new hostilities when it goes unaddressed, the way a society understands and responds to its own past can indeed be a force for prevention of future genocide and atrocities. This course will examine the various ways societies can and have dealt with past violence and human rights abuses–a field otherwise known as transitional justice. The course will focus both on traditionally recognized modes of transitional justice (criminal prosecutions, truth commissions, institutional reform, and reparations), but also more novel forms that are not as often discussed (memorialization and the creation of memory sites, cultural outreach, economic reform, and education). We will develop a deeper understanding of “collective memory” and its role in transitional justice and prevention. Finally, the course will place a special emphasis on the (potential) role of civil society and grassroots activism in shaping transitional justice strategies.

National Mechanisms for Genocide Prevention
(MAHG/GPC 5048 – 3 Credits)
Instructor: Tibi Galis & Samantha Capicotto
Dates: January 16, 2018 – May 5, 2018
Location: Online (Fulfills MAHG & GPC elective)

National mechanisms for the prevention of genocide and other mass atrocities are officially established bodies that include representatives from different areas of government relevant to the prevention of atrocity crimes. They are bodies that are created more and more often to prevent atrocities in different regions of the world. This course will explore their mandates, their structures and their challenges in effectively preventing atrocities. The course will provide students with the tools to critically assess how national mechanisms perform and how national mechanisms can be developed within different societies.

Genocide Prevention Research Seminar
(MAHG/GPC 5033 – 3 Credits)
Instructor: Elisa von Joeden-Forgey
Dates: January 16, 2018 – May 5, 2018
Location: Online (Fulfills GPC requirement)

In this research seminar students will pursue independent research on a specific country and a subject related to the genocide prevention protocols outlined in the UN Framework for Atrocity Prevention (2012). Through small group Skype meetings as well as optional trips to NYC, topics and research progress will be discussed with the course instructor as well as with staff from the UN Office of the Special Advisor on Genocide Prevention. Students’ final reports for the course will be deposited with the UN office.


Special Topics with the Ida E. King Scholar: Conflict, War, and Genocide in an Age of Climate Change
(MAHG 5007 – 3 Credits)
Instructor: Alex Alvarez
Dates & Time: January 16, 2018 – May 5, 2018 | Wednesday| 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center

Climate change is increasingly impacting communities and nations around the world and challenging our ability to cope and adapt to new environmental realities. It will also pose some very real risks for the development of political and criminal violence, war, and genocide. This course is focused on examining the ways in which climate induced stresses, especially around resources and population displacement, may help fuel violence and pose a threat to global peace and stability.

Art and Propaganda under National Socialism
(MAHG 5013 – 3 Credits)
Instructor: Marion Hussong
Dates & Time: January 16, 2018 – May 5, 2018 | Thursday | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center

This course examines National Socialist uses of the arts for propaganda purposes. Beginning with an overview of the so-called “degenerate art” of Expressionism, we will move on to investigate how Nazi Germany employed architecture, sculpture, graphic design and painting, music, and even landscape design as ideological tools.

Holocaust, Memory and Commemoration
(MAHG 5036 – 3 Credits)
Instructor: Michael Hayse
Dates & Time: January 16, 2018 – May 5, 2018 | Wednesday | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center

The enormity of the Holocaust challenged the human capacity for comprehension. This explores how collective memory of trauma is shaped, drawing on recent scholarship on “history and memory.” We examine the difficulties of finding appropriate symbolic representation to remember the Shoah, including struggles and debates over the incorporation of the Shoah into national historical narratives, forms of commemoration, and over the creation of memorials, museums, and commemorative space at “sites of destruction.”

Lemkin and the Genocide Convention
(MAHG 5044 – 3 Credits)
Instructor: Elisa von Joeden-Forgey
Dates & Time: January 16, 2018 – May 5, 2018 | Wednesday | 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center

In this research seminar, we will examine the history of the Genocide Convention through an investigation of Raphael Lemkin’s life, debates surrounding the Convention’s working, and its use in law and in politics in the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will read important works on Lemkin’s life, including Henryk Sienkiewicz’s novel Quo Vadis, which was the inspiration for much of his interest in mass atrocity, as well as Lemkin’s own writings and legal and historical studies of the Convention. We will visit the two archives in New York City that house Lemkin’s work and students will conduct primary document research on some aspect of Lemkin’s life and/or the Genocide Convention itself. The resulting research papers will be written with the aim of proposing a panel presentation at a local conference and/or submission for publication to a Genocide Studies journal.


*Please note this schedule may change without notice.