INTR 232 Fall 2014 Genocide in the 20th Century: Shaping Political Theories of Human Rights Advocacy

This seminar reviews 20th century genocides through a study of government policies, warfare, and the resistance against extermination in part or whole of targeted groups. Analyzing American politics and memory in their representations of genocide, students review the policies of key administrations from Presidents Theodore Roosevelt to George W. Bush. We begin with early 20th century US domestic policies towards Native Americans and African Americans and US foreign policies towards Armenians in Turkey. For the 1930s-40s, during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration, the focus is on Stalinism and Nazi Germany. During the postwar years, the drafting and implementation of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Elimination of Genocide and war crimes tribunals are central. For the Nixon Administration, students focus on south east Asia and Cambodia. During the Clinton Administration, we examine the "ethnic cleansing" of Muslims in Bosnia, and the genocide in Rwanda, both in the 1990s. The seminar concludes with a study of the conflict in Darfur during the administration of George W. Bush. Texts include: Dee Brown, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee; William Patterson, et al. We Charge Genocide; Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism; Philip Gourevitch, We wish to inform you that tomorrow we will be killed with our families; Samantha Power, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: individual oral report (15%); collective report (15%); research paper (60%); attendance (10%)
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Prerequisites: none; open to sophomores, juniors, seniors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
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Enrollment Limit: 18
Expected Enrollment: 18
Class Number: 1934
INTR 232 - 01 (F) SEM Genocide in the 20th Century Division 2: Social Studies Joy A. James
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Hollander 101 1934
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