Holocaust & Genocide Studies (HGS)
This course will cover the complex imbrication of United States history with the history of genocide. It will address genocidal practices and institutions in US history (including settler colonialism and slavery), the US role in the Genocide Convention, US foreign policy, and recent genocide prevention efforts, and restitution.
This course examines ethical, philosophical, and theological issues relating to the experience of the Holocaust and the broader human concerns of evil and suffering. Topics include the uniqueness and universality of the Holocaust as well as questions of justice. Cross listed as PHIL-313.
Examines various filmic approaches taken to represent the attempt to destroy European Jewry in the first half of the twentieth century. Documentary and narrative film are examined, together with the cultures and time periods within which the films were produced. Ethical issues will be considered alongside cultural and formal concerns. Prerequistites: IHHGS-252 or IHHIST-252 or permisssion of instructor.
Examines the Nazi rise to power during the Weimar Republic, the consolidation of totalitarian rule, the transformation of racial ideology into policy, Hitlers foreign policy as prelude to war, World War II, and the Holocaust. Cross listed as HIST-353.
An examination of the history of the nineteenth and twentieth century eugenics movement in the United States and Europe. Efforts to improve humanity by selectively controlling or eliminating individuals deemed socially undesirable because of race or disability will be investigated by exploring science, legislation, and popular culture. Cross listed as HIST-373.
An analysis of comparative genocide studies, with a particular focus on placing genocide within the broader category of mass atrocity crimes. Students critically analyze contested cases of genocide in the twentieth-century. Course is structured around the responsibilities to prevent, react to, and rebuild after genocide and mass atrocity.
Investigates the possibilities and limitations of justice and reconciliation in societies emerging from a recent history of genocide, mass violence, and political repression. Explores the uses of truth commissions and trials in transitional societies, as well as the roles of civil society, political elites, and international actors.
Exploration of a specific issue or theme applying interdisciplinary methods to readings and analysis related to the study of the Holocaust. Builds on foundations acquired in IIHGS-155 or IHHGS-252, the two introductory courses. May be repeated once for credit as topics change.
This course involves intensive sociological study of Rwandan society, with a particular focus on its 1994 genocide. Topics include historical, social, and cultural background; assessment of theoretical explanations for the genocide; the extent of international intervention to stop it; and post-genocide social institutions and culture. Cross-listed as HGS-427.
Exploration of a specific issue or theme applying interdisciplinary methods to readings and analysis related to Genocide Studies. Builds on foundations acquired in IIHGS-155 or IHHGS-252, the two introductory courses. May be repeated once for credit as topics change.
Advanced interdisciplinary exploration of a specific issue or theme not covered in depth by the regular curriculum. Content will vary, but builds on foundations acquired in prior study.
Aimed at an original research or creative project in Holocaust and/or genocide studies. Under the guidance of a faculty sponsor and committee, student will develop, research, and publicly present an individualized project on a topic jointly selected with the sponsor.
Students will investigate both secondary and primary source material to provide an indepth analysis of one or more key issues related either to the Holocaust or to select cases of genocide. They will demonstrate the ability to think critically, and write and speak effectively. May be repeated for credit as topics change.
Focus is on a student researching, organizing, and writing about a Holocaust or genocide based topic in cooperation with the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies or some other society, resource center, museum, or foundation dedicated to Holocaust and/or Genocide studies. May be repeated to a total of 8 credits.
Indepth study of a topic or problem selected and pursued in consultation with faculty member. Design will be at faculty members discretion. May be repeated to a total of eight credits.
Survey of the social, political and cultural experience of the Jewish people throughout the world, beginning with the Roman expulsion from their homeland in 70CE and working forward to the events that led to the Holocaust and the formation of the State of Israel in the 20th century.
Examines the culture of European Jews before the Holocaust and literature that reflects the destruction of that culture in World War II. Includes texts by such authors as Ida Fink, Elie Wiesel, Primo Levi, Nelly Sachs, Imre Kertesz, and Jurek Becker. Cross listed as IHENG-251.
Examines the genocide and mass murder committed by the Nazi regime during 1939-1945. Also surveys long and short term factors, including World War I and Germanys failed post-war democratic experiment, which help explain the consolidation of a racially based totalitarian regime. Cross listed as IHHIST-252.
Jewish Music from biblical times to the present. Includes liturgical, cantorial, holiday, folk, and concert music; Israeli, Yiddish, Klemer, and contemporary synagogue music; choral tradition and music of the Holocaust.
An investigation into the global problem of human trafficking, beginning with ancient societies and ending with contemporary forms of trafficking and slavery. Explores the roles of war, genocide, colonialism, and globalization in allowing human trafficking to flourish and analyzes why and how it persists today.
An interdisciplinary introduction to Holocaust and genocide studies. Students analyze roles of resisters, rescuers, bystanders, victims, survivors, perpetrators, and collaborators. Students are challenged to find ways to exert their leverage and responsibility in preventing genocide.
Explores issues related to war, genocide, and human rights in Africa. Examines colonial histories, regional geopolitics, and African dictators that have contributed to the continents turbulence, as well as African strategies for peace. Case studies may include the Herero Genocide, the Belgium Congo, Rwanda, and Apartheid South Africa. Fall
How did womens Holocaust experiences differ from those of men? An interdisciplinary exploration of gender in Central European families, ghettos, camps, and resistance, this course examines connections between the Holocaust and present day manifestations of anti-Semitism, sexism, homophobia, and nationalism. Readings are drawn from history, womens studies, and Holocaust memoirs. Cross listed as IIWGS-254.
Interdisciplinary introduction to a growing field that examines competing explanations for why violence, terrorism, war, and genocide occur. Explores the methods and frameworks that scholars, policy makers, peace activists, and practitioners employ in dealing with physical and structural violence. Topics may include non-violent resistance, inner-city violence, conflict transformation, and mediation. Fall.