For years, genocide mainly referred to the Nazi attempt to exterminate the Jews during World War II. However, events in Eastern Europe, Central Africa, and elsewhere have drawn scholars’ attention to genocide as a political phenomenon that may be studies across regions and time periods. This course will examine war and genocide in the 20th century. It is designed to introduce students to the major debates surrounding the study of genocide. This course will examine the psychological, cultural, and societal roots of human cruelty, mass violence, and genocide. We will examine the questions of what enables individuals collectively and individually to perpetrate evil and examine the impact of apathetic bystanders on human violence.
Offered for 3 Semester hours.