Holocaust and Genocide Studies provides undergraduate and postgraduate sequences focussed on knowledge about the Holocaust, and many other cases of genocide across the world. It explores the Holocaust as a turning point in human history, the causes and effects of modern genocides, and what is now being done to prevent genocide.
Leading international scholars contribute each year to the program culminating in an annual International Aftermath conference. Students are taught to consider the complex issues of genocidal violence, ideology, displaced persons and refugees, human rights, international law, ethics, cultural memory, and community regeneration.
Overseas internships and placement units offer professional development – students may work in NGOs, museums, courts, and memorial centres. A range of scholarships supporting placement units and research are offered by the ACJC. The Coursework Scholarships Unit and the Monash Research Graduate School have more information.
The program highlights the importance of oral history and eyewitness accounts of genocide. A key component of the program is the Shoah Visual History Archive held by Monash University, a prime resource for student engagement and scholarly research.
The program also offers several intensive overseas units in Europe and Rwanda. In 2012 students were given the opportunity to explore the theme of reconciliation in South Africa and Rwanda (Seeking Justice) and in 2013 students will follow the Final Journey of European Jews through Berlin, Prague, Krakow and Vilnius.
Prospective career pathways for our students are in humanitarian organisations, education, law and justice, museums and memorials, government, the media, and further research into the causes and effects of genocide.
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