New B.A Minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

The twentieth century has been called ‘the century of genocide’ but genocidal violence has continued unabated into the new millennium. This minor asks students to reflect upon why genocides take place and how people come to participate in mass violence. It promotes the study of the Holocaust and its relationship to the broader phenomenon of genocide and mass killing in history. Issues covered on the Holocaust include anti-Semitism, the Nazi state, ghettos and death camps, and the responses of victims, perpetrators and bystanders. It asks students to examine the Holocaust as a symbol of the modern condition, its uniqueness and relationship to other forms of violence and genocide.

This minor presents strong overseas unit offerings that enable students to integrate their academic inquiry in Australia with intensive on-site study and hands-on practical work in places including Rwanda and South Africa, as well as European sites of life and destruction associated with the Holocaust.

Units

Minor in Holocaust and genocide studies

Students completing a minor in Holocaust and genocide studies must complete four units (24 points), including:

(a.) two second-year cornerstone units (12 points):

(b.) two elective units chosen from the list below (12 points)

Elective units

  • ATS2521 Conflict and culture in Europe
  • ATS2640 The ethics of global conflict
  • ATS2875 The moral psychology of evil
  • ATS3129 Arts internship
  • ATS3130 Arts international internship
  • ATS3284 Final journey: Remembering the Holocaust*
  • ATS3314 Seeking justice: South Africa and Rwanda**
  • ATS3583 The Holocaust in film
  • ATS3595 The rise and fall of Nazi Germany
  • ATS3623 Nationality, ethnicity and conflict
  • ATS3632 Post-conflict: Justice, memory, reconciliation
  • ATS3955 Writing destruction: Literature of war
  • ATS3956 Trauma and memory in the modern world

* Taught in Prato, Italy. This unit will require payment of an additional fee that may cover items such as accommodation, entry fees, excursions, coaches, transfers, flights and university administration.

** Taught in South Africa. This unit will require payment of an additional fee that may cover items such as accommodation, entry fees, excursions, coaches, transfers, flights and university administration.

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