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The twentieth century has been labelled the "Age of Genocide". This subject will provide a detailed examination of the Holocaust, the archetype of modern genocide, and seek to place it within the broader comparative history of genocide and mass violence with case studies from Africa and the Asia Pacific region. The subject will also investigate the genesis and contested nature of the concept of genocide and examine key histographical debates related to studies of the Holocaust, genocide and mass violence.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- demonstrate a general knowledge of the key figures and significant events in selected examples of colonial and modern genocides with particular emphasis on the Holocaust;
- gain an understanding of the global historical context of twentieth-century genocides;
- demonstrate familiarity with the major historiographical debates concerning genocide and the Holocaust and develop insight into the practice of comparative history;
- learn to analyse primary and secondary sources in constructing historical arguments;
- demonstrate research skills using printed and electronic sources in preparation of a substantial research essay; and
- develop skills of critical thinking through group discussion of subject readings and preparation of written assessment.
Last updated: 8 May 2021