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Genocide, mass harm and state crime demand a response. And yet, what can and does justice look like in the wake of state crime? What legal and non-legal processes should be put in place, at both the global and the local levels? This subject examines the rationale, operation and impact of legal, political and social initiatives designed to address these harms – from the establishment of international courts, national truth commissions and local justice processes which pursue goals such as accountability, truth and reconciliation, to grass-roots and civil society responses. It considers dominant definitions of genocide and state crime and their social, cultural, historical and political dynamics. It explores who is responsible and what might redress look like in light of this. It asks what forms of harm and suffering are addressed and which experiences and forms of injustice remain hidden from view. This subject critically examines attempts to understand and respond to mass harm in a global and a local context.
This subject will be taught intensively overseas on location at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia by Australian and Indonesian academics.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- Be familiar with a range of legal and non-legal approaches to addressing genocide and state crime
- Understand the social, political, cultural and historical contexts of legal and non-legal responses to genocide and state crime
- Possess a critical understanding of legal and non-legal responses to genocide and state crime
- Be able to critically and constructively discuss the limitations and potentials of existing ways of addressing mass harm
- Be able to analyse the social, cultural and political dynamics of the internationalisation of crime and justice
Students who successfully complete this subject should develop:
- have an advanced understanding of complex concepts and the ability to communicate them lucidly in writing and orally;
- have highly developed cognitive, analytical and problem-solving skills;
- have an understanding of effective teamwork;
- have an ability to plan work and to use time effectively.
Last updated: 4 September 2021