Course code:



M - Intermediate

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Typically offered:

Upon occasion

Students will learn what causes (and what allows) genocide and ethnic cleansing; why people join resistance groups; why other countries intervene or fail to intervene to stop genocide; and whether post genocide reconciliation is effective. The course will focus on five experiences with genocide or ethnic cleansing from different parts of the globe: for example, toward American Indians in the US, Chinese in Nanking; Jews, Roma and other during the Holocaust; Muslims in Bosnia & Herzegovina; and Tutsi in Rwanda.

Students will be evaluated based on short written responses to readings, in class discussion, two papers and a final project. The final project will explore the topics in the course through fiction, poetry, art, film, advocacy, interviews or other forms of expression. The course readings will be a mix of scholarly writing about genocide, first person accounts and some fiction. We will also watch and discuss videos. Class sessions will involve discussions led by me and at times by students, small group discussions between students, and occasional guest presenters. The focus on both resistance and reconciliation are important in their own right but also will provide the students and me with the opportunity to temper the highly disturbing material on genocide by focusing on the remarkable courage of individuals both during and after genocide has run its course. The class will travel to Portland to meet with refugees who came to the US from countries that experienced ethnic violence.



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