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Holocaust and Genocide Studies

IIHGS155 Introduction to Holocaust and Genocide Studies

An interdisciplinary introduction to Holocaust and genocide studies. Students analyze roles of resisters, rescuers, bystanders, victims, survivors, perpetrators, and collaborators. Students are challenged to find ways to exert their leverage and responsibility in preventing genocide. Fall and Spring.

IIHGS181 Crisis and Conflict in Africa

Explores issues related to war, genocide, and human rights in Africa. Examines colonial histories, regional geopolitics, and African dictators that have contributed to the continent’s turbulence, as well as African strategies for peace. Case studies may include the Herero Genocide, the Belgium Congo, Rwanda, and Apartheid South Africa. Fall

IHHGS233 A History of the Jews

Survey of the social, political, and cultural experience of the Jewish people throughout the world, beginning with the Roman expulsion from their homeland in 70 C.E. and working forward to the events that led to the Holocaust and the formation of the State of Israel in the 20th century. Spring.

IHHGS251 Literature of the Holocaust

Examines the culture of European Jews before the Holocaust and literature that reflects the destruction of that culture in World War II. Includes texts by such authors as Ida Fink, Elie Wiesel, Primo Levi, Nelly Sachs, Imre Kertesz, and Jurek Becker. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Cross-listed as IHENG 251. Spring.

IHHGS252 The Holocaust

Examines the genocide and mass murder committed by the Nazi regime during 1939-45. Also surveys long- and short-term factors, including World War I and Germany's failed post-war democratic experiment, which help explain the consolidation of a racially based totalitarian regime. Cross-listed as IHHIST 252. Spring.

IIHGS254 Women in the Holocaust

How did women's Holocaust experiences differ from those of men? An interdisciplinary exploration of gender in Central European families, ghettos, camps, and resistance, this course examines connections between the Holocaust and present-day manifestations of anti-Semitism, sexism, homophobia, and nationalism. Readings are drawn from history, women's studies, and Holocaust memoirs. Cross-listed as IIWGS 254. Occasionally.

HGS261 The United States and Genocide

This course will cover the complex imbrication of United States history with the history of genocide. It will address genocidal practices and institutions in US history (including settler colonialism and slavery), the US role in the Genocide Convention, US foreign policy, and recent genocide prevention efforts, and restitution. Spring, even years.

HGS270 Genocide Special Topics

Exploration of a specific issue or theme applying interdisciplinary methods to readings and analysis related to Genocide Studies. Builds on foundations acquired in IIHGS 155 or IHHGS 252, the two introductory courses. May be repeated once for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: IIHGS 155, or permission of instructor.

IIHGS281 Peace Studies

Interdisciplinary introduction to a growing field that examines competing explanations for why violence, terrorism, war, and genocide occur. Explores the methods and frameworks that scholars, policy makers, peace activists, and practitioners employ in dealing with physical and structural violence. Topics may include non-violent resistance, inner-city violence, conflict transformation, and mediation. Fall.

HGS290 Holocaust Special Topics

Exploration of a specific issue or theme applying interdisciplinary methods to readings and analysis related to the study of the Holocaust. Builds on foundations acquired in IIHGS 155 or IHHGS 252, the two introductory courses. May be repeated once for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: IIHGS 155 or permission of instructor.

IHHGS305 History of Jewish Music

Jewish music from biblical times to the present. Includes liturgical, cantorial, holiday, folk, and concert music; Israeli, Yiddish, Klezmer, and contemporary synagogue music; choral tradition and music of the Holocaust. Prerequisites: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. Cross-listed with IHMU 305. Fall, Spring.

HGS313 Philosophy and the Holocaust

This course examines ethical, philosophical, and theological issues relating to the experience of the Holocaust and the broader human concerns of evil and suffering. Topics include the uniqueness and universality of the Holocaust as well as questions of justice. Cross-listed as PHIL 313. Fall.

HGS340 Film and the Holocaust

Examines various filmic approaches taken to represent the attempt to destroy European Jewry in the first half of the 20th century. Documentary and narrative film are examined, together with the cultures and time periods within which the films were produced. Ethical issues will be considered alongside cultural and formal concerns. Prerequisites: IHHGS 252/IHHIST 252 or permission of instructor. Spring, even years.

HGS353 Nazi Germany and the Holocaust

Examines the Nazi rise to power during the Weimar Republic, the consolidation of totalitarian rule, the transformation of racial ideology into policy, Hitler's foreign policy as prelude to war, World War II, and the Holocaust. Cross-listed as HIST 353. Spring.

HGS370 Genocide Special Topics

Exploration of a specific issue or theme applying interdisciplinary methods to readings and analysis related to Genocide Studies. Builds on foundations acquired in IIHGS 155 or IHHGS 252, the two introductory courses. May be repeated once for credit as topics change.

HGS373 Race, Disability, and Eugenics

An examination of the history of the nineteenth and twentieth century eugenics movement in the United States and Europe. Efforts to "improve" humanity by selectively controlling or eliminating individuals deemed socially undesirable because of race or disability will be investigated by exploring science, legislation, and popular culture. Cross listed as HIST 373.

HGS374 Comparative Genocide

An analysis of comparative genocide studies, with a particular focus on placing genocide within the broader category of mass atrocity crimes. Students critically analyze contested cases of genocide in the twentieth century. Course is structured around the responsibilities to prevent, react to, and rebuild after genocide and mass atrocity. Prerequisite: IIHGS 155, Introduction to Holocaust and Genocide Studies, or permission of instructor.

IHHGS381 Human Trafficking Across the Globe

An investigation into the global problem of human trafficking, beginning with ancient societies and ending with contemporary forms of trafficking and slavery. Explores the roles of war, genocide, colonialism, and globalization in allowing human trafficking to flourish and analyzes why and how it persists today. Prerequisite: 24 ISP credits, including ITW 101 and QL. Spring.

HGS382 Transitional Justice

Investigates the possibilities and limitations of justice and reconciliation in societies emerging from a recent history of genocide, mass violence, and political repression. Explores the uses of truth commissions and trials in transitional societies, as well as the roles of civil society, political elites, and international actors. Spring.

HGS390 Holocaust Special Topics

Exploration of a specific issue or theme applying interdisciplinary methods to readings and analysis related to the study of the Holocaust. Builds on foundations acquired in IIHGS 155 or IHHGS 252, the two introductory courses. May be repeated once for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: IIHGS 155 or permission of instructor.

HGS427 Rwandan Society and Genocide

This course involves intensive sociological study of Rwandan society, with a particular focus on its 1994 genocide. Topics include historical, social, and cultural background; assessment of theoretical explanations for the genocide; the extent of international intervention to stop it; and post-genocide social institutions and culture. Prerequisite: IIHGS 155 or SOC 305, or permission of instructor. Cross-listed as SOC 427. Spring, even years.

HGS470 Genocide Special Topics

Exploration of a specific issue or theme applying interdisciplinary methods to readings and analysis related to Genocide Studies. Builds on foundations acquired in IIHGS 155 or IHHGS 252, the two introductory courses. May be repeated once for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: IIHGS 155, or permission of instructor.

HGS490 Holocaust Special Topics

Advanced interdisciplinary exploration of a specific issue or theme not covered in depth by the regular curriculum. Content will vary, but builds on foundations acquired in prior study. Prerequisite: IIHGS 155.

HGS494 Senior Honors

Aimed at an original research or creative project in Holocaust and/or Genocide Studies. Under the guidance of a faculty sponsor and committee, student will develop, research, and publicly present an individualized project on a topic jointly selected with the sponsor. Prerequisites: Senior standing; IHHGS 252/IHHIST 252, IIHGS 255, HGS 495; both overall and subject area GPA of 3.5 or above; approval by faculty in HGS Department.

HGS495 Seminar

Students will investigate both secondary and primary source material to provide an in-depth analysis of one or more key issues related to the Holocaust and select cases of genocide. They will demonstrate the ability to think critically, and write and speak effectively. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisites: Junior or senior status as HGS major or minor. 12 or more credits in HGS, IHHGS, or IIHGS that must include IHHGS 252 and IIHGS 155, or permission of instructor. Fall.

HGS497 Internship

1-8 credits

Focus is on a student researching, organizing, and writing about a Holocaust or genocide-based topic in cooperation with the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies or some other society, resource center, museum, or foundation dedicated to Holocaust and/or genocide studies. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits. Prerequisites: IHHGS 252/IHHIST 252 or IIHGS 155, and permission of instructor. Occasionally.

HGS498 Independent Study

1-8 credits

In-depth study of a topic or problem selected and pursued in consultation with a faculty member. Design will be at the faculty member's discretion. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits. Prerequisites: IHHGS 252/IHHIST 252 or IIHGS 155 and one 300-level or higher HGS course, and permission of instructor. Occasionally.

GPHS600 Intro to Atrocity Prevention

4 credits

Preventing genocide and other atrocity crimes is an achievable goal; there are ways to recognize their signs and symptoms, and viable options to prevent them at every turn. The course will introduce students to the three stages of prevention strategies – upstream, midstream, and downstream. Fall. Online, asynchronous.

GPHS601 The Genocidal Process

4 credits

This course will introduce students to the genocidal process through foundational texts in Genocide Studies as well as theory and primary documents. Cases such as the Native American genocides, Herero Genocide, Armenian Genocide, Holodomor, Holocaust, Cambodian Genocide, Guatemalan Genocide, Rwandan Genocide, Bosnian Genocide, and Darfur Genocide will be examined. Spring.

GPHS605 Seminar in Genocide Studies

4 credits

Scholarship on genocide is evolving quickly. Seminar will cover a special topic within Genocide Studies. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of a new subject or scholarly approach. May be repeated up to four times as topics change for Master’s level. May be repeated up to two times for Certificate.

GPHS606 Seminar in Holocaust Studies

4 credits

Scholarship on the Holocaust is expanding quickly. Seminar will cover a special topic within Holocaust Studies. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of a subject or scholarly approach. May be repeated up to four times as topics change for Master’s level. May be repeated up to two times for Certificate.

GPHS607 Case Study in GPHS

4 credits

This seminar will cover a specific case of genocide from a variety of perspectives, including historical, cultural, gender-based, sociological, political, economic, environmental, and legal. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of a case of genocide and will explore a specific topic in a final paper.

GPHS610 Upstream Prevention

4 credits

Exploration of a specific subject related to the causes of genocide and the social processes that facilitate the development of genocide and mass atrocity. May be repeated up to four times as topics change for Master’s level. May be repeated up to two times for Certificate. Fall. Online, asynchronous.

GPHS620 Midstream Prevention

4 credits

Exploration of a specific subject related to genocidal processes that have started or that are ongoing. May be repeated up to four times as topics change for Master’s level. May be repeated up to two times for Certificate. Fall. Online, asynchronous.

GPHS630 Downstream Prevention

4 credits

Exploration of a specific subject related to issues faced by society in the aftermath of genocide and mass atrocity. May be repeated up to four times as topics change for Master’s level. May be repeated up to two times for Certificate. Summer. Online, asynchronous.

GPHS640 Gender and Genocide Prevention

4 credits

Gender is important for understanding genocide and its prevention. This course grounds students in research on gender, genocide, and human security, using scholarship, literature, film, and testimonials. May be repeated up to four times as topics change for Master’s level. May be repeated up to two times for Certificate.

GPHS645 Education & Genocide Prevention

4 credits

Learn about educational initiatives and teaching strategies in various post-conflict settings and how schools, museums, and other institutions seek to educate about atrocity after the fact. May be repeated up to four times as topics change for Master’s level. May be repeated up to two times for Certificate.

GPHS650 Social Justice and Human Security

4 credits

Introduction to the human security framework for genocide prevention and the role played by social justice activism in the effort to prevent genocide May be repeated up to four times as topics change for Master’s level. May be repeated up to two times for Certificate.

GPHS655 Mapping, Tech & Prevention

4 credits

This course will examine mapping and other preventative technologies as well as the use of communications technologies by genocidal actors. May be repeated up to four times as topics change for Master’s level. May be repeated up to two times for Certificate.

GPHS660 Law & Prevention

4 credits

Introduction to international law of genocide and mass atrocities, from the 1948 Genocide Convention to the present, and the legacy of intervention, including through international and domestic trials. May be repeated up to four times as topics change for Master’s level. May be repeated up to two times for Certificate.

GPHS691 Thesis

4 credits

Students conceive of, research, and write a thesis in Genocide Prevention and Human Security. Students will work individually, in pairs, and as a large group to complete the various stages of the thesis-writing project. Fall, spring. Master’s only. Minimum of eight credits, maximum of twelve credits, taken over minimum two semesters.

GPHS692 Internship

4 credits

This course support students in their internship and career development experiences. Students will work in large and small groups to learn and practice new skills while developing final projects that highlight their internship work. Fall, spring. Master’s only. Minimum of eight credits, maximum of sixteen credits, taken over minimum two semesters.

GPHS693 Critical Global Engagement

4 credits

In this course students will do a deep dive into the long-term history and present of mass atrocity in one county and one region of the world. Examine societal vulnerabilities to genocide and mass atrocity from a variety of perspectives. Spring. Capstone students must take GPHS 694 in subsequent semester.

GPHS694 International Study Program

4 credits

Practice discipline-related thinking in an international environment through travel, academic seminars, group work, industry and government visits, and cultural activities, with the option of arranging internships and language study. Summer. Capstone students must take GPHS 693 in preceding semester.

GPHS698 Independent Study

4 credits

This elective course will give students the opportunity to work closely with faculty on research projects related to subjects not covered in the regular course offerings. Course is not repeatable. Requires instructor approval.

GPHS700 Language Study

4 credits

Language can be chosen from KSC’s undergraduate language offerings or from approved offerings at a regionally accredited institution, if completed with a grade of C or higher. Repeatable for two distinct language courses for up to 8 credits. Departmental approval required.