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AFA 2380-008: History and Theory of Genocide.

This course is offered by the Department of Africana Studies and provides a theoretical and historical  understanding of genocide. It fulfills the Human and Cultural Diversity in a Global Context core area and the Human and Cultural Diversity and Ethical Perspectives dimensions of USF’s General Education curricula. The course specifically looks at how the concept of “genocide” was originally formulated by Raphael Lemkin and later developed by the United Nations into an international legal theory, and the criticisms that some social scientists have leveled against the “concept” and the “law” of genocide. Efforts of some social scientists to redefine “genocide” will be analyzed, and both the legal and social science theories of genocide will be applied to the study of some of the “accepted” and “contested” historical cases of genocide. Case studies will include the Holocaust (1939-45); the Cambodia genocide (1975-79), and the Rwanda genocide (1994). A comparative analyses of these cases will be made. The course will also examine mass killings which scholars who study genocide do not consider as “genocide.”


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This guide is meant to help students and faculty save time and easily access relevant information that will support them in their research and teaching-learning process in relation to the history and theory of genocide.



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