A History of Genocide, Travel

A History of Genocide: Academics

Richmond, The American International University in London

This program is accredited by Richmond, The American International University in London. The University is an independent, non-profit international university of liberal arts and professional studies. It is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Richmond is licensed to grant BA, BS and MA degrees by the Department of Education in the State of Delaware, where the University is incorporated.

Academic Overview & Policies

Attendance to all lectures and site visits are mandatory. Students are not permitted to take final exams early.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by Richmond, The American International University in London. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home university.

Course Description

HIST 5700 (3 credits)
Centuries of Genocide: A History

The 20th century has been called ‘the century of genocide’, the attempt to systematically exterminate a whole group of peoples based on their religious, ethnic or national origins. But genocidal violence evolved in the 19th century and persisted into the 21st. This special ‘travelling’ course provides a comparative history of the evolution of different genocides, including: the near extermination of First Nation/indigenous peoples by European colonisers, Germany’s actions in 1903-4, South West Africa, Turkey and Armenia, the Holocaust, the displacement of peoples in the aftermath of the WWII, the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, Indonesia’s actions in East Timor and PNG, the wars of Yugoslavian succession, the Rwandan genocide, and modern Sudan, amongst others. Addressing some of these events in the context of their locations and making use of special collections, sites and archives within Europe, it will address questions relating to: why and how genocides and ethnic cleansing take place; how do you define these terms; the historical context to such developments (including racism, imperialism, nationalism and modernism as well as the origins of concentration camps and the reservation system); the significance of genocide; and what are the consequences of genocide today, including failures to prevent further incidents and Holocaust denial.

Prerequisites GEP1480 Research and Writing II or ARW 4195 Principles of Academic Research or HST 3100 World Cultural History or equivalent.

Please visit www.richmond.ac.uk for details on prerequisites