POLS 2998, Political Issues: Genocide and Narrative Politics

“Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to  humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.”

― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

What is genocide?

Why does it happen?

What are real people’s stories of their experiences?

Consider these questions and more through films, testimonies, news articles, plays, music, historical accounts, and international relations theory. Earn three credits in three weeks of intensive study, great discussion, and critical exploration.

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What Students Should Know: This will not be a regular lecture class. Success will rely on honest participation and engagement with the course content. Your challenge will be to grapple with new concepts, expand the knowledge of everyone in the room, and critically reflect on major world issues, including racism, legacies of colonialism, and global citizenship. It will be a student-centered environment based on experiential, active learning. It’s my hope that this environment will allow each student to enjoy the learning process in their own way. I don’t believe in multiple choice exams in seminar classes, and I hate writing them as much as you hate taking them, so we’re not going to  have any. Instead, you’ll write after every class and deliver a short presentation on what you believe to be the most important (real-life applicable) take-away from the class. This will require you to apply advanced critical and creative thinking skills, but I’ll be there to help you develop them along the way. I’ll be on campus all day every weekday of the semester. I’m always happy to meet with students, and I always have a fresh pot of coffee or tea in my office.

Links:

LesseurGenocideNarrative2015Syllabus

United Nations Audio Visual Library of International Law 

Genocide Archive of Rwanda

Toul Sleng Cambodia

Teaching About Genocide

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