Snapshot of the Syllabus
The 2020 Program
August 3 - 14, 2020
This two-week course provides participants with the intellectual framework for understanding the numerous, complex and often emotional issues related to genocide. An examination of several major cases of genocide provides the foundation for comparative analysis, along with the exploration of selected broad themes. The specific case studies and special themes may vary from year to year.
Using a seminar approach, the program provides a structured forum for analyzing universal questions relating to human rights and their gross violation. Students will gain an understanding of the following:
The development and meaning of Human Rights and their relationship to genocide.
The background, sources, causes and effects of genocide.
How to recognize, define and predict genocide.
The social, economic and psychological impact on survivors and their descendants.
Gender and genocide.
Destruction by attrition.
International law and genocide.
Methods and strategies to help prevent genocide
The 2019 Syllabus
Taking the Program for Credit
Many universities will give graduate-level credit for participating in the GHRUP. In this case, students must approach a professor at their university with the syllabus and faculty biographies for approval as an “independent study” or “directed reading” course. It is critical that participants who would like university credit for the course inform the organizers at the time of applying, and not after the fact. Credit is subject to approval by your university and must be authorized in advance. Be sure to discuss the options and the process with IIGHRS staff before starting the program.
Marks for students taking the course for credit will be graded on the following criteria. Class participation will be worth 25%, and a ten-minute oral presentation to the class at the end of the course will likewise be worth 25% of the final mark. A research paper, approximately 15-20 pages in length, double-spaced, must be handed in to the GHRUP’s Course Director not later than two months after the end of the course and will count for 50% of the final mark. The subject of the research paper must be approved in advance by the Course Director and the professor at the student’s home institution. Other formats for the final paper may be possible, upon consultation with the Course Director and the professor at the student’s home institution.
The Course Director will work cooperatively with the student’s home institution to ensure that the full report on the student’s performance in class, his or her formal presentation, and the evaluation of the term paper, will be provided to the faculty member at the student’s home institution who is supervising the independent studies course for the applicant. Although the Course Director will recommend a final grade, only the supervisor can assign the official grade, and the institution the number of academic credits for the course. Grading will be based on the quality of the research and analysis in the written work, including handling of sources, critical thought about their use and application, and some indication of a comparative approach. Participants in the program who are teachers or graduate students in education can submit a curriculum with strategies.
All required readings will be provided to students at no additional cost. Students may find it beneficial to read the following text, which may be obtained from their library or favourite bookseller in print or e-book format:
Adam Jones, Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction. Third edition. London and New York: Routledge, 2017