Snapshot of the Syllabus 

The 2021 Program

August 2nd - 13th, 2021

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

  • Denial, Memory, Museum and Representation

  • Destruction by attrition

  • International law and genocide

  • Methods and strategies to help prevent genocide

The 2021 Syllabus

Taking the Program for Credit

Due to the format of the 2021 program, the Institute is unable to offer scholarships or the option to take the course for credit this year.

Students will be expected to prepare a ten-minute oral presentation to present to the class at the end of the course. More details will be provided in the syllabus and by the Course Director at the start of the program. 


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

Oral Presentation 

Meet Our 2021 Faculty

Application Deadline: May 31, 2021

Registration is open on January 1, 2021