HIST510 Massacre and Genocide: Histories of Atrocity

Updated: 13 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Tristan Taylor (ttaylo33@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

From the opportunistic acts of pillage and bloodletting enacted in ancient conquests, to the mechanistic genocide of the Holocaust, episodes of mass violence provide the most momentous and profound experiences of human history. They are also events that tend to inflame enduring passions and controversy, informing broader, collective understandings of the past and present in ways that are diverse and divisive. This unit takes a critical, historical approach to the study of mass atrocity. It considers what these episodes reveal about the extreme dimensions of racial, religious and political conflict, and examines atrocities as contested sites of memory which bequeath lingering questions of responsibility, retribution and reconciliation.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced understanding of and discuss critically the concept and implications of mass atrocity;
  2. articulate historical issues and problems that specifically relate to the context of selected topic areas;
  3. apply an advanced knowledge of research principles and methods to select and synthesise ideas from a range and variety of primary and secondary source materials;
  4. use effective communication strategies to present properly evidenced, coherent and sustained arguments on historical and contemporary problems and issues; and
  5. demonstrate an advanced understanding of the relationship and relevance of historical problems and issues to contemporary societies.