IR6004 - Genocide

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What will I learn on this module?

In this module I will analyse how ideas of genocide have evolved throughout the twentieth century. I will be encouraged to consider the political and legal consequences of genocides, and to engage with the socio/cultural/ethno/economic/religious explanations that some key thinkers have forwarded as being causal factors of genocide. I will also examine how policymakers have grappled with the problem of preventing and stopping genocides once they have begun.

How will I learn on this module?

Being a Level 6 module, I will be responsible for my learning. I will attend lectures where I will be presented with the ideas behind these institutions that deal with questions of genocide (why we have them), how they work (institutions) and what they do (policy). I will also attend seminars where I will build upon my reading for the lectures and where I will discuss what I think are the significance of these international institutions that are charged with preventing genocides. In the seminars for this module, I will engage with the academic literature on genocide and will use this literature to understand episodes of genocide.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

My academic development will be facilitated through engagement with the academic literature and by talking with my peers and academics about my understanding of the literature. I expect to have my notions of international institutions challenged in this module. I will also use seminars and tutorials to further enrich my learning experience.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
At the end of this module I will have learned about:
1. The historical understanding of the concept of genocide and how the key theorists have described genocides
2. How policymakers have attempted to prevent and stop genocides once they have begun

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
At the end of this module I will be able to:
3. Discuss how the concept of genocide is contested in the academic literature
4. Compare and contrast episodes often described as genocides and to draw synergies between them

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
At the end of this module I will have enhanced the following skills:

5. To gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of sources;

How will I be assessed?

Through a process of scaffolding introduced in the lectures and built upon in the seminars, the assignment will assess how successfully I have been able to understand and critique the global political institutions charged with preventing and stopping genocide that have been introduced in this module. I will have the opportunity to present my work in the seminars and will receive formative feedback from my lecturer on any presentation I might make

The assessment (3,500 word assignment). will test the knowledge I have produced within this module. Seminars will be of crucial importance because it is in the seminars where I will have the opportunity to discuss my understanding of the theoretical and policy literature. Again, the lecturer will give me formative feedback on my discussions.

Pre-requisite(s)

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Co-requisite(s)

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Module abstract

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Course info

UCAS Code LV21

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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