HIS 275 - History and Cultural Analysis of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights - WR
The Holocaust is studied as a transcendent narrative, a lens for exploring genocide and human rights. Building upon knowledge gained in American History and Western Civilization, both historical and cultural analyses are used to reflect upon the human capacity to marginalize, objectify, terrorize, and exterminate the "other" simply for existing. The course's major theme is that, theoretically and pragmatically, liberal democracy and human rights--clearly articulated and consistently enforced--are the only constraints against the "beast" of state-sponsored or state-initiated violence. Three class hours.
Prerequisite; PSY 101 or SOC 101 or ANT 102, or permission of instructor and ENG 101 highly recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
1. Describe how the societal construct of race became fundamental to Nazi cosmology.
2. Explain the relationship between the Second World War and the implementation of the Final Solution.
3. Articulate how the application of technology to inter-group conflict decreased restraints on state-sponsored terror.
4. Analyze how technology and the techniques of mass production have been combined to increase the destructive power of weaponry and ordnance.
5. Elaborate upon the enduring consequences and implications of the Holocaust.
6. Appraise the roles of liberal democracy and of human rights in thwarting state-sponsored violence.
Course Offered Fall and Spring