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ENG 118 - Perpetrators, Victims, and Bystanders: Literature of Genocide

3 Credits

A study of the development of the major groups involved in a genocide, including perpetrators, victims, bystanders, upstanders, rescuers, and resistors through a variety of literary genres, which may include poetry, novels, short stories, plays, memoirs, movies, and children’s literature. Students will study the origins and definition of the term genocide and read literature from representative genocides such as Rwanda, Armenia, Cambodia, Iraq, The Holocaust, Darfur, and South Sudan.

Prerequisite(s): ENG 101; or equivalent; or instructor permission (ENG 101 can be taken as a co-requisite).

Learning Attributes: WR

SUNY General Education: SUNY-OWC - Other World Civilizations (SOW2)

MCC General Education: MCC-GLO - Global Understanding (MGLO), MCC-SSD - Social Science and Diversity (MSSD)

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Define genocide within its cultural, political, economic, or institutional context.
2. Discuss the global issue of genocide and atrocity through one or more of the following perspectives, including the perpetrator, victim, bystander, upstander, resistor, or rescuer.
3. Evaluate ideas from diverse literary genres from around the world that discuss genocide and atrocity.
4. Write a thesis-driven essay using literature of genocide and atrocity as a primary source.
5. Apply appropriate formal conventions when writing about literature of genocide and atrocity.
6. Analyze one or more domestic, political, economic, cultural, or social issues in one or more of the following countries: Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia, Armenia, Sudan, and Germany.
7. Explain how genocide develops through one or more of its institutional, governmental, economic, cultural, and social precipitating factors.

Course Offered Fall, Spring

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Spring Semester 2023