Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.
The module aims to explore genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, and examine how individuals, regimes, or ideologies have shaped such events. It considers the progression of international legislation and the role of the International Criminal Court and international law in seeking criminal convictions for these crimes. Through a mixture of films, documentaries, lectures, seminars and discussions the module aims to help us understand the social, political and historical processes behind some of these atrocities.
Historical and contemporary definitions of Genocide, War Crimes, and Crimes against Humanity
The progression of legislation and development of legal bodies that deal with these crimes
Psycho-social context / reasoning for these crimes
A range of examples of various acts that fall into the categories of Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity
A student passing this module should be able to:
1) Examine the differences between Genocide, War Crimes, and Crimes against Humanity, including the legislation concerning prosecution for these crimes
2) Apply knowledge from the module to case studies that examine the history, nature, and legacy of serious Human Rights abuses
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