NS5403: Crimes against Humanity

NS5403: Crimes against Humanity

Please note this module descriptor is indicative of the structure of this course and may be subject to change.

Module Title Crimes against Humanity
Module Code NS5403
Module Tutor Jonathan Hobson
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 5
Brief Description

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.

Indicative Syllabus

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

Learning Outcomes

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

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 24
Independent Learning Hours: 126
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Assignment: Individual: 2500 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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