Programmes

Genocide

  • Summer schools
  • Department of International Relations
  • Application code SS-IR202
  • Starting 2018

The ongoing conflict in Syria has ensured that genocide is once again headline news. But why do men (and women) kill? Why do they kill in large numbers? How do they kill? What, if anything, is gained by destroying, in whole or in part, a real or imagined enemy by way of genocide? And what can be done to eradicate this ‘odious scourge’ of humankind, which has claimed more than 100 million lives in the past century?

In answer, this interdisciplinary course analyses the genocidal behavior of all kinds of actors – from colonialists to terrorists. Many empirical cases will be discussed, including the Americas, Australia, South West Africa, the Ottoman Empire, the Soviet Union, Germany, East Pakistan, Indonesia, Nigeria, Cambodia, Guatemala, Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Sudan and Syria.

Although aimed at undergraduate students interested in international politics and international human rights policy and law, more advanced students from the policy-making and NGO communities are also welcome.

Dates for 2018 to be confirmed


Session: One
Dates: 19 June - 7 July 2017
Lecturers: Dr Jens Meierhenrich and Professor Karen E Smith


 

Programme details

Key facts

Level: 200 level. Read more information on levels in our FAQs

Fees:  Please see Fees and payments

Lectures: 36 hours 

Classes: 18 hours

Assessment*: One examination and one essay

Typical credit**: 3-4 credits (US) 7.5 ECTS points (EU)


*Assessment is optional

**You will need to check with your home institution

For more information on exams and credit, read Teaching and assessment

Prerequisites

At least one introductory course in the social sciences (e.g. political science, international relations, sociology, economics), history or law

Programme structure

In the first part of the course, we cover the origins and development of genocidal campaigns, their impact on the maintenance of international peace and security, and their consequences for the reconstruction and development of states and the building of nations, ancient and contemporary.

In the second part, we assess the prospects for preventing genocide and other mass atrocities, by analysing the role that domestic and international courts and tribunals have played in the punishment of international crimes; the development and spread of prevention norms, such as the responsibility to protect; and the creation of preventive policies by international organisations, notably the United Nations, the United States and the European Union. 

Course outcomes

On this interdisciplinary course students will analyse the genocidal behaviour of all kinds of actors – from colonialists to terrorists.

Teaching

With a vibrant research culture, the LSE Department of International Relations is one of the oldest and largest in the world, and remains a leading world centre for the development of the subject. Its reputation for international excellence was recognised in the most recent National Research Assessment Exercise when the International Relations and Government Departments, received one of the highest rankings.               

On this three week intensive programme, you will engage with and learn from full-time lecturers from the LSE.

Reading materials

Christian Gerlach, Extremely Violent Societies: Mass Violence in the Twentieth-Century World (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Jens Meierhenrich, Genocide: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2015).

Jens Meierhenrich, ed., Genocide: A Reader (Oxford University Press, 2014).

William A Schabas, Genocide in International Law: The Crime of Crimes, 2nd ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

Karen E. Smith, Genocide and the Europeans (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

*A more detailed reading list will be supplied prior to the start of the programme

**Course content, faculty and dates may be subject to change without prior notice

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