Course: Preventing Genocide and Mass Atrocities in the 21st Century

HC 424H/421H

Professor: David Frank

Graduation Requirement: This class fulfills an Arts & Letters Colloquium and an Identity, Pluralism and Tolerance (IP) Multicultural class. If the student has already taken an Arts & Letters Colloquium, this class fulfills both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an IP Multicultural class.

This course is dedicated to the tragedies of mass atrocity and genocide. We consider approaches designed to inoculate against mass atrocities and genocide and the strategic strategies available to confront mass atrocity or genocide breakout. We draw from the disciplines of rhetoric, social psychology, and decision-making. The genocide in Rwanda and the ongoing mass atrocities in Syria and the genocide in Darfur are featured. Students gain a command of the scholarly literature in these three fields, engage in structured decision making simulations designed confront the tradeoffs faced by decision makers, and write a significant term paper on the decision making taking place when government officials are faced with contexts of mass atrocity and genocide. The course is divided into three interrelated sections: I) Theories explaining, inoculating against and successful interventions in mass atrocity and genocide. II) Simulations of government decision-making in contexts of mass atrocity and genocide. III) Student works of scholarship on mass atrocity and genocide.