HIST 2058 - Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide in History
North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code HIST 2058 Course Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide in History Coordinating Unit History Term Winter Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study Incompatible HIST 2031 or HIST 3031 Course Description This course will explore the nature of ethnic cleansing and genocide and seek to discover the common historical, political and sociological threads that unite these tragedies. Students will analyse and discuss a series of case studies including, among others: the near extermination of First Nations people by colonisers of the New World, the Armenian genocide, the man-made famine in Ukraine, the Holocaust, the displacement of peoples in the aftermath of the Second World War in Europe and Africa, and the case of ethnic cleansing and genocide during the wars of Yugoslav succession.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Robert Foster
Associate Professor Robert Foster (co-course convenor)
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Dr Gareth Pritchard (co-course convenor)
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The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. An understanding of the causes, nature and consequences of ethnic cleansing and genocide in modern history.
2. An ability to distinguish between different historical interpretations and different cultural perspectives.
3. Enhanced skills in research, synthesis, organisation and presentation of information.
4. Enhanced problem solving skills.
5. Familiarisation with the research skills necessary for working with primary sources.
6. An ability to work independently.
7. An ability to work cooperatively.
8. An ability to evaluate arguments.
9. Enhanced oral communication skills.
10. An awareness of the role of historians in determining the dominant perceptions of the past and the way these impact on the present.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3,5 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
2,3,4,5,8 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
7,9 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
4,6,7,9 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
1,2,10 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThere are no textbooks for this course.
1. Relevant information about the assessment, the readings and the general running of the course will be available on Canvas.
2. The Course Reader contains essential readings for tutorial discussion.
Recommended ResourcesThe Barr Smith Library has a rich collection of books on our subject. It is essential that you familiarise yourself with the resources guide for this course which is available online through the Barr Smith Library. The resources guide also provides critical information on accessing materials in hard copy and electronically through the Library.
Online LearningThis course has a website accessible through Canvas, which provides further instructions on the assessment tasks, reading lists, essay questions and other relevant materials.
In addition the website will contain lecture notes, handouts and worksheets.
Regular announcements and updates will be posted on Canvas.
You will be expected to check your emails regularly for updates and other information relating to the course.
The University provides you with electronic access to the full text of articles in a very large range of history journals through the Barr Smith Library.
The resources guide for this course is available at: http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/hist2058.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course comprises eight face-to-face contact hours per week, over four weeks.
(3x two hour lectures per week and 1x two hour tutorial per week.)
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
There are eight contact hours per week. Independent study in preparation for tutorials and written assignments together with the contact hours amount to approximately 156 hours of study across the course of the winter school.
Learning Activities SummaryLectures in this course refer specifically to the topics and readings to be discussed in tutorials. Lectures are designed to stimulate debate and reflection. They do this by evoking the wider context in which to place the subjects under review, by pointing you to historians' debates on key issues and by referring directly to items in your course reader.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceStudents will be divided into research teams to prepare a presentation on a contemporary case of Ethnic Cleansing and/or Genocide. These presentations will be given in the final week of the course.
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Assessment SummaryOne Short Essay 30%
One Research Essay 50%
One Group Presentation 20%
Assessment DetailDetails of assessment will be provided in MyUni.
SubmissionAll assignments are submitted via Turnitin.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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