Knowledge: on a successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- identify and critically analyze the concept of victimhood and its relation to culture.
- identify and critically analyze the concept of human rights and its relation to culture.
- point out key issues of using human rights as a universal and global framework of ‘doing justice’.
- use and apply these concepts and theories to historical and contemporary case-studies of genocide and mass violence by critically analyzing and comparing them on a macro, meso and micro level.
Skills: after following this course the student is able to:
- analyse case studies using the concepts of Human Rights and Victimhood in a critical way.
- communicate arguments and conclusions based on theoretical research and case study analysis
- write an academic paper about a topical issue related to Human Rights and Victimhood
Character building: The course encourages critical thinking and by explicitly addressing topical issues and by zooming in to ongoing debates regarding Human Rights and Victimhood gives students tools for critical citizenship.
In this course, we will study practices of victimhood in relation to human rights’ abuses and violations. The course will start with a short introduction into human rights, using both a historical and cultural approach, and an introduction to the concept of ‘victim’ and ‘victimhood’. Questions such as ‘who is the victim’ and ‘how is victimhood constructed’ are key in these lectures.|
After this introduction, a few cases of human rights’ violations will be studied. The course-focus in the academic year 2018-2019 will be on genocide and genocide denial, which will be studied in general and in relation to practices of memorialization in particular. Our case-studies are 1. Srebrenica; 2. Armenia; 3. Rwanda, but discussions during class are not limited to these cases. The dynamics of online culture will be taken into account in studying the three cases (e.g. the impact of online denial of genocide).