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CRIM71-105: Genocide - A sociological and criminological approach January 2022 [Standard]

General information

This subject is anchored in a set of values that explore the murderous thinking behind genocide - which always involves the designation of others who must be eliminated because they do not, supposedly, belong in a given society. It will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to challenge these values in a more effective and successful manner. There will always be acts committed by ordinary humans against other humans that are inhumane in the extreme. These are the acts that society as a whole needs to classify as evil, such as genocide. Without this classification it would seem that true horror of what mankind is capable of cannot be fully comprehended.


Academic unit:Faculty of Society & Design
Subject code:CRIM71-105
Subject title:Genocide - A sociological and criminological approach
Subject level:Postgraduate
Semester/Year:January 2022
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

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Workload items:
  • Seminar: x12 (Total hours: 36) - Weekly Seminar
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 84) - Recommended Study Hours


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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of a wide range of organisations in the field of genocide.
  2. Demonstrate advanced cognitive, technical and communication skills in analysing efforts to prevent genocide and encourage conflict resolution and processes of reconciliation.
  3. Demonstrate advanced critical thinking skills in analysing the research and literature on genocide.
  4. Apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, judgement, adaptability, and responsibility as a learner and practitioner.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
Presentation A 25-minute presentation on a topic related to genocide chosen by the student. 40% Weekly 1, 2, 3, 4.
*Class Participation Participation will be measured each week in terms of the student's contribution to discussion and group work. 20% Weekly 1, 2, 3, 4.
Computer-Aided Examination (Open) Ilearn exam open book. 40% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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Submission procedures

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Subject curriculum

Introduction to genocide studies

1, 2, 3, 4.

Examines the social context in which genocides occur

1, 2, 3, 4.

An examination of genocides through history

1, 2, 3, 4.

A look at genocides that have occured in recent and modern times

1, 2, 3, 4.

A detailed examination of a modern genocide

1, 2, 3, 4.

How do ordinary people committ mass murder

1, 2, 3, 4.

The law concerning individual responsibility and genocide

1, 2, 3, 4.

How do you investigate a mass crime

1, 2, 3, 4.

The International Criminal Court and legal responses to genocide

1, 2, 3, 4.

Telling the story of genocide

1, 2, 3, 4.

Peace keeping and conflict resolution

1, 2, 3, 4.

What does the future hold for the human race

1, 2, 3, 4.
Approved on: Nov 4, 2021. Edition: 3.1
Last updated: Nov 16, 2021.