Holocaust and genocide studies

Holocaust and genocide studies asks you to reflect upon why genocides take place, and how people come to participate in mass violence. We focus on the study of the Holocaust and its relationship to the broader phenomenon of genocide and mass killing in history.

Our strong overseas-unit offerings enable you to integrate your course work with intensive onsite study and hands-on practical work. We have international placements in Rwanda and South Africa, as well as in European regions associated with the Holocaust.

You will learn to consider the complex issues of genocidal violence, ideology, displaced persons and refugees, human rights, international law, ethics, cultural memory, and community regeneration. We focus on the study of the Holocaust in Nazi Germany, examining anti-Semitism, the Nazi state, ghettos and death camps, and the responses of victims, perpetrators and bystanders.

You'll be asked to think about what these factors tell us about our society, with the Holocaust as a symbol of the modern condition. You'll consider the uniqueness of the Holocaust, and its relationship to other forms of violence and genocide.

Our expert lecturers will highlight for you the importance of oral history and eyewitness accounts of genocide. A key component of this program is the Shoah Visual History Archive held by Monash University, a prime resource for your engagement and scholarly research.

We examine the histories of genocide beyond the Holocaust, including such case studies as Armenia, Cambodia, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and Darfur. You'll also consider the issue of genocide in relation to the experience of indigenous populations in the Americas, Africa and Australia, among others.

Across all of these genocides there are common themes, which we consider in relation to each. These include trauma and testimony, the limits of representation, the survivor experience across generations and cultures, the role of the law in adjudicating war crimes, media coverage of atrocity, and the failure to prevent genocide.

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MinorNote Caulfield, Clayton