Holocaust and genocide studies

About Holocaust and genocide studies

The 20th century has been called ‘the century of genocide’, but genocidal violence continues into the new millennium. This area of study asks you to reflect on why genocides happen and how people come to participate in mass violence.

Why choose Holocaust and genocide studies?

You’ll explore the Holocaust as a turning point in human history, along with the causes and effects of modern genocides all over the world and what’s being done to prevent them. You’ll examine themes such as 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.

What will you study?

This area of study asks you to reflect on why genocides happen and how people come to participate in mass violence? Learn more about issues such as:

  • Anti-Semitism
  • The Nazi state
  • Ghettos and death camps
  • The responses of victims, perpetrators and bystanders.

What careers will you be ready for?

You will be prepared for a range of careers in areas including:

  • Humanitarian organisations
  • Education
  • Law and justice
  • Museum and memorial conservation
  • Government and much more.

Who will be teaching you?

At the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC), we believe that great research, when properly applied, can lead to lasting positive change in the world and the individuals who lived within it.

Our researchers are immersed in the academic study of the cultures, literatures, politics and histories of Jewish civilisation. We have expertise in research and teaching on the representation of the Holocaust, genocide, and trauma; documenting the history of Yiddish Melbourne; courses in modern Jewish history; as well as Jewish family, youth and identity.

Global study

With Monash’s impressive international links, you’ll get the opportunity to venture into contexts to enhance your learning.

Short term programs:

  • Seeking Justice – South Africa and Rwanda
  • Final Journey: Remembering the Holocaust – France, Italy, Germany, Poland and Amsterdam

A range of scholarships are available.

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