The twentieth century has been called 'the century of genocide' but genocidal violence has continued unabated into the new millennium. The HGS minor asks students to reflect upon why genocides take place and how people come to participate in mass violence. It promotes the study of the Holocaust and its relationship to the broader phenomenon of genocide and mass killing in history.
Issues covered on the Holocaust include anti-Semitism, the Nazi state, ghettos and death camps, and the responses of victims, perpetrators and bystanders. It asks students to examine the Holocaust as a symbol of the modern condition, its uniqueness and relationship to other forms of violence and genocide.
This minor presents strong overseas unit offerings that enable students to integrate their academic inquiry in Australia with intensive on-site study and hands-on practical work in places including Rwanda and South Africa, as well as European sites of life and destruction associated with the Holocaust.