Spring 2024 Human Rights GU4195 section 001

Topics in History, Memory and Transition


Call Number 10871
Day & Time
M 12:10pm-2:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Nanci Adler
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description How do societies address their “bad pasts” in order to create “good futures” in the aftermath of conflict, state-sponsored repression, dictatorship, and genocide? Transitional Justice has generated numerous strategic and tactical approaches for redressing often irreparable harms. These include: international criminal tribunals, national or local legal proceedings, truth commissions, restitution, the accurate revision of history, public apologies, the establishment of monuments and museums, and official commemorations. The aim of this course is to examine and analyze from a historical perspective the characteristics and problems of transitions from non-democratic/dictatorial/totalitarian/criminal political regimes to the beginnings of democracy and civil society. We shall focus on concepts and comparative cases, and current and past transitional justice-related questions, including historical reconciliation. We will study, among others, the experience of Germany at and after the Nuremberg proceedings, transitional justice in Africa, post-Soviet efforts at coming to terms with its Communist past, the ICTY/ICTR/ICC, amnesty and amnesia, and the legacy and memory of genocide and mass political repression. Students will gain a substantive framework for understanding the questions and challenges related to transitional justice today.
Web Site Vergil
Department Institute for Study of Human Rights
Enrollment 18 students (22 max) as of 3:06PM Saturday, July 20, 2024
Subject Human Rights
Number GU4195
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Note Join SSOL Waitlist. Priority to HRSMA and CC/GS HUMR.
Section key 20241HRTS4195W001