OPEN ONLY TO JUNIOR & SENIOR SOCIOLOGY MAJORS --PERMISSION OF THE DEPARTMENT REQUIRED. ACCESS CODE MUST BE OBTAINED AT DEPARTMENT. This course examines human rights violations, especially genocide, and justice in the global world. To achieve this goal we explore the links between human rights abuses, especially, genocide and transitional justice tools such as trials, truth and reconciliation and lustration. Particular attention is paid to societies in transition to democracy and/or capitalism and the political, economic and social contexts of these transitions. First, we focus on the use of tribunal prosecutions/ trials and reparations as transitional justice tools in post-Nazi Germany. Second, we analyze the transitional justice tool of truth and reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa. Third, we examine the use of lustration as a transitional justice tool in post-communist Czechoslovakia. Fourth, we trace the concurrent jurisdiction approach (tribunal trial-national trial-Gacaca) in post-conflict Rwanda. Fifth, we examine the use of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as a transitional justice tool in Cambodia. Sixth, we examine the recent use of universal jurisdiction as a transitional tool in Chile. Finally, we will analyze the transitional justice tools used to deal with human rights abuses in countries chosen by students in the class.

This course provides students with an opportunity to read, think, write, and talk about research and theories about African Americans' experiences in the U.S.—and to explore the ways in which Black folk here have been endangered, enraged, and engaged in societal transformation. While the course is in part designed to answer a specific set of questions about African Americans at various moments in U.S. history, it should also stimulate new questions for research, theory, and debate. The course addresses several core questions including why Africans came to be seen as perpetually enslave-able in a society that claimed to be a democratic republic; why economic and political progress for African Americans seems to have coincided with certain historical events (such as war); how African Americans found a way to resist over 300 years of racial oppression to demand rights collectively, how early patterns of economic, social, and political inequality have contributed to contemporary patterns of inequality in wealth and access to power and privilege; and finally, how racism—anti-black racism in particular—stifles working class whites' and other racial/ethnic minorities' ability to create policies and parties that could work in the interests of all working peoples and all people of color. This course is readings- and discussion-intensive and most appropriate for those in or past their second year of study at NYU.

Course Information

SOC-UA 934


4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Fall 2018

Jo Dixon
R: 2:00 PM - 4:40 PM 295L 4155