PREREQ: 3 COURSES IN SOCIOLOGY, INCLUDING SOC-UA.0001, SOC-UA.0002, OR SOC-UA.0003, OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR.
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.
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