NQF credits: 30 at HEQSF level 7

Third year, second semester course, up to three lectures per week, at least eight double-period seminars

Convener:  Dr S Field

Entrance requirements: At least 2 courses at 1000-level and 2 courses at 2000-level in historical, cultural studies or social science offered by the Faculty of Humanities, or by permission of the Head of Department.

Course outline:  The ways in which people remember, forget and silence their past are indispensable to how they construct and sustain their identities.  South African and international historical literature will be used to develop comparative case studies on trauma and memory in the post-authoritarian countries such as South Africa, Rwanda and post-war Germany.  A central theme linking these diverse case studies is the impact of traumatic experiences on the making of life, community and national histories, and the significance of reconciliatory processes such as the TRC and gacac.  Through these case studies, students will have the opportunity to explore specific memory/identity themes such as self, community, gender, culture and politics.  The course will also help students to interpret examples of remembrance that are represented through writing, oral histories, films, cartoons, spaces, archives and memorialisation.

Lecture times: 3rd period.

DP requirements: 100% of required coursework; course evaluation is to be completed.

Assessment:  Class and project work count for 50% of the final mark, and one two-hour examination at the end of the semester in which the course is taken counts for the remaining 50%.