HST3041F    Genocide: African Experiences

30 NQF credits at HEQSF level 7

Convener: Associate Professor M Adhikari

Course entry requirements: At least two courses at 1000-level and two 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:

Major themes include the roles of racism, colonialism and nationalism in the making of African genocides. The main case studies covered by the course are the extermination of the indigenous peoples of the Canary Islands in the 13th and 14th centuries by Spanish invaders, the destruction of Cape San societies in the 18th and 19th centuries, the annihilation of Herero society by German forces in the early 20th century, the Rwandan Genocide and the recent mass killings in Darfur. Besides reflecting on the concept of genocide and contending theoretical approaches to the subject, the course will also introduce a comparative perspective by examining some of the global dimensions of the phenomenon.

Lecture times:  Monday to Friday 6th period.

DP requirements: 100% of required coursework and course evaluation.

Assessment: Coursework counts for 50% of the final mark and a two hour examination at the end of the semester in which the course is taken counts for the remaining 50%.