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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - AFA6387
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2010-03-29
Campus: Tampa
Submission Type: New
Course Change Information (for course changes only):
Comments: Rec'd in GS 10/26/09; to GC review on 11/2/09; Approved by GC 11/16/09; to SCNS office for submission 11/29/09; SCNS approved 1/11/10 - NUMBER CHANGED from 6700 to 6387; effective 1/2010; posted in Banner 1/20/2010

Detail Information

  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2009-08-31
  2. Department: Africana Studies
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 0120200
  5. Contact Person: Dr. Edward Kissi
  6. Phone: 47784
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: AFA
  9. Number: 6387
  10. Full Title: Seminar on Genocide and Human Rights
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: D - Discussion (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Genocide and Human Rights
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Examines “genocide” and “human rights” as concepts and crimes; the debates that have developed around them and the circumstances in which perpetrators of these crimes deprive particular groups of people of their “right to life.”

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This is the core seminar for the proposed Graduate Certificate in Genocide and Human Rights in the Department of Africana Studies. It allows the Department to move the discipline of Africana Studies into new applied fields of learning and also to pioneer,
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course will be a required core seminar for the proposed graduate certificate in genocide and human rights.
  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) A Ph.D. in any of the humanities disciplines, with teaching and research knowledge/expertise in the Holocaust, Genocide or Human Rights. Seminar will draw on existing and future faculty of the Department of Africana Studies and other faculty expertise in collaborating departments and colleges.
  29. Objectives: 1. Students will learn about the historical development of the concepts of genocide and human rights and how they became part of our modern legal and moral discourse.

    2. Students will understand that differences in the physical appearance of peoples and their ways of life are natural aspects of our common humanity to be accepted and respected and not regarded as social problems to be solved through state-directed programs of homogenization.

    3. Students will compare the similarities and differences between the Holocaust and other genocides that have occurred in other parts of the world since the attempted extermination of European Jews by the Nazi regime between 1933 and 1945 and, thereby, develop a deeper appreciation of the contexts in which genocide and grave breaches of human rights occur.

    4. Students will demonstrate, through written papers and class discussions, an understanding of the role of particular human behaviour such as racism and prejudice in the origins of genocide and human rights abuses and learn about how to combat these destructive human tendencies.

    5. Students will have the necessary grounding in interdisciplinary research and also sharpen their writing and analytic skills.

  30. Learning Outcomes: Students who take this course seriously and complete its requirements successfully will be able to:

    1. expand their knowledge about how and why deliberate destruction of human life happen in a civilized and moral world.

    2.learn what it means to be human and humane and appreciate the necessity of living in amity with other human beings in a pluralistic world.

    3.apply the concept of genocide and human rights to the study of inhumane acts and understand why it is unhelpful to view all mass murders as genocide, but to draw distinctions between them on the bases of their intent, nature and outcome.

    4. evaluate the contributions that the study of genocide and human rights can make toward the promotion of healthy communities and improvement of the quality of life.

    5 realize that they have a moral and intellectual responsibility to work towards the preservation of the sanctity of human life.

  31. Major Topics: 1. "Genocide" and "Human Rights": Origins and Controversies.

    2. Society and Extraordinary Evil.

    3. Genocide and the Health of Survivors.

    4.Human Rights and Social Justice.

    5. Human Rights in post-Genocide Societies: Prospects of Building Sustainable Societies.

    6. Research Proposal Presentations [Oral].

    7. Presentation of Historiographical Essays [Oral].

    8. Presentation of Major Research Papers [Oral]

  32. Textbooks: Primary Sources:

    [Besides the listed primary sources, students are encouraged to consult the USF Libraries’ catalogues for primary source collections on “Genocide” and/or “Human Rights.”]

    1.United Nations. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide [The Genocide Convention], 9 December 1948.

    2.United Nations. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights [the UDHR], 10 December 1948.

    Secondary Sources: Books

    1. Dominik J. Schaller and Jurgen Zimmerer, eds. The Origins of Genocide: Raphael Lemkin as a historian of mass violence. London & New York: Routledge,

  33. Course Readings, Online Resources, and Other Purchases:
  34. Student Expectations/Requirements and Grading Policy:
  35. Assignments, Exams and Tests:
  36. Attendance Policy: See University Policy
  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
  38. Program This Course Supports: Graduate Certificate
  39. Course Concurrence Information:

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