Fall 2015  |  SOC 4104 Section 001: Crime and Human Rights (25749)

Class Component:
3 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Meets With:
GLOS 4104 Section 001
GLOS 4104H Section 001
SOC 4104H Section 001
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/08/2015 - 12/16/2015
Tue, Thu 02:30PM - 03:45PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 255
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Serious violations of humanitarian/human rights law. Criminalization. Impact of interventions on memories/future of cycles of violence. Case studies on Holocaust, Balkan wars, Darfur, My Lai massacre, etc. Criminal justice, truth commissions, vetting, compensation programs. prereq: 1001, at least one 3xxx SOC or GLOS course recommended, soc majors/minors must register A-F
Class Notes:
Click this link for more detailed course information http://classinfo.umn.edu/?savel001+SOC4104+Fall2015
Class Description:
This course addresses serious violations of humanitarian and human rights law, efforts to criminalize those violations (laws and institutions), and consequences of these efforts. Examples are crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. Special attention will be paid to the impact interventions have on memories of atrocities as such memories are likely to affect the future of cycles of violence. Section I provides an overview of the basic themes of this class and their interconnection: atrocities, legal and other institutional responses, and the ways responses mediate memory. Section II addresses a series of cases in which responses to past atrocities included criminal prosecution and trials: the Holocaust, the Balkan wars, and the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War. A special focus will be on the violence in the Darfur region of Sudan. Section III will examine cases in which a major response to atrocities was truth commissions, at times combined with trials and compensation programs. Special cases include South Africa, Argentina, and post-Communist Eastern Europe. Section IV addresses the consequences of interventions and memories for ending cycles of violence.
50% Midterm Exam
35% Final Exam
15% Special Projects
Class Format:
65% Lecture
10% Film/Video
10% Discussion
10% Small Group Activities
5% Student Presentations
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
9 April 2014

ClassInfo Links - Fall 2015 4000 Level Sociology Classes Taught by Joachim Savelsberg

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