Thursday, May 6, 2021

Summer GVPT Course: The Quest to End Genocide in the 21st Century


Course Information

From Never Forget to Never Again: The Quest to End Genocide in the 21st Century

GVPT399A, Summer I, 2021

Credits: 3


Course Dates: From June 1, 2021 – July 9, 2021

Professor: Annie Rappeport, M.Ed.




Synchronous Meetings via Zoom 2:00-4:00pm on the following dates June 1st, June 8th, June 15th, June 22nd, June 29th and July 6th. During these meetings we will have multiple guest speakers and interactive activities. With this in mind, please plan to have video on for these sessions. If this is not possible, please let me know.


The rest of the course is to be completed asynchronously online with a mixture of weekly discussion boards, recorded lectures and selected short films/podcasts.

Course Description

Why do we study genocide?

“Often…we have to look deep into our inhumanity to find our humanity…” – James Waller, Confronting Evil

The spectrum of human capacity for kindness, cruelty and indifference is large and complex. Many genocide scholars cite that they are drawn to the field so that better understanding can help our collective memory and growth towards a more harmonious, stable and peaceful future. That is why our class will frame our learnings towards prevention efforts and be focused on small projects that are interactive and give you tangible takeaways from the course for how to promote positive peace. 

Learning Outcomes 

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

·       Engage in meaningful conversations about the relevancy of genocide in the 21st century. You will be able to connect efforts like the UN Sustainable Development Goals with the transdisciplinary efforts taking place at international and local levels to mitigate the causes and impacts of ongoing violent conflict.

·      You will have a strong command of the history of genocide as well as the global mechanisms working to hold perpetrators legally accountable for genocidal crimes across at least five contexts in our recent past and currently.

·       You will be able to enter ongoing debates related to what constitutes genocide and will have experiences with experiential scenarios that help you imagine ways efforts towards genocide prevention may continue to improve based upon context, lessons learned, and new tools being created in education, psychology, politics and government that are intended to aid international and local inventions towards positive peacebuilding.

·      In addition, you will get to hear from survivors of genocide and conflict alongside practitioners working in various fields related to memory, peace building and prevention. Some of these individuals will share ideas for how you can stay involved in peace projects through volunteer and internship opportunities.

·      You will have a project proposal to share with potential internships, etc. that displays problem-solving skills connecting a real-world conflict issue to an innovative solution