Course Number: 
45522

This class draws on the case study of post-genocide Rwanda to pursue questions about the role of the community, as well as the state and nonprofit sectors in the process of creating a context for unity and reconciliation in global post-conflict settings. Students will engage in multiple modes of learning including reading first person narratives, governmental and non-governmental reports, and scholarly works, participating in discussion, watching videos and listening to oral testimonies. Students in this class will: become familiar with the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, unpack the complex web of history, oppression, and deprivation that led to the genocide, and develop a fine-grained understanding of the macro and meso level efforts to bring about unity and reconciliation after the genocide. Throughout we will ask what role the state, local government, NGOs, and local communities play in these processes and will problematize the goals of these initiatives. Although course content focuses deeply on the case study of Rwanda, students will work in groups to research other global contexts of reconciliation, drawing comparisons and contrasts to the Rwandan case. Together we will identify common themes that emerge from these various case studies, and explore the implications for understanding global projects of reconciliation.