Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies

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The Holocaust Through Film

CAS JS 367 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS XL 387, CAS CI 387

TR 3:30-4:45 PM

Prereq: First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120)

An examination of film using the Holocaust as its central topic. What are the political and cultural effects when genocide is represented through film? Can feature films portray history, and if so, what are the consequences for an informed society? Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-Intensive Course.

Instructor: Professor Matthew Creighton

Holocaust Literature

CAS JS 369 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS XL 459, CAS LI 459, GRS RN 759

TR 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

This course will focus on Holocaust literature as a way to access the history of the Holocaust through individuals telling their stories. Primo Levi, a survivor of Auschwitz, is widely regarded as one of the most important voices to come out of the Holocaust. We will study his writings as well as those of Elie Wiesel and other survivors. Effective Spring 2022, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Ethical Reasoning.

Instructor: Professor Nancy Harrowitz

Genocide in Literature and Film 

CAS LF 481 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS CI 490

TR 2:00-3:15 PM

This course examines the emergence of new artistic forms in literature, film, and performance arts on the 1994 genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda. Authors to be discussed: Diop, Tadjo, Mukasonga, Gatore. Films and BD by: Peck, Kivu, Karekezi, Ndiaye, Stassen.

Instructor: Professor Odile Cazenave

Forced Migration and Human Trafficking: Virtual Policy Incubator

CAS IR453 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS IR 653

TR 9:30-10:45  AM

WebReg Restricted Stamped Approval

Causes and impact of forced migration and human trafficking. Role of conflict and state formation; emergence of international human rights and domestic asylum laws; role of international organizations, private sector and security forces in both combating and enabling human trafficking.

Instructor: Professor Kaija Schilde

Islamophobia and Antisemitism

CAS RN249 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS JS 379

MWF 11:15-12:05  PM

Explores historical and contemporary manifestations of Islamophobia and antisemitism. Students are exposed to wide range of relevant written and visual texts as well as theoretical approaches. Includes active learning component and collaborative presentations by students. Effective Spring 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Ethical Reasoning, The Individual in Community, Teamwork/Collaboration.

Instructor: Professor Adam Seligman

Building a Democratic Society in the Middle East

CAS PO 330 (4 Credits) 

W 2:30-5:15 PM

The seminar will begin with the question what makes Israel the most controversial society in the world from its foundation in 1948, judging by the amount and nature of coverage it attracts in the media and discussion in international bodies such as the UN. It will explore the circumstances in which the State of Israel was founded and developed, and the character, as well as the record, of Israel as a democracy relative to other democracies, in particular the US. We shall ask how Israel measures to other societies as regards individual freedom, equality, popular sovereignty, and human rights – values universally considered core to a democracy. We shall pay particular attention to the reaction of the world to the pogrom of October 7, 2023, and the war it provoked.

Instructor: Professor Liah Greenfeld