The Holocaust

CAS JS 260 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS RN 384

TR 3:30-4:45 PM

Rise of German (and European) antisemitism; rise of Nazism; 1935 Nuremberg Laws; the initial Jewish reaction; racial theory; organizing mass murder including ghettos, concentration camps, killing squads, and gas chambers; bystanders and collaborators (countries, organizations, and individuals); Jewish resistance; post-Holocaust religious responses; moral and ethical issues. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Ethical Reasoning, Historical Consciousness, Critical Thinking.

Instructor: Professor Steven T. Katz 

The Holocaust Through Film

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

TR 11-12:15 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 Nancy Harrowitz

Representations of the Holocaust in Literature and Film

CAS JS 261 (4 Credits) Mts w/ CAS XL 281, RN 685, COM CI 269, STH TX 899

A1: TR 11-12:15 PM B1: TR 3:30-4:45 PM

How can we understand the impact of the Holocaust and its ongoing legacies? Holocaust representation in literature, film and memorials, including discussions of bystander complicity and societal responsibilities, testimonial and fictive works by Wiesel and Levi, documentaries and feature films. Effective Fall 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Ethical Reasoning, Historical Consciousness.

Instructor: Professor Alissa Valles 

History of Genocide

CAS HI 384 (4 Credits) 

TR 2:00-3:15 PM

History and comparative analysis of genocidal mass murder with focus on the twentieth century. Hereros, Armenians, holomodor, Holocaust, Cambodia, Rwanda, Darfur. Attention to political leaders, state ideology, dehumanization of victim groups, geopolitical competition, war, empire building and decline.

Instructor: Professor Simon Payaslian

Rwanda: Genocide and its Legacies

CAS PO 580 (4 Credits) 

T 12:30-3:15 PM

Explores the factors that led to the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda, how Rwanda compares to other cases of genocide and extreme violence, and the efforts in post-genocide Rwanda to rebuild, pursue justice, and promote reconciliation.

Instructor: Professor Timothy Longman

Nazis, Jews, and Art

CAS HI 500 (4 Credits) 

W 2:30-5:15 PM

Explores racist theory and practice from antiquity to contemporary Europe, from lineage and confession to ethnicity and biology. Focuses on the discourses of religion, empire, civilization, freedom, and nationalism legitimating conquest and persecution.

Instructor: Professor Charles Dellheim