The Holocaust

CAS RN 384 (4 Credits) 

TR 12:30-1:45pm

Rise of German (and European) antisemitism; the 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. BU Hub areas: Ethical Reasoning, Historical Consciousness, Critical Thinking.

Instructor: Professor Steven Katz

The Prevention of Genocide

CAS HI 543/IR 437 (4 Credits)

M 2:00-5:15pm

Examines various approaches to and challenges in the prevention of genocide, including the ability of existing international institutions to develop early warning systems. Evaluation of the effectiveness of unilateral military action and multilateral options at the UN and regional levels to stop genocide.

Instructor: Professor Simon Payaslian

International Human Rights: Applying Human Rights in Africa

CAS IR 352/PO 378 (4 Credits)

TR 11:00-12:15pm

Studies the growing international influence on politics of human rights principles, documents, and organizations, drawing especially on African cases such as Congo, Zimbabwe, and Sudan. The class explores the relationship between civil and political rights and economic, social, and culture rights. We consider debates over claims of universality vs. cultural relativism, individual vs. group rights, and ways to improve human rights enforcement well respecting local cultures. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Ethical Reasoning, Teamwork/Collaboration.

Instructor: Professor Timothy Longman

Seminar on the Holocaust

CAS RN 460/STH TX 805 (4 Credits)

TR 9:30-10:45pm

This course will examine historical, ethical, and religious issues arising from the Holocaust. We will discuss antisemitism and ideology; what communities were considered “other”; human motivation regarding collaborators, perpetrators, and bystanders; the role of individuals, organizations, and governments; the treatment of women; the ethics of resistance; the behavior of the Jewish Councils; and attitudes to the existence of God during and after the Holocaust. We will also compare the Holocaust to contemporary crises now occurring around the world. Effective Spring 2021, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Oral and/or Signed Communication, Ethical Reasoning, Historical Consciousness.

Instructor: Professor Steven Katz

The Holocaust Through Film 

CAS XL 387 (4 Credits) 

TR 11-12:15pm

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

Comparative European Fascism

CAS HI 430 (4 Credits) 

W 2:30-5:15pm

Analyzes fascism as a political and social movement in Mussolini’s Italy, Hitler’s Germany, and beyond. Emphasizes the creation of popular dictatorships through propaganda, repression, and racism, and ends with the fascist attempt to remake Europe through violence and genocide.

Instructor: Professor Jonathan Zatlin

The African Diaspora in the Americas

CAS HI 489/AA 489 (4 Credits)

W 2:30-5:15pm

History of peoples of African descent in the Americas after the end of slavery from an international framework. Examines the development of racial categories, the emergence of national identities in wake of the wars of independence, diverse Black communities in the twentieth century. Also offered as CAS AA 489.

Instructor: Professor Linda Heywood

Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism

CAS RN 249 (4 Credits)

MWF 12:20-1:10pm

Explores historical and contemporary manifestations of Islamophobia and antisemitism. Students are exposed to a 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

Political Systems of Southern Africa

CAS PO 572 (4 Credits) 

TR 2:00-3:15pm

Examines politics in Southern Africa focusing on issues of race and ethnicity, economic development and inequality, and struggles over authoritarianism, democratization, and human rights. Explores the legacies of apartheid, racial discrimination, and war, and the politics of memory and transitional justice.

Instructor: Professor Timothy Longman