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Genocide: African Experiences in Comparative Perspective

Course Description: 

Genocide as a major social and historical phenomenon, contextualized within African history. Time frame ranging from the extermination of indigenous Canary Islanders in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries to more recent mass killings in Rwanda and Darfur. Emphasis on southern African case studies such Cape San communities and the Herero people in Namibia. Themes include: roles of racism, colonialism and nationalism in the making of African genocides. Relevance of other social phenomena such as modernity, Social Darwinism, ethnicity, warfare and revolution. Comparative perspective to elucidate global dimensions.

Subject (Full): 
Overseas Studies in Cape Town
Academic Year: 
General Education Requirement(s): 
GER:DB-SocSci, GER:EC-GlobalCom, WAY-ED