Genocide Studies - Legal and Historical Analysis of the Holocaust in the Visegrad Countries
Description of the Course
The course will examine the history of the Holocaust within a multi-contextual legal comparative approach in the Visegrad countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland. This interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary course incorporates impulses from legal history, as well as from the social sciences. It will revolve around four major subject matters. The first issue concerns the conditions and circumstances related to conceptualization of the Holocaust in the V4 legal systems. The second looks at what happened once genocide has been set into motion and closely examines the further historical course of events in the Visegrad countries. The third component looks at the consequences: what happened in different societies of the V4 countries after an episode of mass violence and genocide. The fourth concerns analyzing the mechanisms for the prevention and combating of genocide, as well as drawing lessons for the future in all four countries.
Upon successful completion, students are expected to independently and critically identify and analyse problems that are of central importance to the field of Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the V4 countries; actively monitor and make use of available research in this area; apply relevant theories on the background, nature and consequences of genocide and mass violence, to make comparisons within a local context of BIH; and finally, use the methodological skills that form the basis for the study of mass violence in a comparative perspective (across different regions). Finally, students will be able to actively participate in discussions; make summaries of current research in the field, as well as of their own work.
Language of instruction: BHS languages for host teachers, guest lecturers will deliver their lectures in English
ECTS credits: 2