Political Theory and Transitional Justice|
Spring 2018 not offered
|Certificates: Civic Engagement, International Relations, Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory|
|Course Cluster: African Studies, African Studies Minor|
Transitional justice refers to the variety of legal, political, and social processes that occur as a society rebuilds after war; it includes war crimes trials, truth commissions, and the creation of memorials. Although the term "transitional justice" is a recent one, the philosophical issues contained within it are at the core of political philosophy. What kind of society is best? What is the relationship between political institutions and human nature? What does justice mean? The purpose of this course is to understand the issues of transitional justice from both practical and philosophical perspectives and will include case studies of World War II, South African apartheid, and the genocide in Rwanda.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFST-MN)(GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)(GOVT-Theory)
Arendt, Hannah. EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM: A REPORT ON THE BANALITY OF EVIL
Krog, Antjie. COUNTRY OF MY SKULL: GUILT, SORROW, AND THE LIMITS OF FORGIVENESS IN THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA
Spiegelman, Art. MAUS I: A SURVIVOR'S TALE
Minow, Martha. BETWEEN VENGEANCE AND FORGIVENESS: FACING HISTORY AFTER GENOCIDE AND MASS VIOLENCE
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three papers (6-8 pages), midterm exam, debate.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
There is no prerequisite for this course, but it is strongly recommended that you have taken a course in philosophy or political/social theory.