FYS 101 Genocide and Human Rights

This course analyzes the history and present discourse of genocide and contemporary notions of human rights.
It explores the context of atrocities against the Armenians, ethnic minorities and political dissidents in the Soviet Union,
Europe’s Jews, Rwanda’s Tutsi population, and the perceived enemies of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Furthermore,
it assesses when the term "genocide" should be employed and its strengths and weaknesses as a rallying point for
human rights. The course utilizes the writings and perspectives of historians, journalists, political scientists, political
activists, and literary figures.