Genocide: African Experiences

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Genocide: African Experiences

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    American Studies, History

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    At least 2 courses at 1000-level and 2 courses at 2000-level in historical, cultural studies or social science offered by the Faculty of Humanities, or by permission of the Head of Department.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    7 - 8
  • Overview

    Third year, first semester course, up to three lectures per week, at least eight tutorials.

    Major themes include the roles of racism, colonialism and nationalism in the making of African genocides. The main case studies covered by the course are the extermination of the indigenous peoples of the Canary Islands in the 13th and 14th centuries by Spanish invaders, the destruction of Cape San societies in the 18th and 19th
    centuries, the annihilation of Herero society by German forces in the early 20th century, the Rwandan Genocide and the recent mass killings in Darfur. Besides reflecting on the concept of genocide and contending theoretical approaches to the subject, the course will also introduce a comparative perspective by examining some of the global dimensions of the phenomenon.

    Assessment: A class test counts for 20%; a long essay based on primary sources or of a historiographical nature counts for 30%; and a written examination counts for the remaining 50%.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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