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HSTY2652: Genocide in Historical Perspective

Semester 1, 2023 [Normal day] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Under what conditions do genocides occur What motivates their perpetrators And how do societies recover from their genocidal past This unit traces the history of genocide across the modern era. We will compare incidents around the globe and their aftermaths to determine how they may be related to one another.

Unit details and rules

Unit code HSTY2652
Academic unit History
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in History or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Jewish Civilisation Thought and Culture
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Marco Duranti,
Lecturer(s) Marco Duranti,
Tutor(s) Marco Duranti,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Participation hurdle task Tutorial participation and discussion posts
10% - n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3 LO2
Assignment hurdle task Take-home exam
30% Formal exam period
Due date: 05 Jun 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 05 Jun 2023
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3
Assignment hurdle task Essay draft
20% Week 06
Due date: 31 Mar 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 31 Mar 2023
1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3
Assignment hurdle task Research essay
40% Week 12
Due date: 19 May 2023 at 23:59

Closing date: 19 May 2023
2000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO3
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Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

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Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

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WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Introduction to key concepts and topics Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 02 Raphael Lemkin and the UN Genocide Convention Tutorial (1 hr)  
Origins of the concept of genocide Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 03 Genocide in Ukraine Tutorial (1 hr)  
Genocide in the Ottoman Empire Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 04 The Armenian genocide Tutorial (1 hr)  
Holocaust Testimony Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 05 Perpetrating the Holocaust Tutorial (1 hr)  
Holocaust Historiography Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 06 Surviving the Holocaust Tutorial (1 hr)  
Communist genocide in Asia and Europe Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 07 The Cambodian genocide Tutorial (1 hr)  
Colonial and postcolonial genocide in Africa Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 08 The Rwandan genocide Tutorial (1 hr)  
Preventing genocide Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 09 Truth and reconciliation in post-genocide Rwanda Tutorial (1 hr)  
Genocide in Former Yugoslavia Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 10 The Yugoslav Wars Tutorial (1 hr)  
Colonialism and Genocide in Australia Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 11 Frontier violence in colonial Australia Tutorial (1 hr)  
Child removal and collective trauma in Australia Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 12 The Stolen Generations Tutorial (1 hr)  
Genocide in the Australian media Lecture (2 hr)  
Week 13 Cultural genocide in Australia Tutorial (1 hr)  
Conclusion and exam review Lecture (2 hr)  

Attendance and class requirements

Weekly attendance is required in lectures and tutorials, unless specified otherwise.

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

See Canvas site for weekly readings, as well as supplementary textbook chapters, videos, and research resources.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand genocide in historical and comparative terms; identify the factors that contribute to genocide
  • LO2. identify problems in Australia and the world that contribute to difficulties preventing, intervening, and reconciling cases of genocides
  • LO3. develop skills in the critical analysis of social and political history, as well as first-hand accounts of genocide; identify the central issues in a piece of historical prose; critically assess an author's bias or interpretive schema; articulate your ideas on genocide in verbal and written form

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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