Conflict and Peace

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Conflict and Peace
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146: TR 8:00-9:15AM
Fall 2017
Global Issues

In the 20th century, over 170 million men, women, and children died globally in recognized genocides as compared to approximately 36 million battle-dead. This course provides the historical and theoretical background necessary to formulate well-grounded opinions on the matter and inevitability of genocide. Using a strong multidisciplinary perspective, we explore relevant and fundamental concepts to genocide. Then we will compare the cultural, historical, and economic roots of a group of genocides that have occurred around the world. From our evaluations we will analyze the relevant issues from multiple perspectives. We will consider genocides’ aftermath and how the world responds to the victims and perpetrators. Finally, we will discuss the risk of genocides today and in the future and look at what responsibilities we as global citizens can do to avoid further genocide and foster a culture of tolerance and social responsibility. The course is discussion based.


Amy C. Hudnall, M.A., was educated in History (MA) and History and German Studies (BA) at Appalachian
State University, including studies at the Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Germany. She is the coordinator of Peace Studies for the Center of Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies at ASU as well as alecturer in the History Dept. and Global Studies program. Hudnall is a founding member of the TRANSCEND-USA Consortium, a network of university peace programs and a member of thetransdisciplinary Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies network. Hudnall’s work focuses on key aspects of genocide, in particular captivity trauma, human rights, secondary trauma, cultural relativism, and cross-cultural conflict. She has written numerous articles and book chapters as well as presenting, with her colleagues, at multiple venues, including, UNESCO, Paris; Kampala, Uganda; Amman, Jordan; Berlin, Germany; San Jose, Costa Rica; and across the United States and Canada.

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The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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