Conflict and Peace: Understanding Genocide in the 20th Century

Amy Hudnall
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MW 12:30-1:45 pm and MW 2:00-3:15 pm
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In the 20th century, over 170 million men, women, and children died 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. We explore relevant and fundamental concepts to genocide. Then we will compare the cultural, historical, and economic roots of a group of genocides and events particular to each. 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 may have in ending genocide. The course is discussion based.


  1. Prepare, with a group, a genocide case study. This is a research paper & presentation
  2. Maintain a personal journal that links the readings and class discussions to outside events, other class topics, etc.
  3. Choose, as a class, one activist service-learning project on which to be involved.

Contact FYS

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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