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Clark University    
  Dec 17, 2017
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

PSYC 264 - Social and Cultural Psychology of Genocides

This seminar reviews social psychological theories on the psychology of genocide, addressing processes among victim, perpetrator, and bystander groups. Perspectives from cultural psychology that allow for a more contextualized understanding of the evolution of mass violence are also included. While most of the available literature has dealt with the Holocaust, we will also read and discuss the Armenian genocide; genocide in Cambodia, Rwanda, and Sudan; and other relevant contexts and events. In addition to discussing psychological processes and societal factors that enable the evolution of genocide, we will address topics such as rescuing behavior and resistance during genocide, propaganda and hate speech, and psychological reactions to extreme mass violence. The aftermath of genocide and questions of transnational justice will also be briefly touched on.

Prerequisites for this course require a grade of C- or better

This course fulfills the capstone requirement of the Psychology major.


Prerequisites: PSYC 101  and a First seminar (PSYC 236-259) or Instructor’s permission

Anticipated Terms Offered: Offered periodically