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Semester 1

Criminologies of Atrocity (LAWS10218)







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**This course is only open to visiting students coming through a direct exchange with the School of Law (including Erasmus students on a Law-specific Exchange). Exchange students outside of Law and independent study abroad students are not eligible to enrol in this course, with no exceptions.** Please note that 3rd year Law courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces. These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces. If there is sufficient space for other visiting students to enrol at the start of the semester, visiting students must have completed at least 3 Law courses - INCLUDING a course covering criminology, history, international law, politics or sociology - at grade B or above to qualify for this course; we will only consider University/College level courses.

Course Summary

The course will introduce students to scholarship in and beyond criminology on atrocity crimes, which include war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. The first section of the course surveys the scholarship in criminology and a wider set of disciplines, and in relation to perpetrators and victims of atrocity. The second, short, section looks at the legal context of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the historical context of the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s. The remainder of the course develops a framework for further development of these approaches and issues through applied research on atrocity crimes in the former Yugoslavia. This section will include: a methodological session on using judicial sources as data; a methods session on using computer assisted qualitative data analysis software; and two workshop sessions linked to the final assessment. Ultimately, this will equip students to conduct their own original analysis of data relating to atrocities, by utilising theory to interrogate empirical evidence.

Course Description

1. Atrocity and criminology; 2. Atrocity beyond criminology; 3. Perpetrators and atrocity; 4. Victims and atrocity; 5. International Justice and atrocity; 6. The Yugoslav wars and atrocity; 7. Methodology: testimony as data; 8. Methods: Computer Assisted Quantitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) and coding; 9. Workshop: Formulating questions and case selection; 10. Workshop: Developing codes and coding transcripts.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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