Conflict and Culture: Literature, Law, and Human Rights
Not offered in 2013-14
Office: Kingston Hall 406
Office hours: TBA
An examination of international discourses on conflict and resolution, including theories of reconciliation, human rights, and international law, as portrayed in various media (fiction, theatre and film) and diverse cultural contexts (e.g. ancient Greece, Germany, South Africa and Canada).
Course Objectives: to…
- ask how cultural expressions such as fiction, theatre and film can inform our understanding of conflict and resolution, human rights, and international law;
- ask how juridical and quasi-juridical processes and documents, such as testimony, court proceedings, and legal texts, can be interpreted using the tools of cultural analysis;
- investigate the fictional construction of law and justice in texts from ancient Greece to the present;
- ask how cultural/fictional representations of War Crimes Trials and Truth and Reconciliation Commissions can contribute to restorative and transitional justice processes;
- enhance students’ skills in critical thinking, analysis and interpretation, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural methodology, oral and written communication, group interaction, etc.
Reference: C. Susan Fostaty Young, Robert J. Wilson Assessment and Learning: The ICE Approach. Winnipeg: Portage & Main Press