Holocaust and Genocide Studies (History)
The one-year Master's programme Holocaust and Genocide Studies explores 20th-century genocides from the vantage point of different disciplines.
Understanding the Unthinkable
Genocide and mass atrocities are often presented in a way that makes violence seem inexplicable, thus inexorable. Similarly perpetrators are portrayed as being actors motivated solely by an irrational hatred. And yet, genocide is a recurrent and contemporary historical dilemma. How can we explain this discrepancy? In our programme we seek to demystify genocide by taking an interdisciplinary, scholarly approach to understanding genocide and mass atrocities.
Studying Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University of Amsterdam
Key features of the Master's programme Holocaust and Genocide Studies:
- The curriculum focuses on genocide and mass atrocities in the 20th century, encompassing the Holocaust, the Rwandan Genocide, the Armenian Genocide, Cambodia, and other contemporary cases.
- Our engagement with genocide is wide-ranging from the causes of genocide, to representations of genocide in the arts, to transitional justice following mass atrocities.
- Our student body is increasingly international.
- The programme is a collaboration between the University of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies. This integration of the programme with a well-established (more than 70 years old) research and archival centre makes the programme unique. Students will have access to a specialised library of war, Holocaust, and genocide studies, as well as the potential draw the more than 2,500 metres of archival materials managed by the NIOD, and the expertise of NIOD researchers. NIOD archivists are also currently involved in archiving projects relating to the Gacaca Archives in Rwanda, and the ICTY archives.
- The context of the Netherlands offers our students several advantages including the opportunity to visit genocide-related sites, as well as the international criminal tribunals in The Hague.
Holocaust and Genocide Studies is an accredited degree programme of History. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in History and the title Master of Arts (MA).
- Degree programme
- MA History
- Regular study programme
- Full-time, part-time
- 60 ECTS, 12 months
- Language of instruction
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