Crimes against Humanity (Spr) (L5103B)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Why are human beings capable of extreme forms of cruelty and violence? This module engages with this question and provides you with an in-depth philosophical and criminological analysis. Crimes against humanity have only recently caught the attention of criminologists and the aim of this module is to provide you with in-depth information on the origins and dynamics of such crimes. The module discusses the work of influential social theorists, criminologists, psychoanalysts and philosophers who have focused on understanding the particularly vicious and atrocious ways human beings have treated one another. Each week will introduce a key text that specifically reflects on why people are capable of participating in these atrocities and that contemplate the driving force of aggression, conflict, violence and genocide. The lectures cover a variety of perspectives and these different approaches will be discussed in relation to particular case studies of mass atrocity. During this module you will be introduced to philosophically inspired reflections about such crimes.


33%: Lecture
67%: Seminar


100%: Coursework (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 300 hours of work. This breaks down into 33 hours of contact time and 267 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.