Interpretations of Issues in International Criminal Law (SD 491)


This 2-credit course will explore interpretations and representations of International Criminal Law issues using the lens of popular culture, particularly film. We will also analyze international criminal law issues arising from one memoir: Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. Issues to be explored include historical and contemporary international criminal tribunals as well as the international crimes of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and torture. Each student will be required to research a topic, provide materials to the class analyzing the issue, and lead the discussion of the issue in relation to the film. Each student will also write a reaction paper, discussing the accuracy and effectiveness of the representation of the international criminal law issue. Note: we will meet in a three-hour block of time given the material. You are expected to be available for the entire block of time. This course will be graded non-anonymously Honors/Credit/Low Pass/No Credit.


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