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 the Master's programme Holocaust and Genocide Studies, we seek to demystify genocide by taking an interdisciplinary, scholarly approach to understanding genocide and mass atrocities.
Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the UvA
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.
- Wide-ranging engagement with genocide, from the causes to representations in the arts and transitional justice following mass atrocities.
- An international student body.
- 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.
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. You 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.
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).
After completing the Master's programme, students will have obtained knowledge and an understanding of the origins and development of genocidal processes, as well as their aftermath: how societies deal with the consequences of mass murder and genocide, and the moral and political implications. In light of society's increasing interest in this subject, this specialisation will give you better career prospects than you would have with only a Bachelor's degree. Historians can find employment in politics, journalism, at an NGO, at an international court of justice, at a library archive, in a museum or a publishing house. An increasing number of historians are also working in government and the private sector.
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