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Unit of Study LAW10206 - The Holocaust, Genocide and the Law (2016)

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  • Pre-requisites

      Any 8 Units at Tertiary level

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Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 identify the legal lessons learned from the Holocaust, including the disparate sets of rules created in the aftermath of World War II at both: a) the international law level and b) the level of domestic law of nations, all with the aim of using law as a means of preventing the repeat of the horrors committed during World War II
2 recognise how a sophisticated and enlightened legal system can be corrupted by a dictatorial regime, so that the law can become an instrument of repression, and understand what lessons for lawyers can be learned from the Nazi experience
3 assess the capabilities of the law and its legal actors - lawyers, judges, prosecutors - to become instruments either for vindication of individual human rights or for repression of such rights
4 analyse contemporary issues such as Holocaust denial, Holocaust and the internet, and Holocaust restitution
5 evaluate the utility of the formation by the international community of ad hoc international criminal tribunals, and the permanent International Criminal Court as a means for: a) punishing wrongdoers of international crimes and b) deterring potential perpetrators from committing similar crimes, and
6 demonstrate their skills in conducting research in the field of Holocaust, Genocide and the Law and in the written presentation of research and argument.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify the legal lessons learned from the Holocaust, including the disparate sets of rules created in the aftermath of World War II at both: a) the international law level and b) the level of domestic law of nations, all with the aim of using law as a means of preventing the repeat of the horrors committed during World War II
    • GA4:
  2. recognise how a sophisticated and enlightened legal system can be corrupted by a dictatorial regime, so that the law can become an instrument of repression, and understand what lessons for lawyers can be learned from the Nazi experience
    • GA4:
  3. assess the capabilities of the law and its legal actors - lawyers, judges, prosecutors - to become instruments either for vindication of individual human rights or for repression of such rights
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. analyse contemporary issues such as Holocaust denial, Holocaust and the internet, and Holocaust restitution
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. evaluate the utility of the formation by the international community of ad hoc international criminal tribunals, and the permanent International Criminal Court as a means for: a) punishing wrongdoers of international crimes and b) deterring potential perpetrators from committing similar crimes, and
    • GA4:
  6. demonstrate their skills in conducting research in the field of Holocaust, Genocide and the Law and in the written presentation of research and argument.
    • GA4:
    • GA6: