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Literature, Politics and Genocide in Cambodia

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Asian 2225

Three credit course, June 22 - July 31, 2020

Offered in a distance learning format.

Course Description
This course examines various literary, historical and political responses to the Cambodian genocide, particularly literary testimony by survivors and government efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice. The course considers the limited effectiveness of these responses for addressing the causes and effects of genocide despite the vow of "Never again."

To pursue these questions, students will read selections from novels and poetry written by Cambodian survivors, along with historical accounts of the genocide and analyses of attempts by the Cambodian government and the international community to bring the perpetrators to justice. The course is taught by Dr. George V. Chigas (M.A. from Cornell University, Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London). Dr. Chigas was previously the Associate Director of the Cambodian Genocide Program at Yale University. For more information, please contact him at

Course Structure
Students complete regular assignments using the web and submit homework via e-mail. Students will find additional support materials, and a discussion board at the course web site. A course packet with the required readings for the course (in English) will be available to students that have officially registered with the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions.

Course Requirements
The final grade is based on online threaded discussions (40%), a midterm paper (20%), and a final paper (40%). Each week, students are required to read lectures, complete assigned readings and participate in online discussions. Timely completion of assigned lectures and readings are a prerequisite to participation in the online discussions.

Credit Options and Tuition
The course is a three-credit course and can be taken for letter grade only. Tuition is $4,380.

Students must register online through the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. For more information please contact SCESS at