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Legacies of War and Memory in World Politics


Admission requirements

Admission to the Master International Relations. Other students who are interested in this course, please contact the co-ordinator of studies.

Description and course objectives

How do individuals, communities, societies and states come to terms with atrocities in the aftermath of political violence and massive violation of human rights? Processes of suffering, remembering and forgetting need to be addressed from an international political dimension. This course examines the links between memory and trauma related to global conflict. It aims to give an understanding of the history of human rights, the emergence of transitional justice, and the uses of collective memory. It will also explore artistic and other types of representations of violent pasts during the second half of the twentieth century. We will address these issues through the discussion of books and articles that focus on Latin America (the cases of Guatemala, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, and Chile), Canada, Europe (especially Germany after the Holocaust), South Africa and Cambodia. Thus, we will also study different kinds of sources (memorials, drawings, photography, films, and graphic novels) with the aim of looking at the relationship between collective memories and representations of difficult pasts.


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Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load for this 10 EC course is 10 × 28 hours = 280 hours. See the course syllabus for a breakdown.

Assessment Method

See the course syllabus.


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


The resit for the final examined element is only available to students whose mark of the final examined element is insufficient.

Exam review

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.


Blackboard will be used for this course.

Reading list

See the course syllabus.


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Contact information

N. Rodriguez Idarraga