January 2015
    Law No.: LAW7726
    Sched. No.: 115110030

Learning from the Holocaust: Law, History & Responsibility (SC)
Section 1
Barzun, Charles L.
Priel, Dan

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):MTWRF, 0930-1200 (WB114)
Capacity:15 **This information is current as of 05/22/2015 06:14:34 AM**
Current Enrollment:8 **This information is current as of 05/22/2015 06:14:34 AM**

Course Description:

This January term course meets Monday-Friday, January 12-16.

The Holocaust seems to stand alone as the single greatest moral and political calamity in human history. However, even if the Holocaust was, in some sense, sui generis, its impact on various legal and philosophical debates continues to this day. In this course, we will take up a few of the questions at the center of such debates, including: Was the regime of the Third Reich a “legal” one? How does our answer to that question bear on whether a “legal” response to its atrocities – and to those who participated in them – was called for? Was Hannah Arendt right that the evil of the Nazis was ultimately “banal”? What do later generations owe to the survivors or their descendants? Are legal reparations appropriate? Do victims of the Holocaust, or perhaps the historical facts themselves, require protection in the form of speech regulations? Although the holocaust itself initially gave rise to many of these questions, we will consider them in other, more recent contexts as well. Students will write a 3000 word paper on one or more of these or related questions. The papers may focus on the Holocaust specifically or take up the questions in a different context or in a more general form.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Attendance at all class sessions is expected
COURSE REQUIREMENT: 3000 word paper