- 2018



Commencement year

This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2018 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook.

Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the component of any bachelors double degrees.

Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.

Managing faculty

Faculty of Arts

Offered by

Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation

School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies


Dr Noah Shenker

Contact details

Holocaust and genocide studiesHolocaust and genocide studies (http://future.arts.monash.edu/ug-holocaust-genocide/)


Caulfield Clayton

The twentieth century has been called 'the century of genocide' but genocidal violence has continued unabated into the new millennium. This minor asks students to reflect upon why genocides take place and how people come to participate in mass violence. It promotes the study of the Holocaust and its relationship to the broader phenomenon of genocide and mass killing in history. Issues covered on the Holocaust include anti-Semitism, the Nazi state, ghettos and death camps, and the responses of victims, perpetrators and bystanders. Students examine the Holocaust as a symbol of the modern condition, its uniqueness and relationship to other forms of violence and genocide.

This minor also challenges students to grapple with the histories of other genocide beyond the Holocaust, including such case studies as Armenia, Cambodia, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and Darfur, as well as questions pertaining to Indigenous populations of the Americas, Africa and Australia, among others. Themes studied across all genocides include trauma and testimony, the limits of representation, the survivor experience across generations and cultures, the role of the law in adjudicating war crimes, media coverage of atrocity, and the failure to prevent genocide.

This minor presents strong overseas unit offerings that enable students to integrate their academic inquiry in Australia with intensive on-site study and hands-on practical work in places including Rwanda and South Africa, as well as European sites of life and destruction associated with the Holocaust.


Holocaust and genocide studies is listed in A2000 Bachelor of Arts at Caulfield and Clayton as a minor.

It is available to students who have completed at least two gateway units in Arts.


Minor requirements (24 points)

This minor is available to students who have completed at least two gateway units in Arts.

Students complete:

  1. Two level 2 cornerstone unitscornerstone units (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2018handbooks/undergrad/arts-08.html) (12 points):
  2. Two units (12 points) from the elective list with at least one at level 3.

Elective list

Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

  • ATS2299Not offered in 2018 Getting the picture: Film, photography and social change
  • ATS2595 The rise and fall of Nazi Germany
  • ATS2640 The ethics of global conflict
  • ATS2875 The moral psychology of evil
  • ATS3129 Arts internship (12 points)
  • ATS3130 Arts international internship (12 points)
  • ATS3284 Final journey: Remembering the Holocaust
  • ATS3314Not offered in 2018 Seeking justice: South Africa and Rwanda
  • ATS3583Not offered in 2018 History and film: Nazi Germany and the Jewish Holocaust
  • ATS3623 Nationality, ethnicity and conflict
  • ATS3632 Post-conflict: Justice, memory, reconciliation
  • ATS3955Not offered in 2018 Writing destruction: Literature of war
  • ATS3956 Trauma and memory in the modern world

Relevant courses


Single degrees

Successful completion of the minor can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the following single degree:

Students in other single bachelor's degrees may be eligible to complete the minor by using 24 points of their free electives.

Double degrees

Successful completion of the minor can be counted towards meeting the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts component in the following double degrees:

  • A2005 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Art
  • A2004 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music
  • B2019 Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2012 Bachelor of Business Specialist and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2020 Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
  • B2024 Bachelor of Commerce Specialist and Bachelor of Arts
  • D3002 Bachelor of Education (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • E3002 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • C2002 Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Arts
  • L3003 Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts
  • S2006 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts