Lower Dauphin School District
Course Title: Social Justice & Genocide Studies Subject: Social Studies Grade Level(s): 9-12
Synopsis of Curriculum
The Social Justice and Genocide Studies course provides students with an overview of some historical and 20th Century world events that are focused on the paradigm of good vs. evil of individuals, groups, and nations. It will establish a psycho-social, historical, and cultural framework that enables students to examine case studies of social justice, genocide, and mass violence on six of the seven continents. The Holocaust in Europe, as well as the genocides in Turkey, Cambodia, the Americas, Rwanda, China, and North Korea are some of the case studies that illuminate the mass violence, torture, killing of humans and destruction of their ways of life. Students will examine why and how some people perpetrate evil (genocide, mass violence), are apathetic bystanders, or take a stand for social justice.
Students will learn an overview of the social justice theory, its practices, and then examine case studies of historic and 20th Century genocide and mass violence. They will also learn about risk, prevention, intervention, and accountability so they may get involved.
Morality: Good, Evil, and Apathy
Historic American Case Studies: Failures of Social Justice
20th Century Global Case Studies: Failures of Social Justice
Lessons Learned and New Questions: Promise and Potential of Social Justice