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Offered Year-Round and Open Only to Third-Years

(Like other Seminars in Ethical Values, this course meets five times a year, in the evenings, at the instructor's home.)

An Enhanced Version of the COD (with links to descriptions of the materials)

Some Materials on War Crimes (Assembled for a Different Course)

SEMINAR IN ETHICAL VALUES (LAW5 706) (Seminar), Mr. Setear, Credits: 1

This seminar will examine the large-scale war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Nazi Germany during World War II, and by various parties in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. We will focus on three questions of history, law, and ethics. First, who committed these crimes? Second, why didn’t anyone stop them? And finally, is it useful (or morally necessary) to hold war-crimes trials afterwards? We will read Nuremberg: Infamy on Trial, by Joseph E. Persico; Legalism: Law, Morals, and Political Trials, by Judith N. Shklar; a variety of articles summarizing and debating Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust, by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen; either Hearts Grown Brutal: Sagas of Sarajevo by Roger Cohen, or Blood and Vengeance: One Family’s Story of the War in Bosnia, by Chuck Sudetic; and Slaughterhouse: Bosnia and the Failure of the West, by David Rieff.