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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

How do societies deal with atrocity and its aftermath? In this subject, students are introduced to the manifold ways in which societies have faced atrocities and mass violence, such as criminal trials (domestic and international), truth commissions, and through art. By examining a number of case studies from across the globe, students are invited to critically reflect of the difficulties in notions of truth, representation and justice. Focus is on both the theories and the practices of justice mechanisms with the aim of providing students with a well-grounded understanding of the precarious path to justice.

SchoolLa Trobe Law School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorMaria Elander

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesSeminar activities, assessments

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Complete 180 credit points of LAW or LCR or LST coded subjects


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Critically assess theories of justice in the context of societal breakdown
02. Critically evaluate the variety of reactions to atrocity and mass violence
03. Demonstrate critical understanding of the manifold justice mechanisms that have been used in responses to atrocities
04. Demonstrate high level of comprehension of case studies of the domestic and international landscapes in which claims of peace, truth and justice are made

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