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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, including criminal trials (domestic and international), truth commissions, lustration and art works. 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 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesUtilisation of presentation materials, completion of reading tasks, effective use of on-line learning tools, completion of written assessment, reflective participation in seminars.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in a postgraduate program offered by the School of Law, or must have permission of the Director of Programs or delegate


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

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Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed






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Other descriptionN/A

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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 analyse theories of justice in the context of societal breakdown using a range of evaluation tools
02. Reconceptualise justice mechanisms using case studies showing a profound understanding of the variety of reactions to atrocity and mass violence
03. Clearly and effectively communicate analyses of issues utilising a range of critical perspectives and disciplines
04. Demonstrate high level critical understanding of the domestic and international legal landscape in which justice and truth claims are made and tested.

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