Mar 31, 2023  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23
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POLS 4555 - Transitional Justice

Focused study of the emerging field of transitional justice, from war crimes tribunals and truth commissions to official apologies and reparations. Examines key challenges, such as: how uncovering truth should be balanced with providing justice; whether strategies focused on individual rights and criminal responsibility can alleviate social and economic injustices; and whether conflicting identities should be forgotten or transcended. Incorporates discussion of theoretical frameworks for addressing distributional conflicts, the politics of identity, and the politics of memory.

Credit Hours: 3
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Analyze the roles of identity collective memory in specific cases of transitional justice.
  • Assess the contributions of various actors–including states, civil society organizations, and individuals–in the practice of transitional justice.
  • Assess the various strategies available for achieving transitional justice.
  • Conduct and present independent research on a specific case in transitional justice.
  • Describe the historical origins of, and rationales for, the practice of transitional justice in conflicted societies.

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