Syllabus for the course

Message from Director

Dear students,

It is the matter of genuine satisfaction to launch this course. This is a step by step guided course in genocide and atrocities studies. This course is the first attempt in this direction in our country.

United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was adopted on 9 December 1948. Genocide is the crime of crimes but the awareness of this crime is at its lowest ebb in our country. This lack of awareness inhibits the use of the word “Genocide” even in the situations where it should be applied. The Post-Graduate Diploma in Genocide studies that you intend to join is aimed at creating this awareness. Besides this interdisciplinary course will sharpen your analytical and comprehension faculties.

The work of the students begins after they have completed this course. Out they go, in the society, with a point of view about the crime of genocide. Their duty is not only to spread awareness among the people but also to be alert about the communities and the people who may show the symptoms of being potential perpetrators.  Not only this the students have to make it clear to the communities in which they live that genocides can be stopped only when the perpetrators are punished through a proper legal process. Counter genocide has never been the remedy. It only propagates genocide.

May your study transform your whole being into the propagators of world peace. May your whole existence be the manifestation of the universal Mantra that stands against genocide—”Never again!”


Dr. Dileep Kumar Kaul
Jonaraja Institute of Genocide and Atrocities Studies

Crash Course:
Exploring Genocide & Atrocities in our world through the prism of Indic perspective

Week 1: Introduction to Genocide and Atrocities
Definition and understanding of genocide and atrocities
Examples of genocide and atrocities in history
Why study genocide and atrocities?

Week 2: The History of Genocide and Atrocities
Historical overview of genocide and atrocities in the world
The Armenian Genocide
The Holocaust
The Kashmiri Pandit Genocide

Week 3: Understanding Prejudice and Persecution
The impact of prejudice and persecution on societyRacism, sexism, and other forms of intolerance
Case studies of prejudice and persecution leading to genocide and atrocities

Week 4: Preventing Genocide and Atrocities
The role of education in preventing genocide and atrocities
The importance of human rights and social justice
The role of state and international organizations in preventing genocide and atrocities

Week 5: Responding to Genocide and Atrocities
The challenges of responding to genocide and atrocities
The importance of accountability and justice
Case studies of post-genocide reconciliation and rebuilding

Week 6: Taking Action Against Genocide and Atrocities
Ways that individuals can take action to prevent and respond to genocide and atrocities
Advocacy and activism for human rights and social justice
Personal action plans for preventing genocide and atrocities in our world


Course Overview:
This 6-week course is designed to introduce young students to the concept of genocide and atrocities as propounded by Jonaraja , Lemkin and other contemporary scholars . Through this course, students will learn about the history of genocide and the factors that lead to it, including prejudice, and persecution.The course will also discuss ways to prevent and respond to genocide and other forms of violence in our world.

Course Goals:

  • Introduce students to the concept of genocide and atrocities
  • Understand the history and causes of genocide and atrocities
  • Encourage students to think critically about prejudice, intolerance and persecution.
  • Explore ways to prevent and respond to genocide and other forms of violence

Recommended Texts:

Rajtarangini by Jonaraja 

Power, Samantha. A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide. HarperCollins, 2002.

Morris, Benny. The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited. Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Kuper, Leo. Genocide: Its Political Use in the Twentieth Century. Penguin Books, 1982.

Chalk, Frank and Kurt Jonassohn. The History and Sociology of Genocide: Analyses and Case Studies. Yale University Press, 1990.

Jones, Adam. Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction. Routledge, 2017.

Note: The readings may be adjusted as per the level of students and the available resources. Additionally, the weekly reflection papers can be adjusted to fit the age group of the students.

PG Diploma Course Syllabus

  • Raphael Lemkin’s Definition

  • United Nations’s Definition

  • Jonaraja’s Definition
  • Agents of Genocide
  • Victims of Genocide
  • Goals of the Genocide
  • Scale of the Genocide
  • Strategies for the Genocide
  • Intent of Genocide.
  • Theories of Ethnic Conflict

  • Theories of Genocide

  • The issue of Intent

  • Diplomatic (International Relations) Methodology

  • Gendered Study of Genocide

  • Sociological Methodology

  • 4 more methodologies

15+ More Modules in the course.

After completing the course PG Diploma will be awarded by Genocide Research Institute United Kingdom from India’s First Institute of Genocide & Atrocities Studies