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PPGA 591K Special Topics in Public Policy - TOPS PUBLIC PLCY

Offerings respond to current policy debates, topics of emerging interest, availability of visiting scholars, and interest in non-traditional courses incorporating practitioner expertise, interest in particular disciplinary perspectives missing from core courses and electives, and interest in specific regions or countries.

This course is not eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading.

Credits: 3

Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Comments
RestrictedPPGA 591K 001Web-Oriented Course2 Tue14:0017:00

This course is titled Transitional Justice. Limited seating might be available to Non-MPPGA students. Please contact the MPPGA program (

Transitional justice is a response to systematic and large-scale human rights abuses. Mechanisms and processes are designed to recognize and redress harms and to rewrite the social contract. Such mechanisms may include trials, reparations, truth commissions and inquiries, memorials and museums, and community-led processes. In this course, we begin with an overview of transitional justice as a field of practice and debates within it. What is violence? When is it? What is it to give testimony and to witness violence? What is truth? What is justice and who defines this? Who is a victim and what is the political economy of victimhood? Who is to be held accountable and for what? What is the scope of transitional justice mechanisms? Which mechanisms work and for whom? We examine these ques and ~

tions through case studies such as: The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Court; locally-led truth and justice processes; and, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.