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The aim of this learning project (or set of projects) is to study the social psychology of human beings in the context of genocide, including its causes, consequences, and what can be done to prevent or minimise mass killing of human ethnic groups by other human groups.

Nyamata Memorial Site, skulls. Nyamata, Rwanda.
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What is genocide?[edit]

Have a go at defining genocide and consider the issues involved in coming up with a definition. Did you know that the term only came into existence in 1944?

Socio-psychological factors[edit]

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Add more socio-psychological factors which are involved in and particularly which contribute to genocide. If one interests you, then write some more here (or on the linked pages) about it and how it connects with genocide:

Stages of genocide[edit]

One way of understanding how and why genocide occurs is to view it as evolving through a series of socio-cultural stages. Add a table of these here for further discussion and consideration (the table can be copied from the Wikipedia link below).

See also[edit]


  1. Baum, S. K. (2004). A bell curve of hate? Journal of Genocide Research, 6, 567-577.
  2. Staub, E. (2006). Reconciliation after genocide, mass killing, or intractable conflict: Understanding the roots of violence, psychological recovery, and steps toward a general theory. Political Psychology, 27, 867-894.
  3. Woolf, L. M. & Hulsizer, M. R. (2005). Psychosocial roots of genocide: Risk, prevention, and intervention. Journal of Genocide Research, 7, 101-128.