Date of Graduation

Spring 5-28-2023

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Human Rights Education (HRE)


School of Education


International and Multicultural Education (IME)

First Advisor

Jessie Blundell

Second Advisor

Melissa Ann Canlas

Third Advisor

Melissa Ann Canlas


This paper presents a new approach to teaching the preconditions for genocide. Bringing together a number of theoretical insights from recent research, it focuses on the pedagogical value of a critical inclusive approach to genocide education. Such an approach incorporates persecuted groups commonly excluded from educational narratives, such as the experiences of homosexuals during the Holocaust. It also places genocide education within a wider framework focused on prevention and advocacy. Through utilizing a critical-inclusive approach to genocide education in the classroom, youth will be equipped with a stronger conception of genocide, genocidal ideologies, and measures that can be taken to contribute to genocide prevention. The paper provides practical guidance on adopting critical and inclusive approaches to genocide education. It highlights the need for professional development for high school educators, including a more process-based approach to understanding the development of risk of genocide. It also moves away from the study of a low number of paradigmatic cases of genocide to an approach that recognizes the recurrent nature of genocide in the modern world. A critical inclusive approach to genocide education offers a powerful new strategy to bring the latest research developments into the classroom.


The thesis is accompanied by a presentation. The presentation is a built out professional development including a case study where the research and findings are applied (Homosexual experiences of Genocide/the Holocaust).

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