The Most Feared Organisations in the 20th and 21st Century

There are many 20th and 21st century organisations which have been created to inflict terror on populations. These organisations include the East German Stasi, Cambodia’s Khymer Rouge, Mao’s Red Guards of the Cultural Revolution in China, the Nazi death squads of the SS Einsatzgruppen in World War II and some historians would argue, the CIA, the KGB and the Mossad. Not all terrorist groups are created as an arm of government, but rather are hunted and prosecuted by governments such as AL Qaeda and ISIS The organisations have much in common but the degree of resistance to the regimes of terror inflicted on populations can vary considerably.

This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.

SUGGESTED READING

  • Gerry van Tonden, SS Einsatzgruppen : Nazi Death, Pen and Sword, 2018
  • David Chandler, Voices from S21 : Terror and History in Pol Pot’s Secret Prison, Uni of Cal Press, 2000

COURSE OUTLINE

This course will discuss the following organisations: Khymer Rouge in Cambodia 1970s, Mao’s Red Guards in 1960s and 1970s, CIA in the USA, Nazi Germany’s Einsatzgruppen in WWII, East Germany’s STASI

  • What are the characteristics of organisations which instil fear in citizens and other organisations?
  • Who benefits from the actions of the feared organisations?
  • What do these organisations have in common and how are they different?
  • What feared groups are operating in 2021 and what are they trying to achieve?
  • Are there any safeguards against the actions of these organisations?

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Gain an understanding of the key characteristics of groups and organisations which create fear and loathing in different countries at different times.
  2. Assess the motives of the organisations and their relationships with governments or other organisations.
  3. Assess the factors which led to the successes and failures of the various organisations in different countries at different times.
$79 Limited / $71

<p>There are many 20th and 21st century organisations which have been created to inflict terror on populations. These organisations include the East German Stasi, Cambodia’s Khymer Rouge, Mao’s Red

...
16 Jun

Interested in this course but can't attend? Please join the waiting list by clicking .