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  • Genocide in the 20th Century

Genocide in the 20th Century

Key information
Cost $15/student, teachers free Duration 3 hours Curriculum links Stage 5 History, Depth Study 6: School-developed Topic
Stage 6 HSC Legal Studies, Core Study – Human Rights; Option 7: World Order
The program includes 1 hour Holocaust survivor talk
1 hour guided, or semi-guided tour
1 hour workshop with a Museum Educator
About the program:

Students will have the opportunity to explore the concept of genocide and its impact on the modern world through examples drawn from the 20th century. In a facilitated workshop students will develop an understanding of the origins of the legal definition of genocide and the debates surrounding this definition. Focus will be placed on the early stages of genocide, particularly the segregation, marginalisation, and dehumanisation of victim groups.

Students will be encouraged to explore the moral dilemmas of victims and bystanders. Students will also gain an insight into the impact of such atrocities on the survivors of genocide through the experience of hearing Holocaust survivor testimony and a Museum tour.

If there is a particular case of genocide that you would like your educator to cover in addition to the Holocaust, please inform us at the time of booking.

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Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not able to process bookings online. To book, please contact our bookings team at booking@sjm.com.au or phone (02) 9360 7999.

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Plan your visit

On the day

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your program start time and assemble students across the road from the museum in Green Park.
  • Please send a member of staff to the main museum entrance to let us know you have arrived and our education team will come to greet you.
  • Students will enter via the main museum entrance on Darlinghurst Road.
  • Note that the museum has a substantial security presence. Your group may be asked to consent to a bag search.

What to bring

  • Due to limited locker space, we request that students do not bring large backpacks.
  • If the students plan to eat before or after their visit, please ask them to bring very small bags so that we can put several bags in each locker.

Access

  • We strive to make our programs accessible and inclusive to students of all needs and abilities. Please advise us if you have any additional needs for your visit.

Content advice

  • Note that the content covered at the museum may be distressing to some students.
  • We recommend bringing your school councillor and/or members of your pastoral care team to the visit.

Payment

  • An invoice will be sent after your visit, unless organised otherwise.

Confirmation of numbers

  • All bookings must confirm any changes to student numbers 7 days prior to the visit in writing, or original booking numbers will be charged in full.

Cancellations and booking changes

  • Changes and cancellations including dates, times and student numbers must be made in writing.
  • Each booking is permitted two changes at no cost. Each additional change over and above these two changes will incur a $30 administration fee.
  • Cancellations made within 7 working days of the scheduled booking will be charged in full.

Risk assessment

Please click here for our risk assessment.

Pre and post visit lesson plans

Our Educators have created activities and resources for teachers to use to engage students before and after their visit to the Museum.

Click here to download the pre and post visit lesson plans.

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