54 Virtual Field Trip Essay-Discussion

Your Field Guide

Warning: The resources for this module may contain graphic images and descriptions.

Choose a Topic and Explore More Deeply

Choose one of these topics to gain a deeper understanding of this important issue. Use the suggested websites below, or select other scholarly resources to get started:

Native American Boarding Schools

Australian Aboriginal Culture


Pay attention to:

  • how the prejudice was instilled in people, long before the genocide occurred;
  • the personal account of the genocide as told by this survivor;
  • the impact the event on Ms. Umuhoza; and her life now.

Pay attention to the:

  • roots of this genocide that go back over 100 years (decisions made by colonizers);
  • the history of the event as it unfolded;
  • and the reconciliation efforts in Rwanda, with the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission.


In this module you will learn about ethnocide and genocide. Choose a topic to explore more deeply:

  • Read, watch, and listen to the required materials above. Explore all area of the website(s), listen to all of the interviews, watch all associated videos.
  • Submit your essay to the Assignments tool, and then post a copy into the Discussion to share with the class.

Essay Requirements

Introduction: In your opening paragraph, introduce the cultural group and the event that took place. Include the name of least one source (website or article) that you visited, using an internal citation.

Exploration: This is the heart of your essay! Address the following areas, to share what you learned during your field trip. Each of these should be a paragraph (3-4 sentences minimum).

  1. Give an overview of the history of the genocide or ethnocide. Explain one historical root cause of this genocide (choose one: race/racial thinking, such as ideas of racial ‘superiority’; OR colonization by outside groups).
  2. Give a specific example of how this genocide or ethnocide affected the survivors.
  3. Give a specific example of how the survivors are moving forward in their lives, and/or how communities are seeking reconciliation (Examples: survivors making new lives for themselves; community or government efforts to promote reconciliation, etc.).
  4. In your conclusion, address what we can do to prevent this from happening again (2-3 sentences).

Remember: Use grammar and spell-check! Include a bibliography and two internal citations – one from a source in the field trip required materials, and one from our text readings for this module.

  • Submit your essay to the Assignments tool.
  • Copy and paste a copy of your essay into the Discussion tool.
  • Read the essays posted by your peers, and a post a comment to two peers (75 words minimum each). Due one week after you post your initial essay.


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