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Undergraduate Course: The Holocaust (HIST10164)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis one-semester course will examine the murder of 6 million Jews and several million non-Jews by Nazi Germany and its accomplices. It will assess the progression from the stigmatisation, definition, expropriation and forced expulsion of Germany's Jews to the wartime policies of directed deportation and then murder of Jews and other 'racial enemies' across the European continent. It will also examine the responses of the victims and of the outside world to the genocide, and reflect on some of the historiographical and cultural legacies of the events.
Course description Students taking the course should be able to place the Holocaust in the contexts of European antisemitism and nationalism, modern Germany history, the particular development of the 'Hitler state', and the other Nazi wartime programmes of genocide and forced population movement. Students will developed the critical sensitivity necessary to evaluate a wide range of historical sources and a huge secondary literature, and will learn how to handle primary documents in a critical manner. Students should be able to participate both orally and in writing in historiographical debates. Students should build upon the skills they have acquired in their previous years to improve their awareness of the nature and use of various types of historical evidence; demonstrate the nature of history as argument by focusing on the debates between historians on key issues; increase their skills in research, writing and presentation of papers; increase their organisational, critical and communication skills.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking The Third Reich 1933-1945 (HIST10359)
Other requirements A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Administrator to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503780).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  62
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 67 %, Coursework 33 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework essay is 3,000 words
Two hour examination involves the answer of two essay questions from a choice of 6-8.
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
Jonathan C. Friedman (ed.), The Routledge History of the Holocaust (2010)
Tom Lawson's Debates on the Holocaust (2010)
Dan Stone Histories of the Holocaust (2010)
Doris Bergen War and Genocide (2003)
Robert Jan van Pelt and Deborah Dwork The Holocaust: a History (2003)
Donald Bloxham, The Final Solution: A Genocide (2009)
Ulrich Herbert (ed.) National Socialist Extermination Policies
Mark Roseman The Villa, the Lake, the Meeting (2003)
Peter Longerich, The Holocaust (2010)
Saul Friedlander Nazi Germany and the Jews 2 vols. (1997, 2007)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Tereza Eva Valny
Tel: (0131 6)50 2504
Course secretaryMiss Annabel Stobie
Tel: (0131 6)50 3783
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