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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Postgraduate (History, Classics and Archaeology)

Postgraduate Course: The Holocaust (online) (PGHC11466)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course examines the murder of the European Jews during the Second World War, aspects of the past leading up to the genocide, and features of the way that the genocide has entered popular consciousness in the postwar years.
Course description The course adopts a chronological and thematic approach to enable appreciation of the context and evolution of the persecution and genocide of the Jews of Europe. It will address important historical questions about the ideological framework of Nazi antisemitism, the motivation of perpetrators and bystanders, the experience of the victims and the various forms of commemoration of the Holocaust in different societies and in different political contexts. Drawing on published and translated source collections as well as a growing number of online digital archives, the module will make use of many personal documents such as contemporary diaries, letters, manuscripts and post-war memoirs, as well as official sources including the correspondence of relief agencies and diplomats, the archives of Jewish councils and ghettos, SS and other Nazi records, photographs, interrogations and trial transcripts.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate command of a substantial body of historical knowledge;
  2. demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain historical arguments in a variety of literary forms, formulating appropriate questions and utilizing evidence;
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the varieties of approaches to understanding, constructing, and interpreting the past; and where relevant, knowledge of concepts and theories derived from the humanities and the social sciences;
  4. demonstrate the ability to address historical problems in depth, involving the use of contemporary sources and advanced secondary literature;
  5. demonstrate clarity, fluency, and coherence in written and oral expression.
Reading List
Peter Longerich, Holocaust: the Nazi persecution and murder of the Jews (2010) - ebook
Christopher R. Browning, Nazi Policy, Jewish Workers, German Killers (2000) - ebook
Wolfgang Benz, The Holocaust (2014) - ebook
Peter Kenez, The Coming of the Holocaust : From Antisemitism to Genocide (2013) - ebook
Donald Bloxham, The Final Solution: A Genocide (2009) - ebook
David Cesarani (ed.), The final solution : origins and implementation (1996) - ebook
Donald Bloxham and Tony Kushner, The Holocaust: Critical Historical Approaches (2005)
Christopher Browning, The Origins of the Final Solution: The Evolution of Nazi Jewish Policy, September 1939 - March 1942 (2004)
Mark Roseman, The Villa, the Lake, the Meeting: Wannsee and the Final Solution (2003)
Saul Friedlander, The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews (2007)
Michael Marrus, The Holocaust in History (1993)
Dan Stone, The Historiography of the Holocaust (2004)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills - An understanding of the methods and skills involved in historical study
- ability to identify, define and analyse historical problems
- ability to select and apply a variety of critical approaches to problems informed by uneven evidence
- ability to exercise critical judgement in creating new understanding
- ability to extract key elements from complex information
- readiness and capacity to ask key questions and exercise rational enquiry
- ability to search for, evaluate and use information to develop knowledge and understanding
- recognition of the importance of reflecting on one's learning experiences and being aware of one's own particular learning style
- openness to new ideas, methods and ways of thinking
- ability to identify processes and strategies for learning
- independence as a learner, with readiness to take responsibility for one's own learning, and commitment to continuous reflection, self-evaluation and self-improvement
- ability to make decisions on the basis of rigorous and independent thought
- ability to test, modify and strengthen one's own views through collaboration and debate
- intellectual curiosity
- ability to make effective use of oral, written and visual means convey understanding of historical issues and one's interpretation of them
- ability to marshal argument lucidly and coherently
- ability to collaborate and to relate to others
- readiness to seek and value open feedback to inform genuine self-awareness
- ability to articulate one's skills as identified through self-reflection
- a command of bibliographical and library research skills, as well as a range of skills in reading and textual analysis
- close reading of textual sources
- an ability to produce coherent and well presented text, sometimes of considerable length
- an ability to produce text to meet standard presentational specifications as laid out in a style sheet
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Course organiserDr Tereza Eva Valny
Tel: (0131 6)50 2504
Course secretaryMrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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