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Undergraduate Course: Visual Representations of the Holocaust and Religion (REST10033)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity 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
SummaryA survey of visual representations of the Holocaust. These representations will be analysed with methods in Religious and Cultural Studies. Students will be introduced to a variety of representations of the Holocaust from the 1940s to the present. Representations discussed will vary each year, and may include photography, film, graphic art, theatre, memorials and museums. An analytic thread through this diverse material will be the identification of religious motifs and inscriptions of Jewishness.

Course description Academic Description:
This honours course allows students to engage with a variety of representations of the Holocaust from the 1940s onwards, and facilitate a critical analysis of historical and contemporary examples and the recurrent debates surrounding the representation of the genocide of Jews in Europe (1939-1945). Through a series of case studies, students will be introduced to the history of Holocaust representation, and historical, ethical, methodological, and religious debates surrounding these.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The aim of this course is to chart a history of visual engagements with the Holocaust in a variety of media and to give students the opportunity to navigate historical, cultural, and religious studies methods in their analysis. Students will engage with a variety of case studies from the 1940s to the present. Representations discussed will vary each year, and may include photography, film, graphic art, theatre, memorials and museums. An analytic thread through this diverse material will be the identification of religious motifs and inscriptions of Jewishness.

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course consists of a two hour weekly seminar taught as a ┐flipped classroom┐. In the first hour students will engage in a discussion of the source text(s) for the week. To prepare students write a discussion paper for each week. The paper consists of a source analysis of set primary sources and forms the basis for class discussion. The discussion paper is a key part of the formative and summative assessment in this course. The second hour of the seminar will take the form of a lecture to prepare students with an overview of issues relevant to the following week's source text. A class essay and a final exam test the learning outcomes for this course.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs Purchase of course reader
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Divinity/Religious Studies courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 170 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Weekly discussion paper of 250 words (20%); 2000 word Essay (20%); Degree Exam (60%).
Feedback Not entered
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 knowledge of major themes and works in the visual representation of the Holocaust in art, museum and film, and summarise key interpretive concepts in the theory of representation.
  2. Be able to apply methods of Religious and Cultural Studies to the analysis of visual representations of the Holocaust.
  3. Critically assess the function of religious motifs and inscriptions of Jewishness in visual representations of the Holocaust.
  4. Sensitively explore the religious, cultural and national contexts of production of visual representations of the Holocaust.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to identify key terms and their meanings, and show good judgment about how to judge the relative importance of items on course bibliographies.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsVisRep
Contacts
Course organiserDr Hannah Holtschneider
Tel: (0131 6)50 8933
Email: H.Holtschneider@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryDr Jessica Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227
Email: Jessica.Wilkinson@ed.ac.uk
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