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Postgraduate Course: The Holocaust in Visual Culture (REST11017)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) 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 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 short discussion paper for each week. 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. Level 11 students are welcome to attend the level 10 discussion hour. Level 11 student will be taught alongside level 10 students for the lecture. In addition, level 11 students have their own seminar hour every fortnight in which additional examples of Holocaust representation can be studied or a specific historical or religious issue can be discussed in more depth.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis is a graduate-level course. Please confirm subject prerequisites with the Course Manager.
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, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 80 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Course essay: 80% (3,000 words)
Weekly discussion papers: 20% (250 words each week)
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Work confidently with a range of theoretical approaches to the study of visual culture and religion.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of major themes and works in the visual representation of the Holocaust in a range of genres.
  3. Analyse the use of religious motifs and inscriptions of religiosity and Jewishness in visual representations of the Holocaust.
  4. Conduct independent research into the area of visual culture and the Holocaust.
  5. Demonstrate ability to identify key terms and their meanings and to demonstrate good judgement on the relative importance of bibliographical items
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsTHolVC
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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