Undergraduate Course: The Holocaust (HIST10164)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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)
|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-requisites||Visiting students must have 3 History courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses. Enrolments for this course are managed by the CAHSS Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department. All enquiries to enrol must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Coursework: 2 x 3,000 word Essay (50% each)
||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.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- situate, by way of coursework, the Holocaust in a broader historical context;
- critically analyse, by way of coursework, the unfolding and implementation of the Final Solution;
- identify, by way of coursework, the basic elements of the historiographical debates surrounding the Holocaust;
- demonstrate an understanding, by way of coursework, the role of racial conceptualisations and antisemitism in the development of the Final Solution; and
- demonstrate, by way of coursework, a comprehension as to why discussing the Holocaust from the twenty-first century vantage point is relevant.
|Omer Bartov, Germany┐s War and the Holocaust: Disputed Histories. Cornell UP, 2003. |
Doris Bergen, War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust. 2002 (latest edition 2016).
Donald Bloxham, The Final Solution: A Genocide. Oxford UP, 2009.
Saul Friedlander, Nazi Germany and the Jews, 2 vols, 1997 and 2007.
Jonathan Friedman, ed., The Routledge History of the Holocaust. Routledge, 2010.
Peter Hayes, Why? Explaining the Holocaust. W.W. Norton, 2017.
Tom Lawson, Debates on the Holocaust. Manchester University Press, 2011.
Peter Longerich, Holocaust: The Nazi Persecution and the Murder of the Jews. Oxford UP, 2010.
Dan Stone, Histories of the Holocaust. Oxford University Press, 2010.
Ulrich Herbert, ed., National Socialist Extermination Policies. Berghahn Books, 2000.
Robert Jan van Pelt and Deborah Dwork. The Holocaust: A History. W.W. Norton, 2003.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Tereza Eva Valny
Tel: (0131 6)50 2504
|Course secretary||Miss Katherine Perry