Postgraduate Course: The Holocaust in Visual Culture (REST11017)
|School||School of Divinity
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||A 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.
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.
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'. During 2020/21 the lecture materials will be released online at the start of the week, allowing students to prepare for the seminar discussion.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 and directly informs seminar discussion.
Level 11 students will be taught alongside level 10 students for the lecture component of this course. In addition, level 11 students have their own weekly seminar hour, 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)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||This is a graduate-level course. Please confirm subject prerequisites with the Course Manager.
|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)
||Course essay: 80% (3,000 words)
Weekly discussion papers: 20% (250 words each week)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Work confidently with a range of theoretical approaches to the study of visual culture and religion.
- Demonstrate knowledge of major themes and works in the visual representation of the Holocaust in a range of genres.
- Analyse the use of religious motifs and inscriptions of religiosity and Jewishness in visual representations of the Holocaust.
- Conduct independent research into the area of visual culture and the Holocaust.
- Demonstrate ability to identify key terms and their meanings and to demonstrate good judgement on the relative importance of bibliographical items
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Hannah Holtschneider
Tel: (0131 6)50 8933
|Course secretary||Miss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227