Undergraduate Course: Visual Representations of the Holocaust and Religion (REST10033)
|School||School of Divinity
||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||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 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.
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 lecture component and seminar discussion. The lecture component will be taught as a 'flipped classroom', either with an in-person lecture or with lecture materials provided online via Learn. During the seminar students will engage in a discussion of the source text(s) for the week. During the semester, students will write 3 discussion papers consisting of a source analysis of set primary sources that form the basis for class discussion. The discussion papers are a key part of the formative and summative assessment in this course. A class essay and a final exam test the learning outcomes for this course.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Purchase of course reader
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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?
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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.
- Apply methods of Religious and Cultural Studies to the analysis of visual representations of the Holocaust.
- Critically assess the function of religious motifs and inscriptions of Jewishness in visual representations of the Holocaust.
- Sensitively explore the religious, cultural and national contexts of production of visual representations of the Holocaust.
- 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.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||- Empathy and imaginative insight, with a tolerance of diverse positions
- Capacity for reflexive learning
- Ability to attend to others and respect others' views
- Ability to gather, evaluate and synthesise different types of information
- Writing skills, including clear expression and citing relevant evidence
- Electronic communication and interaction in various forms and accessing information from a variety of sources
- Awareness of the importance of contemporary media as both a study resource and a discussion medium
- Ability to engage critically with the meaning of documents and recognise that meanings may be multiple
|Course organiser||Dr Hannah Holtschneider
Tel: (0131 6)50 8933
|Course secretary||Miss Rachel Dutton
Tel: (0131 6)50 7227