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Undergraduate Course: The Holocaust in History and Culture (DIVI10014)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course surveys representations of the Holocaust and places these into their historical, social and cultural Religious and Cultural Studies. Students will be introduced to aspects of the history and historiography of the Holocaust, and will study a variety of cultural engagements with the Holocaust. Representations discussed may include photography, film, graphic art, literature, theatre, memorials and museums, as well as religious texts, but the precise range of sources will vary each year.
Course description Academic Description
This honours course allows students to engage with a variety of representations of the Holocaust, and facilitates a critical analysis of historical and contemporary examples and 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 and historiography of the Holocaust, and this genocide's reverberations in culture. Students will engage with historical, ethical, methodological, and religious debates surrounding the history and representation of the Holocaust.

Syllabus/Outline Content
The aim of this course is to chart engagements with the Holocaust in a variety of discourses and media, and to give students the opportunity to navigate historical, cultural, and religious studies methods in their analysis. Students will engage with case studies from the 1930s to the present. These will vary each year, and may include photography, film, graphic art, literature, theatre, memorials and museums, as well as religious texts.

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. To prepare for the seminar students need to engage with the set primary sources and an appropriate range of secondary readings. During the semester, students will complete 3 short assignments that practice analysis and interpretation of sources. The format of these will vary to engage with different writing and presentation styles. The short assignments are a key part of the formative and summative assessment in this course and directly inform seminar discussion. 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 Students MUST NOT also be taking Visual Representations of the Holocaust and Religion (REST10033)
Other requirements Students who have previously taken the following course MUST NOT enroll: Visual Representations of the Holocaust and Religion (REST10033)
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 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  28
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative 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 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 25% - 3 x 500 word assignments

25% - Essay (2000 words)

50% - Exam (online short format)
Feedback Student will receive feedback/feed-forward on short 500 word assignments, course essay outline; and feedback on course essay and exam.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of major themes and works in the historiography and representation of the Holocaust, and summarise key interpretive concepts in the theory of representation.
  2. Be able to apply methods of history, and of religious and cultural studies in the analysis of representations of the Holocaust.
  3. Critically assess the function of religious motifs and inscriptions of Jewishness in representations of the Holocaust.
  4. Sensitively explore the religious, cultural and national contexts of production of 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
Additional Information
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
Additional Class Delivery Information Flipped classroom.
Seminar, including group work.
Course organiserDr Hannah Holtschneider
Tel: (0131 6)50 8933
Course secretaryMr Andre Johnson Hall E Vasconcelos
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