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Postgraduate Course: The Holocaust in History and Culture (PG) (DIVI11037)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) 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 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 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. The seminar discussion centres on the primary source texts and a range of secondary readings assigned for the week. During the semester each student will complete 3 short assignments. 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. 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 regular 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking The Holocaust in Visual Culture (REST11017)
Other requirements Students who have previously taken the following course MUST NOT enroll: The Holocaust in Visual Culture (REST11017)
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis is a graduate-level course. Please confirm subject pre-requisites with the Course Organiser.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  10
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 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 20% - 3 short assignments (500 words each)

80% - Course Essay (3000 words)

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. Work confidently with a range of theoretical approaches to the study of history, culture and religion.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of major themes and works in the study of the representation of the Holocaust in a range of genres.
  3. Analyse the use of religious motifs and inscriptions of religiosity and Jewishness in representations of the Holocaust.
  4. Conduct independent research in the field of Holocaust studies.
  5. Demonstrate ability to identify key terms and their meanings and to demonstrate good judgement on the relative importance of bibliographical items.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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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