HI5022 - The Holocaust

What will I learn on this module?

In this module you will learn about the Holocaust in its full global, historical context. You will engage with the major historiographical debates surrounding the Shoah. Crucially, throughout the module, there will be a dual focus on the Holocaust’s perpetrators and its victims. The breadth of this focus ensures that the module will be interdisciplinary and you will learn how to navigate historical, literary and sociological perspectives on the Holocaust and its memory.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn through a series of lectures and seminars. The lectures will give you a broad introduction to the major debates in Holocaust studies – from questions surrounding the development of Nazi policy, to the studies of the extent of Jewish resistance and scholarship on how we approach victim’s memories as historians. In the seminars you will have the opportunity to engage with, discuss and debate the full range of documentary sources that underpin Holocaust studies. This will include government papers, individual contemporary evidence such as diaries and letters, and reflective testimonies such as trial transcripts, memoirs and oral testimony.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your academic development will be supported through engagement with your peers, academic tutors, and programme leaders. Academic support is provided through group/individual tutorials which allow specific issues to be addressed and to promote progress in academic development. The module tutor will be accessible within publicised office hours and via email. Your peers will provide you will a collaborative learning environment, and your programme leader will guide you through the requirements and expectations of your course. You will also be supported through individual engagement with the academic literature, lectures, and resources available on the eLearning Portal. Formative feedback will be on-going throughout seminar activities and through assessment tasks.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate an ability to engage with documents and sources from the Holocaust era and think critically about their strengths and limitations.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the causes and contexts of the destruction of Europe’s Jews.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Communicate complex ideas effectively and fluently

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
4. Engage as an active citizen with contemporary uses and abuses of historical memory in politics and society.

How will I be assessed?

Your knowledge of the Holocaust will be assessed through two pieces of coursework: a 2,500-word essay and a portfolio of primary sources with commentary and overview. Essays, set by the tutor, will critically engage historiography in depth around one of the topics of study. The portfolio will require you to use the library resources to select a set of primary sources on a theme of your choice, and to provide a critical commentary on and overview of your selection of sources.

You will have the opportunity to present your work in the seminars and will receive formative feedback from your lecturer in classroom discussions, debates, and tutorial sessions. Formative assessment through your lecturer will be written and verbal, and you will also receive feedback through engagement with your peers. Feedback on your first summative assessment will allow you to improve on later ones





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UCAS Code V100

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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