HIST2005 Hitler, the Holocaust and the Historians

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the History major sequence
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit focuses on the historiography of National Socialism. It explores two major discussions among historians: (1) How did National Socialism come into existence? Was it the result of a specific German deviation from the natural course of history or the very essence of modernity? (2) How did the horror of the industrialised killing of the Jewish population emerge as one of the central results of Nazi rule over Europe? Was it planned all along by Hitler and his henchmen, or was it the outcome of a cumulative process of radicalisation? Why did so many participate in this genocide and why was there so little resistance against it?
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) describe and assess the basic historiographical issues characteristic of the discipline of History through the example of the historiography of National Socialism and the Holocaust; (2) identify and evaluate the historiographical problems posed by the historical interpretation of National Socialism and the Holocaust; (3) demonstrate a detailed understanding of the history of modern Germany (1815–1945) as well as of Germany and Europe under National Socialism (1933–1945); (4) locate appropriate sources for research essays; and (5) present arguments in both written and oral assessments using the conventions of the historical discipline.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) workshop participation and presentation; and (3) essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Giuseppe Finaldi
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 History unit or EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities or GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility:
HIST1122 History, the Holocaust and the Historians; HIST2237 German History from Bismarck to Hitler
Contact hours
lectures: 14 hours; workshops: 12 hours
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