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HIST3055 The Third Reich 2

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

give you a clear understanding of the historiographical debates surrounding the foreign policy of the Nazi regime ï‚· give you a clear understanding of the origins of the Holocaust and the principle debates surrounding this ï‚· give you a clear awareness of the relationship between the radicalisation of foreign and racial policy; ï‚· give you a clear understanding of the nature, extent and location of resistance to Nazism from 1933 to 1945 ï‚· assess the causes of Nazism's unique destructiveness;

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The reasons why German foreign policy became ever more aggressive after 1933
  • The processes by which persecution of the Jews and other stigmatised groups became ever more radical after 1933
  • The connections between these two processes
  • The reasons why some sections of German society chose to resist the Third Reich
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • identify and engage critically with the major historiographical texts on the subject
  • analyse the relevance of a range of primary sources, with regard to the conditions in which they were produced
  • reflect on contentious issues in modern German history
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • gather information and synthesise it
  • communicate effectively in group discussions, both as a leader of those discussions and a respondent
  • co-operate with others in identifying and solving problems
  • display effective time management in planning and completing tasks set.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • perform electronic bibliographical searches to support your essay work in relevant historical databases
  • collate and analyse primary and secondary information to produce coherent and relevant essay work
  • identify extracts from primary sources and draw out the methodological problems in their use as well as their significance to the course
  • argue persuasively in informal oral and written exercises and engage with the opinions of others


This unit focuses on the foreign policy of the Third Reich between 1933 and 1945, on the development of the SS and terror apparatus; on the persecution of the Jews from 1933 onwards; on the occupation of Europe; on the Holocaust, and on resistance from the left and right.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include ï‚· primarily, two double sessions per week in seminar format with a variety of tutorial input ï‚· close analysis of a variety of primary sources and scholarly literature Learning activities include ï‚· presentations by course members and their discussion by the group ï‚· plenary discussions chaired by the tutor and members of the seminar group.

Independent Study264
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Saul Friedlaender (1997). Nazi Gemany and the Jews The Years of Persection 1933-1939. 

Jeremy Noakes (1998). Nazism a Documentary Reader Vol 4 The German Home Front 1939- 1945. 

Omer Bartov (2002). Hitler’s War and the Holocaust Disputed Histories. 

Jeremy Noakes and Geoffrey Pridham (1988). Nazism a Documentary Reader Vol 3 Foreign Policy, War and Racial Extermination. 


Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-unit feedback  an oral presentation by each group member  a brief bibliography exercise related to the chosen assessed essay topic


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (4000 words) 50%
Examination  (180 minutes) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

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