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HIST3060 The Holocaust 1

Module Overview

In this course, we will study the origins, implementation, and aftermath of the genocide, from the Nazi rise to power and the implementation of the ‘Final Solution’ through to the post-war Nuremberg War Crimes Trials. Additionally, the victims' experiences will be studied.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

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

  • the history of Nazi Germany, and in particular of the anti-Jewish policies of the Nazi regime.
  • the history of the Second World War, and in particular of the history of that conflict in East Central Europe.
  • the role of other victims of the Nazi regime.
  • Jewish responses to the Holocaust.
  • the History of Antisemitism.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • analyse a wide range of primary sources (including images), with regard to their specific context, and comment succinctly on their significance in a gobbets exam.
  • identify and engage with the most important historiographical texts on the subject.
  • reflect on the wide-ranging impact of the Holocaust, in particular in regard to memory.
  • develop a coherently-written argument based on an engagement with primary sources and secondary texts.
  • develop arguments in the context of group discussion.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • collect data and information, evaluate it, and integrate it within an essay or oral presentation.
  • participate in group discussion, both as the chief speaker of a group and as a respondent.
  • work both individually and within the context of a small group.
  • demonstrate critical time management skills by handling several tasks competently at the same time.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • perform research with electronic media on a wide range of subjects.
  • present research in a concise format (either as a short text or orally).


The Holocaust is probably the most horrific and challenging phenomenon of the Twentieth Century. Yet it has taken some decades for the world to appreciate quite how much the Holocaust has challenged inherited assumptions about progress and modernity. In the last decade or so, our understanding has been aided, too, by the discovery of important new sources behind the former iron curtain. Against the background of this new historiography, the present course will explore the origins and implementation of the Holocaust, together with the legacies and memories of the event. This unit will focus on the development of the Nazi’s policies against Jews and against other groups, like Gypsies, in Germany. We will also deal with the German occupation of Poland and with the initial phase of the war against the Soviet Union. Throughout, the emphasis will be on the regime’s anti-Jewish policies.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • two double sessions per week in seminar format, with source interpretation and student presentations. • close analysis and interpretation of primary sources in different genres (in English translation). Learning activities include • student presentations. • independent study and research. • group discussion. Innovative or special features of this unit - the discussion of photographs as sources. - the use and critical discussion of documentaries and films.

Independent Study260
Total study time300

Resources & Reading list

Philip Burrin (1994). Hitler and the Jews. 

Ulrich Herbert (ed.) (2000). National Socialist extermination policy. 

Daniel J. Goldhagen (1995). Hitler’s Willing Executioners. 

Neil Gregor (2000). Nazism. 

Jeremy Noakes and Pridham, G (2000). Nazism 1919-1945, vols 2+4. 

Omer Bartov (ed.) (2000). The Holocaust. 

Mark Roseman (2001). The Villa, the Lake, the Meeting. 

Götz Aly (1998). The Final Solution. 

David Cesarani, (ed.) (1994). The Final Solution. 

Jeremy Noakes and Pridham, G (2000). Nazism 1919-1945, vols 1+3. 

Ian Kershaw (2001). Hitler, Vol. 1 and 2. 

Saul Friedländer (1998). Nazi Germany and the Jews. 


Assessment Strategy

Assessments designed to provide informal, on-unit feedback  non-assessed oral presentations within the seminar format.  consultation on the nature of the assessed essays and advice on choice of topics, literature, and sources.  regular interpretation of sources to enable students to practise for the gobbets exam.


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 40%
Essay  (3000 words) 40%
Take-away exam 20%


MethodPercentage contribution
Resubmit assessments 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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