HIS20820 Nazi Germany

Academic Year 2019/2020

The course provides an overview over some of the most important aspects of Nazi Germany – covering political, cultural, social and military history. The module provides insights into one of the darkest, most disturbing and most formative periods of modern European history.
The module aims to pay particular attention to different and conflicting interpretations of how the Third Reich came into being and why Hitler’s dictatorship proved to be one of the most murderous in history. Particular attention will be paid to racial thinking, the Holocaust and the question of European collaboration with the Nazis. The module aims to improve the students’ capacity to engage with historical interpretations and different methodological approaches.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students

- will be able to analyze and evaluate conflicting historical interpretations of Modern German History
- will have acquired basic knowledge and understanding of some of the key historiographical debates about the Third Reich.
-will have familiarized themselves with some of the most important concepts and methodological approaches to the history of totalitarianism and genocide
- will have a fuller understanding of the rich secondary literature on the period.
- will have improved their ability to interpret primary sources

Indicative Module Content:

Lecture 1:
The ‘Twisted Path’ to the Third Reich

Lecture 2:
Establishing the Dictatorship: the ‘Seizure’ of Power: 1932-1934

Lecture 3:
The Persecution of the Jews 1933 - 1939

Lecture 4:
An economy for war

Lecture 5:
Creating the ‘People’s Community’

Lecture 6:
The Origins of the Second World War

Lecture 7:
The Third Reich at War I (Poland and France)

Lecture 8:
The Third Reich at War II (Barbarossa)

Lecture 9:
Holocaust: Plunder, Expulsion, Mass Murder

Lecture 10:
The Nazi Empire: Occupation, Collaboration and Resistance

Lecture 11:
‘The Past that does not pass’: Coming to Terms with the Nazi Past

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

12

Seminar (or Webinar)

12

Total

24

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Learning in this course takes three forms.

1. Weekly lectures - you will attend lectures which will build your knowledge of key themes in the history of Nazi Germany and help you to contextualize key historical debates.

2. Weekly tutorials - you will attend weekly tutorials which will give you an opportunity to debate the major themes discussed in the lecture and in selected readings.

3. Reading: you will further your knowledge by reading key secondary and primary literature. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Incompatibles:
HIS31150 - The Third Reich

Equivalents:
Modern German History (HIS30860)

 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Attendance: in class participation Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No

10

Examination: 2 hour end of semester exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No

60

Essay: A mid-term essay of 1.500 words Unspecified n/a Graded No

30


Carry forward of passed components
No
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Tutors will provide feedback to students individually. This will consist of returning each student a copy of their essay with written comments. They will also provide spoken feedback on the student's presentation and contribution to class. The course lecturer will also be available to provide further feedback to students and to meet students individually during weekly office hours. Feedback on the end of semester exam will be available by appointment and will take place on a one to one basis. The class will receive collective feedback on the general quality of the mid-semester essays during the second half of the semester.

Name Role
Ms Jenna Byers Tutor
Mr Liam Maloney Tutor
Mr Cesare Vagge Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.  
Spring
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Tues 14:00 - 14:50
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Tues 15:00 - 15:50
Seminar Offering 2 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Tues 15:00 - 15:50
Seminar Offering 3 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Tues 15:00 - 15:50
Seminar Offering 4 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Tues 15:00 - 15:50
Seminar Offering 5 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Tues 16:00 - 16:50
Seminar Offering 6 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Tues 16:00 - 16:50
Seminar Offering 7 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Seminar Offering 8 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Wed 14:00 - 14:50
Seminar Offering 9 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Wed 14:00 - 14:50
Seminar Offering 10 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Wed 15:00 - 15:50
Seminar Offering 11 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Wed 10:00 - 10:50
Seminar Offering 12 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Seminar Offering 14 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Wed 10:00 - 10:50
Seminar Offering 15 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Wed 12:00 - 12:50
Seminar Offering 16 Week(s) - Spring: All Weeks Tues 17:00 - 17:50
Spring