School of History, Art History and Philosophy

1942: Holocaust (V1331)

Time and Place: 1942: Holocaust

Module V1331

Module details for 2012/13.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

This module offers an opportunity to study the attempt by the Nazis to create a new world order by annihilating the Jews of Europe and targeting other groups - including gay people, Gypsies and people with disabilities - for discrimination and death. It provides a multilayered examination of the transition from prejudice to exclusion, to extermination, placing the Holocaust within the broader conceptual framework of Genocide in the twentieth century.

The module will consider issues such as: how was the so-called 'Final Solution to the Jewish problem' put into effect? Why is 1942 a key year in the development of the Final Solution? What part was played by the perpetrators across occupied Europe? It will deal with the reaction of the victim, and explore possibilities of resistance. It will ask whether is it accurate to characterize most people as bystanders, and will discuss the rescue options. The module will also deal with question of justice and memory.

Studying what happened will inevitably raise many questions about why it happened. The module will pay close attention to how it was possible for such a plan of mass murder to be carried out so effectively in such a short time at the hub of western civilization; a plan which relied on the active involvement of many people and the acquiescence of even more.

Module learning outcomes

Critically evaluate the historiography around a particular moment.

Critically evaluate the applicability of historical concepts to particular cases.

Supply evidence of these skills in extended essay form.

Demonstrate ability to use limited amounts of primary source material in extended historical argument.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayA2 Week 1 90.00%
ExerciseT2 Week 8 10.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Spring SemesterLecture1 hour111111111111
Spring SemesterSeminar2 hours101010101010

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Gideon Reuveni

Convenor, Assess convenor

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