History Thematic Course: Fascisms (V1342)

30 credits, Level 6

Spring teaching

Fascism, along with liberalism, communism and socialism, is one of the great political ideologies that shaped the 20th century. While Italy and Germany provided the national contexts for the most prominent, far-reaching and malevolent forms of fascism, fascistic movements were established in virtually every European country during the 1920s and '30s.In the decades following the end of the Second World War, and into the present century, moreover, fascism has continued to appeal to significant numbers of Europeans.

This module will explore the origins of fascism and trace the spread of fascist movements and ideas across a range of different national communities. It will address fascism both as a political course and as a lived social and cultural reality. You will thus be encouraged to attempt to make sense of the appeal of fascism, the crimes committed by fascists, and the contradictions inherent in fascist ideology in a thematic and comparative framework.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: