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HIS-340-91, History of the Holocaust (SU15)

INSTRUCTOR: Virginia Davidson

SCHEDULE/DAY/TIME: Online, 07/06/2015-08/17/2015


HIS 340 The Holocaust: This course examines the origins, implementation, evolution and aftermath of the Holocaust in and outside Nazi-occupied Europe. We will investigate the experiences and perspectives of victims, perpetrators, accomplices and bystanders. The course also analyzes the historiography and major debates within the historical community.


Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

-Describe the history of European anti-Semitism

-Discuss the origins of scientific racism, and the social, political, economic and cultural setting in which the Holocaust occurred

-Understand the impact of European anti-Semitism and nationalism on the Holocaust

-Describe modern German history, the rise of Adolf Hitler and the creation of the racial state

-Discern the processes which culminated in genocide-from isolation to the "Final Solution"

-Begin to comprehend the inter-relationships between the perpetrators, the victims, the rescuers, the bystanders and the resisters 

-Discuss the aftermath and implications of the Holocaust on contemporary events.


This is an online section.

Online Lectures

Online Primary Documents

Assigned Book


Online Films


**Weekly Online Lectures (Establishes Attendance & Replaces 45 hours of in class lectures/meetings): Lecture outline notes are provided to students to use as they listen to these lectures; students should take notes since this material is on the Final Exam. 240 (20 x 12)

**Extra Credit Video Quiz: Students can complete a quiz on the film, Schindler’s List. Students must acquire the film on their own.  (10 pts)

**Three online Quizzes: These quizzes are designed to facilitate timely engagement of Primary Documents and confirm student comprehension of the key points presented; students will read primary documents in Joule for these quizzes.   30 pts (3 x 10)

**Final Exam: the Final Exam will be completed at home and submitted into Joule through Turnitin before the final due date stated on the Course Calendar; the exam contains identifications, short paragraphs plus essay questions connecting the major course themes. This exam assesses the material presented in the weekly Online Lectures.   100 pts

**Online Discussions: Since this is an online section participating in Discussion via the Discussion Board is an essential way for students to demonstrate their understanding of the course material as well as to interact with and learn from their fellow students; for two Discussions students will answer questions about the Online Lectures and or Primary Documents. Students should be able to synthesize this material and analyze the primary documents within the historical context provided in the lectures. For one Discussion students will analyze, and synthesize the “Good Old Days” book with a website linked into Joule.   150 pts (3 x 50)

Total Points   520 points


520-468 A, 467-448 B+, 447-416 B, 415-396 C+, 395-364 C, 363-312 D, 311 & below F (I do not calculate 10ths of a percentage)


**Klee, Ernst. Willi Dressen, et al. “The Good Old Days”: The Holocaust as seen by its perpetrators and bystanders.  Konecky & Konecky.  1988, 1996. 978-1568521336 

**Primary Documents online in Joule


Prior to the first week students should purchase the Klee book. As soon as students have access to the course in Joule complete the Introduction, read the Syllabus, listen to the first Content: Online Lecture and Reading and post a response to the Establishing Attendance Discussion Forum.