HIS-340-90, History of the Holocaust (SU13)
INSTRUCTOR: V. Davidson
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 Primary Documents
REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIGNMENTS:
-Memoir Paper/Analysis and Reaction Paper: Students will read a memoir written by a Holocaust survivor and will write a 3-4 page paper analyzing how the memoir helps them understand the nature and reality of the Holocaust. A detailed description of the assignment is posted in Joule. 100 pts
-Weekly Online Lectures (Establishes Attendance) 240 (20 x 12)
-Video Quiz: Students will take a quiz on the film, Schindler’s List. 20 pts
-Three online Quizzes: These quizzes are designed to facilitate timely engagement of the readings and confirm student comprehension of the key points; students will read primary documents in Joule for these quizzes. 30 pts (3 x 10)
-Final Exam: the Final Exam is a take home essay students will answer short paragraphs identifying the major vocabulary discussed in the course plus overarching essay questions connecting the major course themes. 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; students will answer questions about the Online Lectures and or Primary Documents for these Discussions. 150 pts (3 x 50)
-Total Points - 640 points
GRADE PERCENTAGE BREAKDOWN:
100-97 A+, 96-95 A, 94-90 A-; 89-87 B+, 86-85 B, 84-80 B-; 79-77 C+, 76-75 C, 74-70 C-; 69-67 D+, 66-65 D, 64-60 D-; 59 & below F (I do not calculate 10ths of a percentage)
REQUIRED TEXT(S) OR MATERIALS:
-Browning, Christopher. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland. (Harper Perennial, 1993). ISBN: 0-06099-506-8
-Primary Documents online in Joule
RECOMMENDED READINGS OR MATERIALS:
Students must choose one of the texts below to read for this class:
-Levi, Primo. Survival in Auschwitz. (CreateSpace, 2011). ISBN: 1-46352-556-7
-Tadeusz Borowski, This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen. (Penguin Classics, 1992). ISBN: 0-14018-624-7
READINGS AND/OR ASSIGNMENTS TO BE DONE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS:
Prior to the first week students should purchase the Browning book and choose which “Recommended” text they want to read and purchase it as well. 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.