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Undergraduate Degree Programs

History (HIST)

HIST 121 (GH;IL) (J ST 121) History of the Holocaust 1933-1945 (3) Historical analysis of holocaust themes.

HIST (J ST) 121 History of the Holocaust 1933-1945 (3)
(GH;IL)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

The course will analyze the Holocaust using historical, literary, and philosophical approaches. Various species of evidence will be used and evaluated, including film and literary materials. Emphasis will be placed on discussion, student research projects, problems of ethnicity, race and religion in analyzing the origins of a persecuting mentality and the scapegoating and brutalization of victims, primarily Jews, but also including Gypsies and other groups. The Holocaust is also discussed in the context of global genocidal phenomena. The peculiar structures and dynamics of Jewish ethnic life in Eastern Europe are also treated prominently. Comparative analysis of the relationships between dominant and non-dominant cultures is a major concern of the course. An example of evaluation may include requiring students to complete one major paper on a specific theme covered in the course with a draft of four pages due at the end of six weeks. Students will be required to complete one major paper on a specific theme covered in the course. The course will contribute both to studies in 20th century European and German history, as well as to Jewish Studies. It will form a prominent feature linked to Modern Jewish History HIST/J ST 118 and the History of Anti-Semitism (HIST 302W). The course may be used to count for 3 credits toward the 18 credits required for the History minor and 22 credits required for the Jewish Studies minor. The course will be offered once per year with an enrollment of 20 for HIST and 20 for J ST.


General Education: GH
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Summer 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.