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HSY3580 - The Holocaust

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Mark Baker


Caulfield First semester 2007 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


As for HSY2580


Students will be expected to develop understanding of the events leading to the Holocaust, the course of the Holocaust during World War II and its subsequent representation. Students completing the subject will have knowledge of: the development and context of Nazi anti-semitism; the ghettos and the Jewish Councils; the einsatzgruppen; the concentration and extermination camps; Jewish resistance; non-Jewish responses in occupied Europe; the actions of the allied governments and of the papacy; and the fate of non-Jewish minorities under Nazi rule, including the fate of the Roma and Sinti peoples (the gypsies). Students completing the subject will have understanding of key issues of historical interpretation, including the functionalist and the intentionalist debate. At third-year level, students will be expected to demonstrate a greater level of sophistication and independence in their engagement with sources and the questions which they pose; and a deeper understanding of the theoretical issues that underpin the course. Students will also be expected to formulate and develop an independent research question which is grounded in a reading and analysis of primary sources.


Participation: 10%
Historiographical essay (1000 words): 20%
Research essay (2500 words): 40%
Examination (1000 words): 30%
Third year students are expected to undertake substantial primary research in their research essay and show a deeper understanding of secondary sources.

Contact hours

2 x 1 hour lectures per week over 9 weeks and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week over 11 weeks


HSY2580, JWC2580