Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitAustralian Centre for Jewish Civilisation
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2014 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Daniella Doron


Previously coded HSY2580


This unit examines the Holocaust and its place in the broader phenomenon of genocide and mass killing in history. Major topics covered include antisemitism, the Nazi state, ghettos and death camps, responses of victims, and the role of perpetrators and bystanders. The course will reflect on the Holocaust as a symbol of the modern condition, its uniqueness and relationship to other forms of violence and genocide. Other themes studied are the reconstruction of Jewish communities in Europe, the memory of the Holocaust and its meaning in the immediate postwar world, and trauma and testimony.


Upon completion, students will be expected to possess:

  1. a knowledge of events leading to the Holocaust, its course and aftermath
  2. an understanding of Jewish responses to the Holocaust across Europe
  3. an understanding of the responses of perpetrators and bystanders across Europe
  4. an understanding of the issues involved in representations of the Holocaust, including testimony, museums, and memorials.


Participation in class: 20%
Short essay (1000 words): 20%
Long essay (2500 words): 40%
Exam (1000 words equivalent): 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

2 x 1 hour lectures and 1 hour tutorial per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Two gateway units in History or permission.