- Course Number:
- HST 285
- Course Title:
- The Holocaust
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Course DescriptionIntroduces the aftermath of World War I and the rise of the Nazis, the historical roots of anti-Semitism, the evolution of the Final Solution and its coordination in Nazi-occupied Europe, the victims of Nazi policies, the camps, the perpetrators, bystanders, and the aftermath of the Holocaust. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Intended Outcomes for the course
Upon completion of the course students should be able to:
- Articulate and interpret an understanding of key historical facts and events during the Holocaust.
- Identify the influence of culturally based practices, values, and beliefs to analyze how historically defined meanings of difference affect human behavior.
- Identify and investigate historical theses, evaluate information and its sources, and use appropriate reasoning to construct evidence-based arguments on historical issues.
- Construct a well organized historical argument using effective, appropriate, and accurate language.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
The SAC assumes that faculty will assess student learning using some combination of the following assessment strategies:
- Exams consisting of essay or other method that integrates and requires application of concepts, themes and issues in the course.
- Written assignments such as papers, reviews, journals and other writing assignments that demonstrate understanding of content knowledge and appropriate application by students of historical materials.
- Oral presentations, discussions, debates, or role-playing that articulate a comprehensive knowledge of appropriate historical concepts and issues.
- Projects where students can identify historical resources and utilize these resources to evaluate their validity.
- Use standard research techniques and acceptable formats in written work and oral presentations.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
Competencies and skills:
- Analyze and evaluate historical interpretations on the origins and implementation of the Holocaust
- Identify an historians thesis and supporting evidence in Holocaust-related articles and books
- Analyze and evaluate primary sources related to the Holocaust
- Connect evidence to the relevant historical context of the Holocaust
- Recognize and evaluate the creator of historical sources
- Recognize prejudicial acts that occurred in Germany and in Europe prior to and during the Holocaust era
- Analyze the role of nationalism in Germany
- Recognize cultural diversity and the rights and responsibilities of individuals and groups to exercise their cultural traditions
- Analyze the substance of Nazi laws
- Evaluate the use of various forms of internment including prisons, camps and ghettos
- Listen, appreciate and respectfully respond to fellow classmates during discussions of various aspects of the Holocaust
- Work collaboratively with fellow students in discussing aspects of the Holocaust
Themes, Concepts, Issues
- Cultural diversity
- Prejudice and racism
- Post World War I Germany
- The rise of the Nazis
- Social, economic and political isolation of German Jews prior to 1939
- Evolution of the Final Solution
- Life in the ghettos and camps
- Other groups targeted by the Nazis
- Aftermath of the Holocaust