1 x 1.5-hour lecture weekly
1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
Enrolment not permitted
HIST2023 has been successfully completed
Course context
Associated major: History
Topic description
This topic examines a major European society undergoing radical change in peace and war after 1870. It includes consideration of the impact of political unification and rapid industrialisation on traditional German society; further dislocation of German life caused by the 1914-18 War and the shattering effects of the economic crises of inflation and depression; the failure of republican democracy, 1919-33; the nature of the Nazi regime in peace and war, 1933-45; and how the Holocaust became possible.
Educational aims
This topic aims to provide students with:
  • a strong knowledge of differing perspectives on historical events and agents and how these perspectives contribute to historical discourse within the profession and more broadly
  • a strong knowledge of the disciplinary nature of history, its disciplinary history, its methodology, and its role in the community
  • the ability to undertake historical research and reporting
  • the ability to effectively communicate a nuanced knowledge and understanding of historical events and concepts in a range of written and oral forms
  • the ability to work independently and collaboratively
Expected learning outcomes
Students successfully completing this topic should be able to:
  • critically reflect upon the nature of Nazi Germany and how it has been represented and received
  • appreciate the complexities, characteristics and legacies of Nazi Germany
  • develop their communication skills through discussion and reasoned argument
  • locate, collect, interpret and synthesise a range of historical sources to develop a coherent argument
  • plan, research and write an academic essay