Persecution, Repression and Resistance: Nazi Germany & Vichy France - HIST6032

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What were the experiences of 'outsiders' who did not conform to Nazi ideals? What was it like to live in an occupied country during the Second World War? This course, which is structured in two parts, examines both Germany during the Third Reich and Vichy France under German occupation. Themes to be addressed include: the persecution of Jews, Roma and Sinti, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals and those with impairments; pro- and anti-natalist policies; the concentration camp system; German resistance; the fall of France; Vichy collusion; popular collaboration; French resistance; and the Liberation.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 30
Total private study hours: 270
Total module study hours: 300

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Blog 1 (500 words) 10%
Blog 2 (500 words) 10%
Essay (2,000 words) 40%
Group exhibition 40%

Reassessment methods
100% Coursework (3,000 words)

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the themes of persecution, repression and resistance;
2 Demonstrate a broad knowledge and critical understanding of some of the historiographical debates surrounding the subject and be well positioned to judge between competing interpretations of this era;
3 Formulate their own opinions on a variety of historiographical approaches, demonstrate effective communication skills and present clear historical arguments supported with relevant evidence;
4 Engage with selected representations, drawn from a range of primary source materials including official documents, filmic representations, posters, autobiographies, diaries and oral histories;
5 Engage with a range of secondary source materials including articles and monographs and have practiced selecting and deploying historical information.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Demonstrate effective communication skills and information technology skills.
2 Express complex ideas and arguments effectively.


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