The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code

HIST3640

Units

20 units

Level

3000 level

Course handbook

Description

The period from1900-1945 was the most violent age in European history. Why did the period following the First World War see the rise of Mussolini and Hitler? Why were European societies polarised by extremist ideologies of the left and the right? What links were there between fascist repression and militarist expansionism? How do we explain the genocidal impulses of fascism? This course answers these questions by taking an in-depth look at Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy especially. It looks at the economic, social and political forces that gave rise to fascism, fascist methods of rule, and the ideology's drive to total warfare, particularly in Eastern Europe. In this context, it also looks at the debates concerning the Holocaust and differing interpretations of fascism and its representation.


Availability

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Explain the key themes in the history of fascism and National Socialism;

2. Apply historical research, critical analysis and reflective skills at a senior level;

3. Interpret and utilise a variety of historical sources at a capstone level;

4. Demonstrate written and oral communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of historical and historiographical knowledge and ideas.


Content

Themes examined include:

  • the nature of fascism as an ideology;
  • the origins of Fascism in Italy and National Socialism in Germany;
  • "international" fascism;
  • the impact of Fascism/Nazism on society;
  • foreign policy and race;
  • the cult of the leader; and
  • the Second World War and its aftermath.

Assumed knowledge

20 units of History or at 1000 level or equivalent


Assessment items

Professional Task: Historical Artefact Evaluation (20%)

Proposal / Plan: Essay Plan (5%)

Essay: Essay (45%)

In Term Test: Class Test (20%)

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Tutorial Discussion Facilitation (10%)


Contact hours

Callaghan

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials commence in week 1

Ourimbah

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials commence in week 1

Ourimbah

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials commence in week 1