ATS2600 - The Holocaust - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Daniella Doron


Dr Daniella Doron

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


Twelve credit points of first-year Arts units.




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.


Within semester assessment: 80% + Exam: 20%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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