Undergraduate Module Descriptor
PHL3046: The Holocaust and Society
This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.
Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:
Introduction & orientation: Why study the Holocaust?
Uniqueness and comprehensibility: Was the Holocaust a unique event?
Dialectic of Enlightenment and the Modernity thesis: was the Holocaust an essentially modern phenomenon?
The nature of evil: Radical or Banal?
Social psychology: situationist explanation and the fundamental attributional error
Explaining direct perpetrators' actions and motivations: Browning's situationist explanation
Explaining direct perpetrators' actions and motivations: Goldhagen's cognitive explanation
Rescue and resistance: supererogation, ordinary goodness and the social conditions of altruism.
Normalisation of the Holocaust? Comparison & analogy with other genocides and putative cases of social wrong- and evil-doing
Knowledge, ignorance and responsibility
Judgement and understanding: compatible or incompatible?
Learning and Teaching
This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||16.5||11 x 1.5 hour weekly lectures|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||5||5 x fortnightly 1 hour smaller group seminars|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching activities||1.5||Revision session|
|Guided independent study||47||Assigned readings associated with each lecture|
|Guided independent study||40||Preparation for essay|
|Guided independent study||40||Preparation for exam|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).