Undergraduate Module Descriptor
SOC3046A: The Holocaust, Genocide and Society
This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 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:
- What was the Holocaust and what can be learned from studying it?
- The concept and practice of genocide
- Is the Holocaust a unique? Theoretical and conceptual questions
- Is the Holocaust a unique? Epistemic and political questions
- The Dialectic of Enlightenment, civilisation and progress
- The Modernity thesis: is the Holocaust an essentially modern phenomenon?
- The nature of evil: Radical or Banal?
- Social psychology: situationist explanation and the fundamental attributional error
- The ‘evil of banality’: critical reflection on the modernity and banality theses
- Explaining direct perpetrators' actions: Browning's situationist explanation
- Explaining direct perpetrators' actions: Goldhagen's cognitive explanation
- Assessment of Browning's and Goldhagen's theories: a radical alternative?
- Structure and agency in the Holocaust: ‘Intentionalist’ versus ‘functionalist’ conceptions
- Rescue and resistance: supererogation, ordinary goodness and the social conditions of altruism
- The Bystander effect and its significance in modern society
- Normalisation of the Holocaust? Comparison & analogy with other genocides and examples of institutionalised wrong- and evil-doing
- Holocaust denial
- Knowledge, ignorance and moral responsibility
- Collective responsibility/guilt, and problems of redress
- 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 activity||33||22 x 1.5 hour weekly lecture|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity||10||10 x fortnightly 1 hour smaller group seminars for further exploration of lecture and module themes and issues|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity||1.5||Revision session|
|Guided Independent study||130||Assigned readings associated with each lecture|
|Guided independent study||40||Preparation for essay 1|
|Guided Independent Study||40||Preparation for essay 2|
|Guided Independent study||45.5||Preparation for exam. A variety of activities directed by module leader.|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).