Undergraduate Module Descriptor
PHL3046A: The Holocaust, Genocide and Society
This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 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 historical event? Theoretical, conceptual 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
- Explaining direct perpetrators' actions: Browning's situationist explanation, Goldhagen's cognitive explanation and non-rational modes of explanation
- 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 Activities||44||22 x 2 hour 1.5 weekly lecture/seminar (or 1 hour lecture + 1 hour seminar)|
|Guided independent study||136||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||40||Preparation for exam|
This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).