Hitler's Germany

Subject HIST30010 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Intensive subject from 1-16 July: 12 1.5-hour lectures, 8 1-hour tutorials (no tutorial 2,8,12,15 July: 2 2-hour film screenings Thursday 8 July and Thursday 15 July from 1-3pm
Total Time Commitment: Total time commitment 102 hours
Prerequisites: Completion of at least 12.5 points of second year history
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: 131-048 Hitler's Germany or 131-243 or 131-343
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry.
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Steven Welch



Subject Overview:

This subject explores German society, culture and politics from 1933 to 1945, with special emphasis on the origins, development and significance of the Nazi dictatorship. Topics include the post-WWI crisis, the rise of the Nazi movement, Nazi ideology, the collapse of the Weimar Republic, the seizure of power, Adolf Hitler as charismatic leader, the racist character of Nazi society and politics, the position of women, anti-Semitism, "euthanasia," the Holocaust, "Hitler"s" war and the nature of the Nazi empire. Students completing this subject should be able to demonstrate a general knowledge of the cultural, social and political history of Germany between 1933 and 1945. understand the causes, character and consequences of the Nazi movement. and demonstrate familiarity with the major historiographical debates concerning Nazism.

  • be able to demonstrate a general knowledge of the culture, society and political history of Germany between 1914 and 1945.
  • understand the causes, character, and consequences of the Nazi movement.
  • demonstrate familiarity with the major historiographical debates and the variety if interpretive perspectives concerning Nazism.
Assessment: A primary source document analysis of 2000 words 50% (due Monday 12 July) and a 2-hour final exam 50% ( Friday 23 July). Hurdle requirement: students must attend a minimum of 75% of tutorials in order to be pass this subject.
Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:
  • demonstrate research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources.
  • show critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument.
  • demonstrate written communication and attention to detail, through essay preparation and writing.
Notes: Formerly available as 131-243/343. Students who have completed 131-243 or 131-343 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Hebrew
Hebrew Major
History Major
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies
Jewish Studies Major

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