HIST 2057 - Fascism and National Socialism

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022

Extreme right wing ideologies of the twentieth century and European social movements or parties that claimed to be based on them provide the focus of this course. Broadly, it covers the period 1900-1945. Major themes discussed in lectures and seminars include the intellectual and cultural origins of fascism; political and social dislocation following World War I; Italian fascism, its nature, its appeal and its leaders; the distinguishing features of National Socialism in Germany (notably anti-Semitism and policies of exclusion and repression); social and cultural life in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany (with particular emphasis on young people, women and the Churches); and degrees of cooperation, collaboration and resistance in occupied Europe. We will also discuss the changing perceptions of Fascism over time and current debates on its nature.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code HIST 2057
    Course Fascism and National Socialism
    Coordinating Unit History
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study
    Incompatible HIST 2014 or HIST 3014
    Course Description Extreme right wing ideologies of the twentieth century and European social movements or parties that claimed to be based on them provide the focus of this course. Broadly, it covers the period 1900-1945. Major themes discussed in lectures and seminars include the intellectual and cultural origins of fascism; political and social dislocation following World War I; Italian fascism, its nature, its appeal and its leaders; the distinguishing features of National Socialism in Germany (notably anti-Semitism and policies of exclusion and repression); social and cultural life in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany (with particular emphasis on young people, women and the Churches); and degrees of cooperation, collaboration and resistance in occupied Europe. We will also discuss the changing perceptions of Fascism over time and current debates on its nature.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Vesna Drapac

    vesna.drapac@adelaide.edu.au
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    See the Course Planner for the schedule of lectures and tutorials.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
    1 Understand the emergence, nature and (short and long-term) impact of Fascism in Italy and
    National Socialism in Germany.
    2 Explain the relationship between Fascism and National Socialism and the extent and
    significance of the similarities and differences between them.
    3 Recognise trends in the historiography of the subject and how successive generations of historians
    have shaped perceptions about this contested past.
    4 Locate and critically evaluate evidence from a range of primary and secondary sources.
    5 Organise and synthesise information to formulate arguments.
    6 Participate in, lead and summarise small group discussions.
    7 Engage in collaborative small group activities in class.
    8 Summarise and synthesise core concepts and complex historical debates in clear and
    accessible prose.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 8

    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.

    1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.

    4, 5, 6, 7 & 8

    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.

    6 & 7

    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.

    6 & 7

    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.

    4 & 5

    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

    6 & 7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    All the essential information about the course including assessment, readings and various activities will be available on MyUni.

    Pre-recorded lectures will be available on MyUni via Echo 360.

    Recommended Resources
    A selection of materials will be available via Course Readings.

    The Barr Smith Library has a rich collection of books on our topic and you will be encoraged to draw on these resources in your research.

    Online Learning
    This course has a website accessible through MyUni.

    All the information and updates about assessment, class activities and the readings will be available via this website.

    The lectures will be pre-recorded and available on MyUni via Echo 360. The lecture slides will be posted on MyUni.

    The Barr Smith Library provides you with electronic access to the full text of a vast number of relevant books and academic journal articles as well as a range of important data bases.

    Essential texts will be available via Course Readings.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course comprises a combination of face-to-face teaching on campus (including tutorials and workshops) and online lectures and activities accessible via MyUni.

    Lectures begin in Week One and tutorials begin in Week Two.

    Lectures in this course refer specifically to the topics and readings to be discussed in tutorials. 

    Tutorials are designed to promote discussion among all members of the class and to refine each student’s oral communication skills. As such, tutorial attendance constitutes a hurdle requirement in this course.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The course comprises three hours of structured learning activities per week. 

    Independent study in preparation for tutorials, written assignments and the online test together with the contact hours amount to approximately 156 hours of study across the course of the semester and the examinations period.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Themes covered in lectures, tutorials, and online activities include fascism and its ideological roots; the success and appeal of Italian Fascism; the nature of the Fascist regime in Italy; the emergence of National Socialism and the collapse of the Weimar Republic; and the nature of the Nazi regime in Germany. The following topics will be treated in a comparative context: propaganda and its limits; charismatic leadership; art and culture; youth programmes; the churches and religious life; politics and gender; the Holocaust; dissent and resistance; Fascism and National Socialism in collective memory.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Tutorial attendance for this course constitutes a hurdle requirement. This means that students are required to attend at least 80% of the tutorials.

    Failure to attend at least 80% of the tutorials will incur a penalty whereby students who complete the assessment tasks but do not meet the hurdle requirement will not be able to achieve higher than a pass grade for the course.

    No work will be accepted in lieu of tutorial attendance and participation.

    To be eligible to pass this course students must complete all the assessment tasks.


  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Tutorial participation and attendance Formative Hurdle requirement 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, & 7
    Short Essay Summative 30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 8
    Online Test Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 5 & 8
    Research Essay Summative 50% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, & 8
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Tutorial attendance is a hurdle requirement for this course.  Failure to attend the required number of tutorials (80%) will result in a penalty whereby the student will not receive higher than a pass for the course.

    No work will be accepted in lieu of tutorial attendance and participation.

    To be eligible to pass this course students must complete all the assessment tasks.
    Assessment Detail
    Tutorial Attendance and Participation (hurdle requirement)
    In this course there is a strong emphasis on building your oral communication skills by leading and summarising small group discussions, and on collaborative learning practices. 
    Attendance at weekly tutorials is therefore a hurdle requirement for this course.
    No work will be accepted in lieu of tutorial attendance and participation. 
    Students who do not attend at least 80% of tutorials will not be eligible for a grade higher than a pass.


    Two Essays (30% and 50%)

    In the essays students will be expected to develop an argument in a logical and persuasive style and to seek appropriate
    evidence or examples to illustrate their position. 
    Students will be assessed on their ability to sustain an argument largely in their own words in a clear and accessible style, and on the initiative and creativity exhibited in their use of a range of sources.
    For the research essay, there will be a stronger focus on the discovery and incorporation of primary sources.


    Online Test (20%)
    The online test will comprise a combination of seen and unseen short- and longer- answer questions drawing on the discussions broached in tutorials and lectures.
    Submission
    Written work must  be submitted electronically via the assignment portals on MyUni.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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