HIST 2057 - Fascism and National Socialism

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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 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 key aspects of the historiography of the subject and the role of historians in shaping perceptions about the past and how these impact on the present.
    4 Locate and critically evaluate 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 research.
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2 & 3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    5, 6 & 7
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    6 & 7
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    6 & 7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    The Course Guide supplements this Course Outline and contains instructions and relevant information about the assessment, readings and general running of the course. This will be available on MyUni.

    The Course Reader contains essential readings for tutorial discussion and will be available for purchase.
    Recommended Resources
    The Barr Smith Library has a rich collection of books on our period. It is essential that you familiarise yourself with the resources guide for this course which is available online through the Barr Smith Library resources page. The guide provides information on accessing appropriate materials available in the library and electronically.
    Online Learning
    This course has a website accessible through MyUni. 
    The Course Guide will be available on MyUni.
    The lectures will be recorded and available on MyUni.
    The Barr Smith Library provides you with electronic access to the full text of articles in a very large range of academic journals relevant to this course.  There is also a resources pages for this course on the library's website.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course comprises face-to-face teaching on campus with two one-hour lectures  and one one-hour tutorial per week.

    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 hone each student’s oral communication skills.
    Workload

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

    There are three 3 contact hours per week.  Independent study in preparation for tutorials, written assignments and the exam 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 and tutorials 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. The following topics will be treated in a comparative context: propaganda and its limits; 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
    n/a
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The SGDE exercise in this course will involve group work during class time. Small groups of 3-4 students will collaborate in a prosopographical study of a range of individuals from different social and cultural groups. The purpose of this exercise will be to explore how (if at all) ideology affected the lives of people living under Fascism and National Socialism. In consultation with the course convenor, students will determine how best to collate their study which, on completion, will be accessible to the whole class via MyUni. There will be a question in the exam based on this research.
  • 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 Summative 10% 5, 6, 7
    Small Group Discovery Experience Summative 20% 1, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Essay Summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Exam Summative 30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Assessment Detail
    1. Tutorial attendance and participation
    In this course there is a strong emphasis on building your oral communication skills by leading and summarising small group discussions. Attendance at weekly tutorials is therefore a requirement of this course and no work will be accepted in lieu of tutorial attendance and participation. 

    2. Small Group Discovery Experience
    This project will involve research into the lives of a range of individuals who lived under Fascism and/or National Socialism. 

    3. Essay
    In the essay you will present a synthesis of your response to the question. Your main goal will be to develop an argument in a logical and persuasive style and to seek appropriate evidence or examples to illustrate your case. You will be assessed on your ability to sustain an argument and the initiative and creativity exhibited in your use of a range of sources, primary and secondary.

    4. Exam
    The two-hour exam will comprise unseen short-answer questions and an essay. Essay questions will be available on MyUni prior to the exam to assist you with preparation however you will not be allowed to bring any notes into the exam.
    Submission
    Written work must  be submitted electronically to the TWO drop boxes that are to be found in the ‘Assignments’ folder on Myuni.  The deadline for electronic submission is noon on the due date.
    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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