HIST 2057 - Fascism and National Socialism

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018

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 2
    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.

  • 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
    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
    More detailed information about the course including assessment, readings and various class activities will be available on MyUni.

    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. 
    All the information and updates about assessment, class activities and the readings 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
    This course comprises face-to-face teaching on campus with one two-hour period comprising lectures and activities and one tutorial per week.
    Lectures begin in Week 1.
    Tutorials begin in Week 2.
    Lectures will be recorded and available on MyUni, whereas large class activities will not be recorded.
    The two-hour periods comprising lectures and learning activities will relate directly to the topics discussed in the tutorials.
    Tutorial attendance and participation is a requirement of this course.
    Workload

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

    WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS
    1 x 2-hour lecture per week 24 hours per semester
    1 x 1-hour tutorial per week 11 hours per semester
    6 hours reading, and/or group work
    and/or research per week
    72 hours per semester
    Assignment preparation Aproximately 50 hours across the semester
    TOTAL: Approximately 157 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week 1 What is Fascism? What is National Socialism?
    Week 2 The Emergence and Appeal of Fascism in Italy
    Week 3 The Nature of the Fascist State
    Week 4 The Emergence and Appeal of National Socialism in Germany
    Week 5 Charismatic Leadership
    Week 6 Young People Living Fascism and National Socialism
    Week 7 Women Living Fascism and National Socialism
    Week 8 Religious and Cultural life in Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany
    Week 9 Europe's Fellow Travellers of the Right in Peace and War
    Week 10 Opposing Fascism and National Socialism in Peace and War
    Week 11 Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust: A Case of Nazi Exceptionalism?
    Week 12 The Legacy of Fascism and National Socialism: the New Right in Contemporary Europe
    Specific Course Requirements
    There are no specific course requirements.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    The SGDE exercise in this course will involve group work during class time.

    This project invites students to consider the ways in which people from  different walks of life were affected by, or had an impact on, Fascism in Italy and National Socialism in Germany. The purpose of this exercise will be to explore the relationship between ideology and private and professional life under Fascist and National Socialist regimes.

    Small groups of 4-6  students will collaborate on a biographical study of an individual selected from the lists provided at the beginning of the course. These lists will cover political, social and cultural groups.

    The small groups will present their findings to their tutorial class in short, informal presentations.
  • 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 Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Tutorial Participation and Attendance Summative

    All Semester

    10% 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7
    SGDE Group Work Summative To be scheduled during seminars 10% 1, 4, 5, 6 and 7
    SGDE Individual Exercise Summative To be advised 20% 1, 4 and 5
    Major Essay Summative To be advised 45% 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
    Online Test Summative To be advised 15% 1, 2 and 3
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students are required to complete all the assessable work in order to pass this course.
    Tutorial attendance is a requirement of this course. Students are expected to attend 80% of tutorials to meet this requirement.
    Assessment Detail


    Tutorial attendance and participation

    In this course there is a strong emphasis on building oral communication skills by participating in, leading and summarising small group discussions. Attendance at weekly tutorials is therefore a requirement of this course.

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

    Students are expected to attend 80% of tutorials in order to pass the course.

     

    Small Group Discovery Experience Project

    This project invites students to consider the ways in which people from different walks of life were affected by, or had an impact on,
    Fascism in Italy and National Socialism in Germany.

    It comprises a group component (10%) and an individual component (20%).

    The group component will involve preparing a class presentation and the individual component will involve writing an essay.

    Major Essay

    The 2,000-word major essay will test the ability to develop an argument in a logical and persuasive style and to support it with evidence drawn from  different kinds of sources.

    Students will have the option of choosing from a list of questions which will be available on MyUni, or devising their own research project in consultation with their tutor.

    Online Test

    The test will be based on materials covered in lectures and tutorials. It will comprise quiz-type questions and short-answer questions.

    There will be opportunities to study for this test via the practice quizzes which will be posted on MyUni.

    Submission
    All written work for this course is to be submitted electonically via the Turnitin portals which will be available on MyUni under 'Assessment'.
    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    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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