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HUM-2040-VO01Y - The Holocaust


Synonym: 164206
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Semester Dates: 06-26-2018 to 08-13-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 07-05-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-24-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Nancy Thompson | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Human Expression
    Note
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please see consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

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Course Description:

An exploration of the Holocaust from historical, political, moral, and religious perspectives. Students use historical documents, film, literature, and art to explore various dimensions of this watershed event in Western civilization.

Essential Objectives:

1. Examine major historical developments leading to the rise of Hitler and the major events contributing to the occurrence of the Holocaust.
2. Articulate the key ideas of National Socialism, Fascism, Hitler, Mussolini and foundation writings of the NSDAP and explore social, historical and psychological factors contributing to the establishment of totalitarian regimes.
3. Identify key philosophical antecedents contributing to the rise of Nazism.
4. Recognize the breadth and diversity of human experiences during the Holocaust.
5. Articulate major conceptions of good and evil, including core issues of racism and genocide, and how they apply to the Holocaust.
6. Explore a variety of responses to the Holocaust in literature, visual, and performing arts and create a personal response.
7. Assess the Holocaust in light of other historical and modern events associated with the word genocide.
8. Describe the essence of the German historical debates (Historikerstreit) in the 1980's regarding the Holocaust.

Methods:

Welcome!  I am glad you are interested in this class that is stunningly important in today's world.  Our condensed format means you don't have to give up your whole summer, yet you can get a solid grounding in how the Holocaust happened, what happened, and why this event is unique among genocides.  We don't stop there. We consider later genocides, and we look at what is happening in themodern world to pose the question "Could it happen again?"  If it does, what will your role be: bystander, collaborator, or resister?

How the class works: 

First, students are responsible for keeping up with each week's reading.  Reading includes our texts as well as links posted by the instructor. 

Second, students are responsible for procuring and viewing several films during the term.  Viewing and discussion of the films is mandatory. Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play are likely to be the best options for this.

Third, student success is measured in part by the number and quality of submissions to each weekly discussion.  Discussion is the heart of the class.  The syllabus provides a rubric by which discussion is graded.

Fourth, students are responsible for devising and completing a term learning project.  Options for the project are included in the syllabus.  A grading rubric is also included.

Please note that this is a three credit class in a condensed term. That means you'll work hard during our seven weeks, but hopefully you'll agree that what you learn and discover will be worth the effort.

Evaluation Criteria:

You will be evaulated on the following components:

• 70% weekly discussion participation
• 30% learning project

See letter grade criteria for information on how the criteria are graded

Grading Criteria:

Discussion Forum:

Your participation in the discussion forum is worth 70 points. You must earn a minimum of 42 points in order to pass the course. You may earn up to 10 points each week.   Weeks start on Tuesdays. Your first posting for each week is due by Thursday evening.  All graded work must be completed by Sunday night at midnight. Mondays are used for grading. You may contribute on Mondays, but Monday postings do not count toward the grade, and I don't respond to them

(9-10 points)
All postings are contributed before deadlines. Student participates on 3 or more days, not including Mondays. Student contributes a minimum of 6 postings. Student responds to three or more classmates, and raises two or more questions. Student postings are thoroughly developed, free of grammatical or mechanical errors, well argued with many supportive examples and illustrations from readings and discussion, and show strong evidence of original thinking.

(8 points)
All postings are contributed before deadlines. Student participates 3 days , not including Mondays. Student contributes a minimum of 5 postings. Student responds to three or more classmates, and raises two or more questions. Student postings are thoroughly developed, largely free of grammatical or mechanical errors, reasonably argued with some supportive examples and illustrations from readings and discussion, and show evidence of original thinking.

(6-7 points)
First postings may be late. Student participates 2 days , not including Mondays. Student contributes a minimum of 3 postings. Student responds to at least two classmates, and raises at least one developed and relevant question. Student postings show average development, contain grammatical or mechanical errors, incorporate few supportive examples and illustrations from readings and discussion, and/or show marginal evidence of original thinking.

(1-5 points)
Student postings do not contribute materially to discussion. Student may not meet the deadlines. Student may not post more than once or twice during the week. There is insignificant interaction with peers, and little development of thought.

 (0 point)
Student does not post before end of week. Student work is plagiarized. Student work is so insubstantial that credit cannot be awarded.


 

Learning Project:

Your learning project is worth 30 points. You must earn at least 18 points in order to pass the course.

(27-30 points)
Outstanding work which complies with all requirements and demonstrates a thorough understanding of all course objectives. Each component will meet length requirements, have a clear central focus, express and fully develop original ideas, be well supported with facts and academic sources, be carefully and correctly documented, be organized in a logical fashion that is linked with appropriate transitions, utilize an academic tone, and be free of grammatical and mechanical errors. It will accurately use the special vocabulary and key concepts appropriate to the discipline. 

(24-26 points)
Fine work which complies with all requirements and demonstrates a reasonable understanding of all course objectives. Each component will meet length requirements, have a clear central focus, express and explore original ideas, be reasonably supported with facts and academic sources, be carefully and correctly documented, show an organizational strategy that usually includes appropriate transitions, utilize an academic tone, and have few grammatical and mechanical errors. It will accurately use the special vocabulary and key concepts appropriate to the discipline.

(21-23 points)
Work of a satisfactory nature which complies with most requirements and demonstrates an understanding of a majority of the course objectives. Components may not fully meet length requirements, may have significant organizational, factual or interpretive errors, may have a vague central focus, have few original ideas. The work is still reasonably supported with facts and academic sources, correctly documented (although there may be errors in documentation and/or integration of sources), have an inconsistent academic tone (too colloquial), and have significant grammatical and mechanical errors. It may show limited comprehension of the special vocabulary and key concepts appropriate to the discipline.

(18-20 points)
Weak work of an unsatisfactory nature which may not comply with requirements or demonstrate an understanding of some of the course objectives.
The work may indicate positions which demonstrate limited comprehension and use few relevant examples. The writing may contain significant organizational, factual or interpretive errors. It may not approach the length requirements, or may have significant documentation errors, including lack of appropriate documentation in a significant part of the body.

(17 points or less)
Unacceptable work submitted with such significant deficiencies that no passing level credit can be awarded. Note: work that has copy and paste plagiarism will receive a grade of zero.

Projects will be assessed a late penalty of five points per day for each day they are late.

Textbooks:

Summer 2018 textbook data will be available on April 9. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

HUM-2040-VO01Y Textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Nancy Thompson
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Samantha Boymer

Attendance Policy:

According to CCV's stated attendance policy, "Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential components of a student’s success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV, where small classes support the college’s commitment to active learning." Therefore, three absences, whether consecutive or non-consecutive, will result in failure of the course regardless of the student cumulative grade. Three absences is equivalent to missing more than 40% of the course, which is built on a foundation of participatory discussion. Missing class adversely affects the experience of the class as a whole as well as the learning of the individual student.

Syllabus:

'Weekly schedule and guidelines'

Important Course Information
Please begin by referring to the essential objectives for the course.  We will accomplish those goals through watching films, reading texts, viewing art, listening to oral histories, viewing photographs, and participating in discussions. Learning will be assessed through discussion contributions and a learning project.

An important note: This class does not and will not consider Holocaust denial theories. This class begins with the understanding that the Holocaust is an established historical fact. There is no room here to debate that fact; such debates are fallacious. Further, I am committed that this class will be safe for people who are Jewish, gay, lesbian or bisexual, and for people with disabilities. Amongst others, members of these groups were all targeted for extermination during the Holocaust. Therefore, we will begin with the understanding that the word “toleration,” when applied to these groups, has an injurious connotation because people in these groups are not lesser humans in any way. Rather, we will start with the assumption that such group members are fully as worthy – as “good,” if you will – as power-dominant group members.

Academic Honesty Policy

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

 If you copy and paste your discussion postings, learning project, or anything, you will receive an automatic F in the class and I will refer you to the Dean of Students.  Period.  Your work must be your own. 

If you want to quote sources, fine, but those sources must be cited in correct MLA format and you must enclose direct quotes in quotation marks.  No more than 10% of anything you post should be composed of direct quotes.  Grades may be reduced for excessive use of quotes.

 

Learning Project

The project is due Tuesday of the last week. You may refer to the rubric under Letter Grade Criteria to understand how the learning project is evaluated.

Please choose one of the following options:

Survey project. Create a 20 question survey on Holocaust and genocide awareness. Conduct the survey (present it to at least 25 people to get a reasonable result), calculate the results, and present your findings in a written report, drawing inferences and forming conclusions. Please formulate your questions to attempt to discern the answer to a central research question; a large part of the grade will be based on evidence of critical thinking and analysis, so random questions will not fit the bill.  In reporting your results, refer to at least two college-level credible sources. Length: minimally 1000 words. To be documented in APA or MLA format; format is expected to be correct.


Book critique: Choose a book on the book list in class.  After reading the book, write a critique of it that also analyses what it adds to Holocaust studies; it should connect to specific material learned in class and should be supported by at least one credible source.  I recommend these resources for writing book reviews:

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/704/1/

http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice/specific-types-of-writing/book-review

 Length: approximately 100o words, documented in APA or MLA format. Format is expected to be correct.

 

Blog project. Design and create a blog to raise public awareness about the Holocaust. The end result should be a blog that would be considered credible for academic purposes, which means that it should include research. Use at least three reputable sources. These should be documented in MLA format. Please note that you can do this for free on Blogger.com. Total text should be approximately 1000 words. Give us a link to the finished blog.


Weekly Deadlines

Each week our week begins on Tuesday and ends on Monday. To receive up to full points for weekly work, it must be submitted by the following deadlines:

·         by Thursday, 8 pm: At least one weekly discussion question must be posted.

·         by Friday, 8 pm: Your response to at least one peer and your response to the weekly reading must be posted.  If I have raised a question for the week, you must also have responded to this by Friday at 8 pm.

·         By Sunday at midnight: All graded work for the week must be complete (this means responding to other peers, raising additional questions, or posting other information that you want to contribute to the discussion to count toward your weekly grade). For full points, ten postings per week are expected: two discussion questions, four replies to peers, a reading response, at least one reply to a reading response, and two other postings of your choice. Often, for examples, we will have topical discussions on videos and such.

 

Work submitted on Mondays is not applicable to the weekly grade. Nor do I respond to it. 

Note: If your work and home schedule allows you to participate only on Sundays and Mondays, I recommend not taking the class. This is not an independent study.

Weekly assignment schedule:  

 

Week 1

Read http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/history.html

Please post an introduction. As part of your introduction, please share what you hope to gain from the class.

Discussion question: What preconceptions do you have about the Holocaust? What do you think has helped to form those preconceptions?

Have read and be prepared to discuss chapter 1 in Bergen. As part of your response, comment on major historical developments in the chapter that led to the rise of Hitler (meets EO 1 and 2)

Week 2

Have read and be prepared to discuss Chs 2-3 in Bergen. Using credible sources to help provide accuracy, articulate the key ideas of National Socialism, Mussolini and Fascism and philosophical ideas that you have seen this far that contributed to the rise of Nazism (meets EOs 2 and 3).

Most citizens believe compliance with law to be a necessity to a safe and orderly society. What laws have we seen enacted in the U.S. that could have led to genocide?  If similar laws were enacted today, how would you respond?

See Triumph of the Will and Der Ewige Jude.

Der Ewige Jude is an infamous Nazi propaganda film. Please read the information about its production in the documents link. Why was this film created; what was its purpose at the time? What does it tell us about the world view of its creators? Select one scene and explain how it is propaganda and how it is designed to foster hatred. Today it is considered a cult film amongst neo-Nazis. Explain why it is still dangerous as a tool of hatred.  Meets EOs 5 and 6.

 Week 3

Have read and be prepared to discuss Chs 4 and 5  in Bergen. 

See and be prepared to discuss The Pianist. See The Lady in Number 6: https://vimeo.com/88078614  
In the film discussion thread, contribute a well developed assessment of what you think the films contribute to Holocaust studies and how they achieve their purposes. Roughly 250 words. Meets EO 6

Go to the Hartness Library online. Once there, go to the Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) database.  Choose one of the following articles:


Monroe, Kristen Renwick. "Cracking The Code Of Genocide: The Moral Psychology Of Rescuers, Bystanders, And Nazis During The Holocaust."

Navarick, Douglas J. "Historical Psychology And The Milgram Paradigm: Tests Of An Experimentally Derived Model Of Defiance Using Accounts Of Massacres By Nazi Reserve Police Battalion 101."

Stargardt, Nicholas. "The Troubled Patriot: German Innerlichkeit In World War II

What do you learn from it about social and psychological factors of Nazism? Explain.  Meets EO 2.


Week 4
Have read and be prepared to discuss Ch 6 in Bergen.  Have read and be prepared to discuss Survival in Auschwitz.  See One Day in Auschwitz  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZYgzW2fS0o What are three thought-provoking points from Levi's book and the film? Meets EOs 4 and 5.

See and be prepared to discuss Defiance. See The Great Escape  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8LXmumIo-I 
In the film discussion thread, contribute a well developed assessment of what you think the films contribute to Holocaust studies and how they achieve their purposes. Roughly 250 words.  Meets EO 6


Week 5 
Have read and be prepared to discuss Ch 7 and 8 in Bergen. Meets EO 4 and 5
Research at least one other genocide since the Holocaust. Explain it briefly to us; in what ways is it similar to and different from the Holocaust? Cite at least two credible college-level sources (full MLA citations; a URL is not sufficient).Meets EO 7

Week 6

Have read and be prepared to discuss Maus. How does the comic style help to tell the story of the Holocaust? Does it trivialize the Holocaust? Why or why not?

Visit one of the following audio galleries: http://voices.iit.edu/search_results.php?filter_by=broadcast_lang&filter_value=English
http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/holocaust/
http://www.library.yale.edu/testimonies/excerpts/
Select 4 interviews and listen to them.  

See The Nazi Officer's Wife:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0mOA1KAZME 
Discussion question: 

What do you learn from these interviews (identify the ones you listened to) and he film, and how does listening to the survivor’s voices and hearing their stories affect your understanding? Meets EOs 4, 5, and 6

Week 7

Learning projects are due on Thursday of this week. 
Please post a well developed review of at least a page to at least two peers.

Visit this link on Historikerstreit: http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v14/v14n1p15_Warren.html 
Discussion question: What do you think about Dr. Nolte’s assertions? Find, summarize (and cite) at least one other article on this topic and compare or contrast with Dr. Nolte's views.  Meets EO 8What might Nolte see as a U.S. historical "legend" given his views? Anything?  Meets EO7

Discussion question: Were Nazi atrocities possible for the world to predict, or not? Explain.

What have you gained from the course this semester? 


Weekly assignments

Supplemental links:
http://www.historyplace.com/worldwar2/holocaust/timeline.html Holocaust timeline
http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/ US Holocaust Museum
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/holo.html Overview and history via Jewish Virtual Library

Each week you will have material to read. Some weeks you will have a film to watch. Occasionally, I pose a discussion question for the week. When I do, it’s mandatory to take part in that discussion thread. When you are watching a film, you must post to the film discussion thread a well developed assessment of what you think the film contributes to Holocaust studies and how it achieves its purposes (roughly 250 words).

I do not pose discussion questions about the textbook. Rather, you are required to post a thought provoking commentary about a point or points in the assigned reading from that . A sentence or two is not sufficient. I do not want a summary; I want to see evidence of analysis. Please respond to at least one reading response.

 

Each week you are also required to post at least two questions of substance to the discussion questions thread. You are also required to respond to peers.  Please see above for further details. The weekly assignment schedule can be found in the starting point module.

 

 


Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

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