Spring 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Pfister, Debra
Discipline and Number
HIST 4344 Section 501
W Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Siberia & Auschwitz

Description of Course:

Siberia and Auschwitz have become synonymous with the most violent symbols of barbarity, cruelty, torture, and death in the modern period. While these sites represent the darkest side of humanity, at the same time, they also stand as testaments to human endurance and survival. By exploring the literature which emanated from the experiences of those sentenced to these places, this course will examine the random acts of courage as well as the constant threat of death, that every second of the day, held each prisoner of these systems in the balance. In addition, Siberia and Auschwitz will examine the foundations of the two totalitarian regimes who built their foundations on the basis of these locations which were dedicated to evil and atrocity, and ultimately, came to define a century.

Required Texts:

Anne Appleman, Gulag: A History (ISBN: 978-1400034093)
Debórah Dwork and Robert Jan van Pelt, Auschwitz (ISBN: 978-0393322910)
Andras Mezei, Christmas in Auschwitz (ISBN: 978-0956034199)
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich (ISBN: 978-0451228147)

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Grades will be based on class attendance, participation in class discussions, one 3-4 page analysis paper, one 6-7 page research paper, one test, and one final.

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