Spring 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Taking an interdisciplinary approach, this course explores the Holocaust and its aftermath. It challenges our fundamental assumptions and values, and it raises questions of great urgency: â€œWhat was the background of the Holocaust?â€ How was it possible for a state to systematize, mechanize, and socially organize this assault on the Jewish people?â€ And â€œHow could the Nazis in a few years eliminate the foundations of Western civilization?â€ Our course will search for answers to these questions and investigate many others. In addition, it will explore the ways in which the Holocaust is often denied as well as those in which it is commemorated in the Nuremberg and Eichmann trials, in survivor testimonies, in Holocaust literature, art, memorials, museums, and films.
The course is taught by a team of three professors, and its instructional format will be lecture with substantial discussion.
Yehuda Bauer, History of the Holocaust, Childrenâ€™s Press, 2001, ISBN-13: 978-0531155769.
Haim Gouri, Facing the Glass Booth: The Jerusalem Trial of Adolf Eichmann. Wayne State
University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-8143-3087-8
Deborah Lipstadt, Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. Plume,
1994. ISBN 0452272742
Jerzy Kosinski, The Painted Bird. Grove Press, 1995. ISBN 080213422X
Tadeusz Borowski, This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen. Penguin, 1976. ISBN
Elie Wiesel, Night. Hill and Wang, 2006. ISBN 0-374-50001-0
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students will be evaluated on the basis of (1) three short analytical papers of at least 1500 words, (2) a take-home final exam in essay format of 500-800 words, and (3) class participation. The papers will be evaluated on the basis of their (1) analytical depth, (2) organizational structure, (3) stylistic eloquence, and (4) grammatical correctness. Papers will count for 80% of the grade, the final exam for 15%, and class participation for 5%. Each paper should address a text, a question, or a topic covered by that third cover by one of the three professors, as indicate above. The take-home final will be distributed at least one week before it is due. The instructional format is lecture with substantial discussion.