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History 311: The Holocaust and World War II
Various; distance learning format.
December 2014 - Present.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: analyze how antisemitism and Nazi racial ideology contributed to the formation of the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question"; identify the victims and perpetrators of the Holocaust; summarize the major components of the Holocaust, including: isolation of Jews from mainstream society, removal of Jews from society to places such as ghettos, the euthanasia programs, death by mass shootings, death in labor camps and the killing centers, reactions to the persecution and murder of the Jews by non-Jews, and resistance by Jews and non-Jews; argue whether the "Final Solution" was planned prior to the beginning of WWII or evolved over the course of the war in response to the changing circumstances of the conflict; and compare the Holocaust to other instances of genocide (including reactions by the international community) after World War II.
The course is self-paced, and instruction is delivered through online video and text lessons. Students are assessed through quizzes and a proctored final exam. Topics include: introduction to the Holocaust and World War II, major events and battles in WWII Europe, antisemitism and the rise of Nazi Germany, early persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany, escalation of Nazi persecution of German Jews, mass extermination and ghettos in World War II Europe, World War II and Nazi police groups, Nazi escalation in Europe and the Final Solution, resistance and participation in the Holocaust, the end of WWII and Jewish liberation, and the aftermath of World War II and the Holocaust.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in History, European History, Modern German History, Jewish History, 20th Century Europe, or World War II (12/17).