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Europe Under the Dictators (HIS259)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Description This unit explores European history from the Russian Revolution to the Second World War by focusing on the brutal dictatorships that emerged in Bolshevik Russia, the Stalinist Soviet Union, Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. Key themes include: communist and fascist ideology; personalities of the dictators (Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler); the role of terror, state violence and resistance in everyday life; the responses of women and minorities; the nature of the Second World War; and the Holocaust.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate an understanding of at least one period or culture of the past.
2. Identify and interpret a wide variety of secondary and primary materials.
3. Examine historical issues by undertaking research according to the methodological and ethical conventions of the discipline.
4. Analyse historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past.
5. Construct an evidence-based argument or narrative in audio, digital, oral, visual or written form.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1.5 hours per week; tutorials: 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is a combination of lectures and small group tutorials, backed by significant weekly student reading. The intention is that the lectures each week broadly introduce a topic and provide critical analysis of the main historical debates and trends; they do not provide simple summaries of events or content. The readings for each week are closely focused on the key issues and relate directly to each other and to the week's lecture. Tutorial work is thus vital to student learning, as it is in the small group discussions that students will combine the lecture content with their own analysis of the readings to gain insight into key debates.
Assessment in the unit is tied back to these learning activities. In-class participation in the unit's tutorials addresses oral, analytical and synoptic skills. Written assignments focus upon the development of critical and research skills, with detailed feedback provided by the unit coordinator. The Critical Analysis asks students to provide an answer to a specified question from one of the weekly tutorials, thus asking them to draw upon the insights they have developed and to crystalise them in written form. The Research Essay requires students to undertake research on a chosen topic (from a list of questions set by the Unit Coordinator) using secondary sources and at a level appropriate for a 200-level unit. The Final Exam asks students to answer questions tied specifically back to the weekly tutorial discussions: again, the purpose is to allow them the opportunity to demonstrate the insights they have gained through their consideration of the readings and lectures in close discussion at tutorials.
Assessment Discussion Forum - external students 15%
Engagement - internal students - 15%
Essay - 800 words - 15%
Research essay - 1500 words - 40%
Examination - Final - 30%
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed HIS293 Europe Under the Dictators may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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History (BA)
History (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Politics (HASS) Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Co-Majors History
Humanities and Social Sciences Minor Teaching Area
Appears in these Minors Modern History
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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