HI6038 - History of Antisemitism

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What will I learn on this module?

This course will examine the history of antisemitism, prejudice against Jews. This particular form of bigotry has a long and complex history and unfortunately is still alive and well in nations around the world to including the UK and the US. Hatred of Jews originates from a diverse combination of ideologies, historical moments and, likewise, takes a variety of forms in different times and places. This course will introduce the concept from its earliest times and follow both the theoretical/philosophical thought and the very real displays and repercussions of antisemitism through history with a focus on Europe. We will also closely examine the phenomenon of Holocaust Denial and the resurgence of antisemitism in Europe. The driving objective behind each lesson will be to relate the history of antisemitism to its modern repercussions and continuing impacts.

How will I learn on this module?

The primary method of teaching for this module is through seminars. In these sessions, we will have a variety of presentations and group and whole-class discussions. The module uses a blended learning strategy that will make extensive use of Blackboard. Pre-seminar tasks and links will be posted each week. These will include readings, presentations, and mini- research projects. We will use a diverse array of sources from archival material to popular culture in the form of written, visual, and film sources.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Your academic development will be supported through your module tutor, engagement with your peers, and through the programme leader. The module tutor will be accessible within publicised Feedback and Consultation hours and via email. Your peers will provide you with a collaborative learning environment, and your programme leader will guide you through the requirements and expectations of your degree programme, of which this module is part. You will also be supported through individual engagement with the academic literature, lectures, and resources available on the eLP. Formative feedback will be on-going through seminar activities and assessment tasks.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of antisemitism and its impact historically.
2. Identify common threads of antisemitic thought, tropes, stereotypes and their evolution over time.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
3. Place the changing nature of antisemitism in a variety of historical time periods and contexts
4. Analyse a variety of primary sources and employ them effectively when making an historical argument.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
5. Develop an awareness of forms of antisemitism in today’s society and gain the skills to combat it in your daily life.

How will I be assessed?

2 x 1,500-word essay.
These essays will be written in response to one question chosen from a list provided by the module tutor.
(MLOs 1-5)

1 x 3,000-word Research Paper.
This essay will be chosen by students and approved by the module leader via a formative proposal process
(MLOs 1-5)

In weekly short writing responses and classroom presentations, you will undertake work that is formative for your subsequent assignment. Formative feedback for each assessment will be provided in seminars. Written feedback will be given on all summative assessed work. Feedback on initial summative assessments will enable you to improve on later ones.

Pre-requisite(s)

N/A

Co-requisite(s)

N/A

Module abstract

This course will examine the history of antisemitism, prejudice against Jews. This particular form of bigotry has a long and complex history and unfortunately is still alive and well in nations around the world to including the UK and the US. Hatred of Jews originates from a diverse combination of ideologies, historical moments and, likewise, takes a variety of forms in different times and places. This course will introduce the concept from its earliest times and follow both the theoretical/philosophical thought and the very real displays and repercussions of antisemitism through history with a focus on Europe. We will also closely examine the phenomenon of Holocaust Denial and the resurgence of antisemitism in Europe. The driving objective behind each lesson will be to relate the history of antisemitism to its modern repercussions and continuing impacts.

Course info

UCAS Code LV21

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2021

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