Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students study how humans respond to evil sponsored by a state. Students consider the Nazi total war for annihilation, and other genocides. How did state-sponsored aggression and violence develop? How did individuals, states and whole societies deal with atrocity, at the time, both during the war and in its aftermath? Students explore how states, groups and individuals responded, whether as victims, perpetrators and bystanders; whether collaborating, resisting, or looking on. Students consider the historiographic significance of the Holocaust, the evolution of the term "genocide", and various responses to total war and genocide: diplomatic and military, literary and artistic, moral and legal.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTimothy Jones

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesOne 2000-word essay, one take home examination on lecture and tutorial content, and a portfolio of tutorial assessment activities.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsHIS3NGE OR HIS2GAH

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

The Third Reich: A New History

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementRecommended

AuthorMichael Burleigh





Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Knowledge: Demonstrate a knowledge of at least period or culture of the past.
02. Knowledge: Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of conceptual approaches to interpreting the past.
03. Communication: Construct an evidence-based argument or narrative in audio, digital, oral, visual or written form.
04. Research: Identify and interpret a wide variety of primary and secondary materials.
05. Analysis: Analyse historical evidence, scholarship and changing representations of the past.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTimothy Jones

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

One 2000-word essay. A chance to engage in deep research on a topic by writing a formal essay developing a line of argument and by locating the topic to the scholarly literature on the topic.

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo50 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5, SILO7

One take home examination on lecture and tutorial content (1000-word equivalent) A chance to answer the subject focus questions on how humans have responded to state sponsored violence in modern history.

N/AOther written examIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4, SILO5, SILO7

Tutorial Portfolio (assessment of in class activities) A range of assessment exercises based on tutorial materials and activities.

N/AOtherIndividualNo25 SILO1, SILO5, SILO7