Module Details

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Title THE AGE OF CATASTROPHE: POLITICS, CULTURE AND THE SELF IN EUROPE, 1930-1950
Code HIST361
Coordinator Dr M Wilks-Heeg
History
M.Wilks-Heeg@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 6 FHEQ First Semester 30

Aims

Investigate how the mid-twentieth century crisis in Europe transformed the relationship between politics, culture, and the individual;

Use primary sources such as diaries, memoirs, films and fiction to explore how Europeans experienced fascism and antifascism, dictatorship, war, occupation, violence and liberation, leading to new forms of individuality and selfhood between 1930 and 1950;

Ask how cultural forms as well as the everyday experiences of economic depression, political extremism and mass violence influenced the making and remaking of the self during Europe's age of catastrophe.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon primary sources.

(LO2) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians

(LO3) Knowledge and understanding of key themes in European history between 1930 and 1950 witha particular focus on the shifting relationships between politics, culture and the self.

(S1) Confidence, independence of mind, responsibility, organisation and time-management.

(S2) The ability to work collaboratively and to participate in group discussion

(S3) Gathering, analysing and organising information, including online and digital resources.

(S4) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral expression.

(S5) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression


Syllabus

 

This module is taught via a series of eleven, three-hour small group seminars. The first two seminars introduce the historiography and methodology of the module, respectively, and the rest are thematic.  
Themes may include:

Writing diaries under Stalin;

Gender, body and the self;

Anti-fascism and anti-imperialism in the interwar city;

Diaries in the Third Reich;

Genocide;

Collaboration and resistance;

Aftermath after 1945: survivors, refugees, and reconstruction;

The miracle years – peace, prosperity – worker citizens / consumer citizens in East and West.

Each week, selected students will be asked to lead the seminar discussion based on a close reading of secondary literature and primary sources. All students are expected to do the essential reading each week, so that everyone can participate fully in the discussion. The aim of the seminars is to build up contextual knowledge and methodological tools with which students can tackle the assessed coursework.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Seminar:
11, three-hour small group seminars. The first two seminars introduce the historiography and methodology of the module, respectively, and the rest are thematic.

Self-Directed Learning: Independent study consists of preparation for seminars, using the assigned source materials and the secondary and critical literature. It also consists of preparing the module’s coursework assignments. Students are also expected to locate and assess primary and secondary historical material of their own choosing for the module assessments, and are given guidance in the module handbook and in seminars accordingly.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours   33

        33
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 267
TOTAL HOURS 300

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Commentary 1. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  Part one of three co         
Historiographical Journal. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -1500 words    25       
Research Essay. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -3000 words    50       
Commentary 2 Standard UoL penalties will apply There will be a resit opportunity This will be marked anonymously  Part two of three co         
Final commentary Standard UoL penalties will apply There will be a resit opportunity This will be marked anonymously  Final of three comme         

Recommended Texts

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