Based on the systematic mass-murder of European Jews and others during World War Two, the course poses questions about the nature of human society and behaviour. By studying Holocaust history and how its meaning has been reconstructed in different ways, students consider moral understanding and choice.
BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of university/college composition.
ALL FINAL EXAMS MUST BE WRITTEN DURING THE LAST WEEK OF THE COURSE ON THE DESIGNATED DATE AND TIME.
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Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge of the events and major issues of the Holocaust before, during and after World War II, including knowledge of extreme prejudice, propaganda and anti-Semitism, and demonstrate an understanding of how historians use and debate evidence, including testimony.
Demonstrate familiarity with the effects of extreme victimization on Holocaust individuals and groups.
Explore perpetrator motivations and the nature of evil through analysing perpetrators.
Examine the nature of bystander behaviour in Europe and the rest of the world during the 1930s & 1940s.
Analyse the responsibility of ordinary individuals to other people and to society, and explore questions of conscience, moral understanding and moral choice.
Explore in depth the questions of why the Holocaust happened and whether or not it can happen (or has happened) again.
Books & Supplies
The BCIT bookstore carries textbooks, general reference books, software, and stationery. Please visit bcit.ca/bookstore for more information.
Books for Fall 2014 offerings of this course are available in the following BCIT online bookstores. Please choose the bookstore appropriate for the offering you are considering.
BCIT Burnaby Bookstore
If you are taking this course, but are not taking it through either Distance Education or Online Learning, nor at the BCIT Downtown Campus (DTC), please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Burnaby Bookstore.
A History of the Holocaust: From Ideology to Annihilation (5th Edition)
Rita Steinhardt Botwinick Ph.D.
The Holocaust: Problems and Perspectives of Interpretation
Survival In Auschwitz
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