Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
The Third Reich (Part 2): The German Home Front, 1939-1945
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written Essay  2,500 words  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Examination  50%
Supplementary Assessment Written Essay  2500 Words  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   (resit) Examination  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Critically evaluate a variety of primary sources, showing an awareness of their significance, their authors’ purpose, the perspective from which they were produced and by whom and how they were received.

Demonstrate an understanding of how and why the Nazi regime was radicalized, and its impact on German society, with reference to key concepts including totalitiarianism, ‘total war’ and the ‘home front’.

Demonstrate an understanding of the destructive and ultimately self-destructive characteristics Nazism displayed, above all in the period of the Second World War.

Identify trends in the historiography of the Third Reich, and critically assess historians’ arguments and the controversies between them.


This module extends themes explored in HQ38320 and focuses in more detail on different aspects of the home front.

Brief description

This module explores the German experience of the Second World War with a strong focus on historiography and primary source
analysis. Central to the module is the study of historiographical debates relating to topics such as the complicity of German civilians in the Holocaust, civilian experiences, the war economy, resistance, compliance and support for the war and the collapse of the Third Reich.


The module addresses a number of themes related to the German experience of war and dictatorship. The module consists of 10 two-hour seminars that will address a range of themes and the historiographical debates surrounding them. The areas covered (in one or more seminars) include the knowledge of the Holocaust among German civilians, the everyday life of war, the experience of bombing, flight, expulsion and sexual violence, shifts in morale and support for the war, the impact of the war on different social classes, regions, genders and generations, the role of forced foreign labourers, propaganda and coercion and the end of the war in Germany.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Written communication skills will be developed through the coursework and written examination; skills in oral presentation will be developed in seminars but are not formally assessed.
Improving own Learning and Performance Students will be advised on how to improve research and communication skills through the individual tutorial providing feedback on submitted coursework.
Information Technology Students will be encouraged to locate suitable material on the web and to apply it appropriately to their own work. Students will also be expected to word-process their work and make use of Blackboard. These skills will not be formally assessed.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will develop a range of transferable skills, including time management and communication skills, which may help them identify their personal strengths as they consider potential career paths.
Problem solving Students are expected to note and respond to historical problems which arise as part of the study of this subject area and to undertake suitable research for seminars and essays.
Research skills Students will develop their research skills by reading a range of texts and evaluating their usefulness in preparation for the coursework and the written examination.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Students will be expected to play an active part in group activities (e.g. short group presentations in seminars) and to learn to evaluate their own contribution to such activities.


This module is at CQFW Level 6