Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Representations of the Holocaust 1945-2020
Academic Year
Semester 2
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written essay 1  (3,000 words)  50%
Semester Assessment Written essay 2  (3,000 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Written essay 1  (3,000 words)  50%
Supplementary Assessment Written essay 2  (3,000 words)  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

​1. Demonstrate an understanding of current approaches to and on-going debates on the history of the Holocaust; demonstrate an enhanced understanding of the Holocaust and how it has been represented internationally since the 1940s.

2. Engage in close reading of relevant primary sources, such as film, photography etc., and place them in their intellectual and literary context.

3. Marshal and understand appropriate evidence in formulating historical arguments regarding the history of the Holocaust and its representation.

4. Demonstrate through written work an ability to integrate methodological themes into their own research.

Brief description

The Holocaust despite taking place primarily in eastern Europe was an event that has touched societies across the globe. Individuals in many countries have produced representations and portrayals of the events surrounding the Holocaust. This module will examine the ways in which the Holocaust has been represented by different cultures and societies since the 1940s. It will explore a range of sources from literature and film to graphic novels and memorials to track and understand how representations of the Holocaust have changed over time in varying societies. In recent years scholars of the study of memory, such as Astrid Erll, have recognized the memory of the Holocaust as being transnational in its nature. The structure and content of this module reflects this understanding by surveying memory in a range of countries.



Introduction to the Holocaust

The Holocaust and Photography

The Holocaust and the Self: Diaries and Memoirs

The Holocaust and Law

The Holocaust in Film

The Holocaust on Television

Lying about the Holocaust

Maus: The Holocaust and Graphic Novels

Memorials and Museums

The Holocaust as Transnational Memory

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 learn to adapt to studying a range of sources and countries through the central theme of the Holocaust.
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.
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. Students will be advised on how to improve research and communication skills through the individual tutorial providing feedback on submitted coursework.
Problem solving Identify problems and factors which might influence potential solutions; develop creative thinking approaches to problem solving; evaluate advantages and disadvantages of potential solutions.
Research skills Students will develop their research skills by reading a range of texts and evaluating their usefulness in preparation for the coursework.
Subject Specific Skills Students will develop an awareness of appropriate sources and historical literature associated with the study of portrayals of the Holocaust.
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 7