HST/JUS/REL 374 Fall 2007 Syllabus


Fall 2007

Prof. Susan Crane

Office/Hours: Social Sciences 237A, 621-1113 / W 11-12:00, Th 1:00-1:45 and by appointment

E-Mail address: scrane@u.arizona.edu

This syllabus is available online, on my faculty website under UA Instruction Fall 2007

This course will explore the history, memories and representations of the Holocaust: the attempted annihilation of European Jews, and the murderous persecution of the Roma, Sinti and other racial and political opponents by the Third Reich in Germany , 1933-1945. We will discuss the perspectives of survivors, perpetrators, witnesses, historians, and ourselves as students, while seeking to understand the nature of this event and its significance.


All of the assigned readings are available for purchase either as books or course packet at the bookstore, and/or available online through ERes:

Doris Bergen, War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust

Christopher Browning, Ordinary Men

Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz

Art Spiegelman, Maus: A Survivor's Tale , v. 1 and Maus: And Here My Troubles Began, v. 2

Course Packet (bookstore only) includes all other readings

ERes : All "packet" readings are also available online through the Main Library. On Sabio, select Reserves, then ERes. You will need the course password to login: hist374 .

Course Packet/ERes Reading List


Students are expected to have read each reading assignment in advance of the class meeting for which it is assigned, and be prepared to discuss the contents. To assist preparation for discussion, students will regularly write one-page reading responses . Responses are limited to one typed page of organized, coherent comments, questions and reflections on the assigned reading. Do not summarize the reading; a better response will focus on one aspect or issue that interested you. It's always a good idea to cite or quote from the text ; you may use the short citation format at the end of the sentence (author, page). Only students who have excused absences on reading response due dates may make up the assignment by writing a response for another day's reading and handing it in on the day that reading is assigned.


PAPERS AND EXAMS: three exams, two "debate papers" (2 pages each), and one longer paper (6-8 pages). All written work is due in class on the assigned date and will not be accepted later without prior permission of the instructor.

Failure to credit the source of any statement which is not the result of your own creative endeavor is plagiarism, which is a violation of academic integrity and personal honesty and will result in a FAILING GRADE FOR THE COURSE. If you have any concerns about what plagiarism is and how to avoid it, visit the Main Library website: http://www.library.arizona.edu/help/tutorials/plagiarism/plagiarism-res….


Class participation, response papers: 20%; Papers: 40%; Exams: 40%

If you know you will have to miss a class for legitimate reasons, you are expected to inform the instructor in advance. Late work will be accepted only from students who have excused absences on due dates.