HIST3205 - Holocaust, genocides and their aftermath


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 3/10 1 semesters ALLE
Assignment 3/10 1 semesters ALLE
Semester assignment 4/10 1 semesters ALLE

Course content

Based on a historical analysis of different genocides participants of the course will investigate the structures and preconditions that have led to genocide, the involvement of elites and ordinary people, as well as the role of the international community. By discussing whether the Holocaust occupies a unique position among genocides, we also address the limits and benefits of a comparative approach, as well as the problems associated with the use of the term “genocide”.

The focus is on the aftermath of genocide: the impact of genocides on societies, survivors and perpetrators; the important function of justice; the meaning of commemoration and acknowledgement; the issue of genocide denial and misuse of genocide for political means; representation and communication of the topic through the media.

Learning outcome

The candidate can expect to acquire the following knowledge and skills from the successful completion of the course

- compare events, preconditions and motivations that resulted in genocides in different parts of the world at different times, identify similarities and differences and thereby formulate ‘warning signs’ of genocides
- explain legal concepts important in genocide studies, such as “genocide” and “crimes against humanity”, and assess the usefulness and the limitations of the terms in legal practice and in scholarship
- obtain detailed knowledge of the implementation of selected genocides and be able to identify and reflect critically upon the categories of "victim" and "perpetrator"
-give different examples of how perpetrator societies have tried to come to terms with the experience of genocide and assess how these attempts have fostered or undermined social peace

- formulate research questions and identify sources and concepts relevant to answer it
- undertake a critical and independent analysis of written and visual sources
- summarise, evaluate and communicate both orally and in writing a complex topic to a wider audience

Learning methods and activities

Seminar based on discussion of assigned texts and group work. Students have to read and prepare about 1-2 articles/chapter each week.

Compulsory assignments

  • Oral grouppresentation

Further on evaluation

The compulsory assignment takes the form of an oral group presentation on a given topic during the workshop. The student has to pass the obligatory assignment in order to be allowed to the portfolio assessment.
Assessment takes the form of a portfolio assessment. Note that the portfolio assessment comes in addition to the compulsory assignment.
The portfolio comprises the following three assignments: 1) written term paper on topic presented in the workshop (2000 – 3000 words) (counts 40%); 2) essay on a given topic, either written (800 – 1000 words) or delivered in video format or similar (counts 30%); 3) group blogs (about 7) which briefly reflect on the topic and literature discussed in the seminar. Blogs have to published on the internet each week (counts 30%).
According to the study regulations students are only allowed to appeal after the exam results have been published. The student can appeal and retake each assignment, but can also decide to appeal just one of them.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

BA in history or equivalent.

Course materials

See reading list and additional materials published on Blackboard at the beginning of the semester.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 2

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • European Studies
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Psychology
  • Comparative Religion
  • Political Science
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Institutt for historiske og klassiske studier



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 3/10 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 3/10 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Assignment 3/10 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 3/10 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Semester assignment 4/10 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Semester assignment 4/10 ALLE
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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