All students will take the following core modules:
Research Skills in the Study of Holocaust and Genocide: Methodologies and Sources
This module introduces you to the extensive and varied methodological challenges in studying and carrying out research on the Holocaust and/or genocide. Particular attention is paid to: the multi-and interdisciplinary character of studying the Holocaust and genocide and the range of disciplinary and theoretical interpretive frameworks that can be adopted; the methodological challenges posed by the nature of the sources available (in some cases, by the absence, or fragmented nature, of those sources); the importance of context – local, national and transnational in determining interpretations of, and responses to, Holocaust and genocide; and the complexities of remembering, representing and instrumentalising Holocaust and genocide.
The module consists of a series of seminars/workshops by academics working in these fields, reflecting on the particular methodological challenges they have confronted in their research and/or teaching specialisms, with reference to specific examples and case studies focusing on key generic research sources.
Holocaust and Genocide: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
This module explores the complexities and challenges of defining and studying the ‘Holocaust’ and ‘genocide’, both on their own terms and comparatively. Attention will be paid to ongoing disputes over what constitutes appropriate terminology in this subject area. This discussion will be contextualised within the emerging and developing fields of Holocaust studies and genocide studies and the complex and contested historiography of ‘Holocaust’, ‘genocide’ and their interrelationship.
Topics covered may include: ‘the politics of uniqueness’; interpretations of the Holocaust as ‘a mosaic of victims’; the relationship between Holocaust/genocide and war; the complexities of categories such as ‘victims, perpetrators and bystanders’; the significance of gender (e.g., ‘gendercide’); genocide and ‘prevention’; prosecuting war crimes and crimes against humanity; different manifestations of denial; and the growing phenomena of memorial museums and the controversies surrounding ‘exhibiting’ atrocity.
MA students will also take two additional core modules:
Dissertation Preparation and Guided Reading (Holocaust and Genocide)
This module is designed to aid your planning and research for your dissertation. You will be supported to develop the relevant skills and produce a structured framework in the form of the preparation of a research proposal and literature review. During the course of the module you will also become familiar with a range of bibliographic aids for locating relevant primary and secondary sources.
Dissertation or Placement-based Dissertation
If you choose to complete a written dissertation, this will be a substantial and sustained investigation of an aspect of the Holocaust and/or genocide in history and/or memory, culminating in a 15,000-word thesis.
The placement-based dissertation is ideal for those who have begun careers and are returning to study after time in employment, or those who are aiming to enhance their employability by obtaining (further) experience within related professional contexts. The Placement-based Dissertation offers a more applied, contextualised approach to independent research than the more traditional dissertation route. It combines a placement at a relevant institution or organisation (e.g., a museum or NGO) with the production of either a 10,000-word dissertation critically analysing and evaluating reflecting on an aspect of the approach and/or work of the institution hosting the placement, or a report or piece of relevant research, or another form of media output for the placement host (such as a website).
Please note that the optional modules listed on the website for this programme are intended to be indicative, and the availability of optional modules may vary from year to year. Where a module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you to make other choices.