HIST281-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Resistance and Collaboration in Nazi Europe

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


This course examines resistance in Nazi-occupied Europe and Nazi Germany in the period 1939 to 1945. Above all, the course investigates the impact of Nazi social, economic and racial policies on European society, and the diverse ways in which 'ordinary' Europeans responded to these politics.

This course examines resistance and collaboration in Germany and Europe under the Nazis. It begins by considering the extent of conformity and consent within Germany and the possibilities for resistance against National Socialism by Germans between 1933 and 1945 by concentrating on four social groups: workers, young people, Christians and conservatives. The course then examines collaboration and resistance in Nazi occupied Europe, where case studies of nations in both Eastern and Western Europe will illustrate the vast range of responses to Nazi rule. In the final sections of the course emphasis will be given to Jewish resistance and the aftermath of Nazi occupation, that is, the retribution taken on collaborators and the way in which narratives about resistance, consent and collaboration have helped shape post-war politics and national identities.

The key questions to be addressed during this course include: How do we define resistance, conformity and collaboration in the context of Nazi Germany and Nazi-occupied Europe? What reasons did people in Nazi-occupied Europe have for either resistance or collaboration? How were their opportunities for resistance or collaboration shaped or curtailed by Nazi political, economic and racial policy? How did Nazi occupation effect the long-term development of Europe after World War Two?

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.


Any 15 points at 100 level in HIST or
CLAS120, or
any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


HIST369, HIST239 before 2011, HIST381

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 A6 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 12:00 - 13:00 A4 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 445 20 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
02 Friday 15:00 - 16:00 E13 20 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct

Course Coordinator

Heather Wolffram


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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

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All HIST281 Occurrences

  • HIST281-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020