HIST381-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

The Third Reich: Terror, Complicity and Resistance

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


This course examines the rise of Nazism in Germany and the responses of Germans to it, including complicity and resistance. Beginning in 1919, the course traces the fortunes of the NSDAP during the Weimar Republic, explains their seizure of power in 1933 and their domestic and foreign policy up until the Second World War, concluding with an examination of the genocidal war they waged between 1939 and 1945.

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 30 points at 200 level from HIST, or
any 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA.


Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 E6 Lecture Theatre
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 10:00 E14 Lecture Theatre
17 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 251
24 Jul - 27 Aug
11 Sep - 22 Oct

Course Coordinator

Heather Wolffram


Please check the course Learn page for further details and updates.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,641.00

International fee $7,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

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  • HIST381-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023