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This course examines the rise of Fascist movements in Italy, Germany, France and Eastern Europe during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries before considering the far-right and fascist regimes created by Franco, Mussolini and Hitler. The course also reflects on the state of the European radical right today.
This course examines the rise of fascist movements in Europe following the First World War before considering the fascist regimes created by Mussolini and Hitler. While Italian Fascism and German National Socialism provide the principal and historically most important examples of fascism examined in this course, students will also have the opportunity to learn about numerous other fascist and far-right movements of the inter-war period that failed to reach the regime stage. In the second half of the course, we look at fascism thematically, considering fascists’ approaches to race, gender and violence as well as the attempts of the fascist regimes to shape their citizens’ everyday lives. In the last weeks of the course we will look at both post-war fascism and the state of European neo-fascism and the far-right today.
On completion of HIST393 you will:Demonstrate your understanding of the main theories and debates around fascism and the far-right in Europe by helping construct a course glossary;Apply this understanding of the main theories and debates around fascism and the far-right in Europe by completing your on-line dossier and contributing to a course wiki on contemporary fascist and far-right movements in Europe;Demonstrate an understanding of how fascist movements develop and what makes them successful or unsuccessful by completing your on-line dossier;Demonstrate an understanding of how fascist regimes exercise power and how fascism relates to race, gender, violence and culture by completing an essay on one of these topics;Demonstrate knowledge of the historiography around fascism and the far-right in Europe by addressing these issues in your research essay, and;Apply historical knowledge and historical analogy to contemporary issues by contributing to the course wiki on contemporary fascism and the far-right in Europe and completing the comparative exercise.Skills include:Managing your work and time;Research: locating information and using Library, electronic and other resources; interpreting primary sources;Essay writing;Glossary creation;Dossier compilation (risk assessment);Wiki writing;Editing and constructively criticising your peers’ work;Historical comparison/analogy;Critical analysis and contextualisation of primary sources and historiographical arguments;Basic scholarly conventions: referencing, compiling bibliographies, use of quotation, and;Oral and on-line presentation skills.
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.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Any 30 points at 200 level from HIST, orany 60 points at 200 level from the Schedule V of the BA.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Domestic fee $1,570.00
International fee $7,000.00
* 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.
For further information see
Humanities and Creative Arts.