HIST393-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Fascism and the Far-Right in Europe

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.
    • 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.

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


Recommended Preparation

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 A9 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 A9 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 Ernest Rutherford 460
26 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Heather Wolffram

Indicative Fees

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.

All HIST393 Occurrences

  • HIST393-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021