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This course focuses on some of the most important and controversial debates in the historiography of modern Europe. Students will be encouraged to explore these debates in detail, to consider the historiographical context within which these debates have taken place, and to arrive at their own views based on their extensive research in primary and secondary sources.
Students will explore two key themes: the origins of wars, and the history of genocides. During the course we will look in details at: (1) the origins of the First World War; (2) the origins of the Second World War; (3) The Holocaust; (4) The Armenian genocide. Students will then finish the course with a group task considering how far and how appropriately different historical events with a similar theme (i.e. the origins of wars; genocides) can be compared.
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.
Subject to approval of the Head of Department.
HIST438, HIST448, EURO448, DIPL418, DIPL423, DIPL428
Domestic fee $1,937.00
International Postgraduate fees
* 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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