Course Summary
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History 311: The Holocaust & World War II
44 hours and 20 weeks
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 History of the Holocaust


The course objective is to examine major historical events pertaining to the rise of antisemitism in Nazi Germany, all the way through the Jewish liberation, the end of WWII, and the war's aftermath.

Learning Outcomes:

  • analyze how antisemitism and Nazi racial ideology contributed to the formation of the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question”
  • identify the victims and perpetrators of the Holocaust
  • summarize the major components of the Holocaust (isolation of Jews from mainstream society, removal of Jews from society to places such as ghettos, the euthanasia programs, death by mass shootings, death in labor camps and the killing centers, reactions to the persecution and murder of the Jews by non-Jews, and resistance by Jews and non-Jews)
  • argue whether the "Final Solution" was planned prior to the beginning of WWII or evolved over the course of the war in response to the changing circumstances of the conflict
  • compare the Holocaust to other instances of genocide (including reactions by the international community) after World War II

General Course Topics:

  • Introduction to the Holocaust & World War II Major Events & Battles in WWII Europe Antisemitism & the Rise of Nazi Germany Early Persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany Escalation of Nazi Persecution of German Jews Mass Extermination & Ghettos in World War II Europe World War II & Nazi Police Groups Nazi Escalation in Europe & the Final Solution Resistance & Participation in the Holocaust The End of WWII & Jewish Liberation Aftermath of World War II & the Holocaust
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials