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HIST3270 The Third Reich, 1933-1945

40 creditsClass Size: 16

Module manager: Dr LL Waddington

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as a discovery module


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1) Show a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the domestic issues within Nazi Germany.
2) Display an analytical understanding of the determinants of German foreign policy under the National Socialist regime.
3) Display knowledge and understanding of the role of Nazi ideology in both domestic and foreign issues.
4) Display advanced historical skills of interpretation and argument.

Skills outcomes
Further enhances Common Skills listed below:

- High-level skills in oral and written communication of complex ideas.
- Independence of mind and self-discipline and self-direction to work effectively under own initiative.
- Ability to locate, handle and synthesize large amounts of information.
- Capacity to employ analytical and problem-solving abilities.
- Ability to engage constructively with the ideas of their peers, tutors and published sources.
- Empathy and active engagement with alternative cultural contexts.

- Skills in interpretation and analysis of complex documentary-based material.


In this module students will examine the domestic and foreign policies of the Third Reich between 1933 and 1945. Central topics will include the formative years of the NSDAP and the development of its ideology; Hitler's accession to and consolidation of power; terror, repression and resistance; the escalation and radicalisation of racial and eugenics policies; the determinants and course of Nazi foreign policy; the 'New Order' - Nazi Germany's war of racial conquest in Eastern Europe and the 'Final Solution'; the defeat and collapse of the Third Reich.

Students will have the opportunity to engage with and evaluate a wide range of primary sources which will be made available in translation. In their assessed essays and dissertation they will be able to explore in greater detail aspects of the Third Reich which particularly interest them. No knowledge of German is required.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours356.00
Total Contact hours44.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)400.00

Private study

- Exam preparation;
- researching, preparing, and writing assignments;
- undertaking set reading; and
- self-directed reading around the topic;
= 356 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contributions to class discussions, two assessed exercises, an exercise or exercises worth 10% of module marks.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
AssignmentPresentation and gobbet exercise, formats to be determined by tutor.10.00
Essay1 x 4,000 word written essay to be submitted by 12 noon on Monday of exam week 2 in January40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment48 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:25:07


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