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In the Shadow of the Holocaust and of the Communism: Jews in the USSR and in European Communist Countries after WWII

Program: 
European Cultures
ECTS: 
6
Lecturer: 
Bożena Szaynok, PhD
Type: 
Optional
Seminar
Number of hours: 
2h X 15 weeks = 30 hours (1 semester)
Objective: 

The Knowledge of the Holocaust and its aftermath,
The Knowledge of history of Jewish communities in East European countries
The Understanding of the issues of Communism and its policy towards Jewish subjects.
Getting acquainted with the mutual relations between authority and different groups in a society
The Knowledge of selected issues dealing with the history of the Middle East, the Israel , Soviet Union as well as of the communist countries.

Assessment: 

The total number of ECTS points is added after completion of the course, i.e. passing an exam, writing an essay, taking active part in discussions.

Prerequisites: 

A potential candidate is supposed to be familiar with examples of official and popular narratives on the history of Europe in the 20th century, moreover he should to analyse historical sources on the basis of which he should be able to form a general picture of the period.

Contents: 

The History of the Holocaust and its aftermath,
The History of Jewish communities in East European countries
The issues of Communism and its policy towards Jewish subjects.
Selected issues of the history of the Middle East, Israel , the Soviet Union as well as  communist countries.

Student:

- gets acquainted with  the role historical narratives played in European cultures

Has demonstrated the understanding  of the consequences which  political and economic  factors  have on  societies

has demonstrated the knowledge of factors shaping contemporary European societies

is able to analyse historical narratives critically, by putting them in the context of contemporary cultural, political and social issues 

Has demonstrated the knowledge and  understanding of matters connected with social identity
 
Has the  understanding of political changes influence on societies