HGS 495


Document Type

Course Change

Publication Date

Fall 2008


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: 30 September 2008 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Holocaust Studies, Paul Vincent PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Paul Vincent, pvincent@keene.edu, 8-2722 PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other: prefix change CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: HOLO 495 Seminar Small-group exploration and discussion of problems and issues in Holocaust Studies. May be repeated as topics change to a total of six credits. Prerequisites: HIST 142, HOLO 252/HIST 252, and one 300-level or higher HOLO depth course, or permission of instructor. Occasionally. PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: Abbreviated Course Title, if necessary: HGS 495 Seminar PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: Capstone course, taught by various instructors in the Holocaust and Genocide Studies program. Students will investigate both secondary and primary source material to provide an in-depth analysis of one or more key issues related to the Holocaust and select cases of genocide. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; IHHGS 252/IHHIST 252 and IIHGS 255, and permission of instructor. Fall. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will demonstrate: • knowledge of the Holocaust, its historical and precipitating factors, and its legacy; • understanding of the concept of genocide, as distinct from mass murder, and the circumstances under which it can occur, its precipitating factors, and its legacy; HGS 495 Updated 18 April 2008 2 • an understanding of relevant ethical issues such as prejudice, discrimination, and racism; • the ability to think critically, and write and speak effectively, about issues related to genocide and the Holocaust. RATIONALE: The course prefix is being changed to fit the new Holocaust and Genocide Studies program. In addition, it is essential that students majoring in Holocaust and Genocide Studies are required to grapple individually with the complexities associated with this field. The seminar will provide the opportunity for group examination and discussion of such complexities. It will challenge both students' knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust and the broader field of genocide, requiring them to develop their ideas through written and oral presentation. RESOURCES: The faculty resources outlined in the overall Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program proposal, especially those responsible solely to Holocaust and Genocide Studies, are sufficient to meet the classroom needs for the seminar. The 4,500 volumes and ca. 300 videos currently in the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies are sufficient to meet most needs for the seminar. This resource base is now being systematically enhanced to meet the proposed major's genocide needs (together with the implications of a name change to Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies), especially as this apply to a 400-level offering. The Mason Library supplements the holdings of the Cohen Center and as with any program of study at the College, the Library’s interlibrary loan department serves as appropriate backup for materials held by neither the Cohen Center nor the library. DEPARTMENTAL VOTE: Holocaust Studies: Date 12 September 08 For:_____8_______ Against:____0______ Abstain:____0____ Absent:______0____


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HGS 495