HGS 356


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 pvincent@keene.edu PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Henry Knight, 358-2949, hknight@keene.edu PROPOSED ACTION: Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other: CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: Abbreviated Course Title, if necessary: HGS 356 The Holocaust and the Christian World Short title: Holocaust and Christian World PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: Explores relationship between Christianity and Judaism with special attention to historic antipathies, their role in preparing European culture for the Holocaust, and mixed legacies of contempt and good will that distinguished Christian persecution, resistance and rescue during the Third Reich. Analyzes responses to this difficult history and its ongoing impact. Prerequisite: IHHGS 252/IHHIST 252, or permission of instructor. Spring, odd years. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students will demonstrate: • Knowledge of Christianity’s role in the complex development of antisemitism. • An ability to explore and analyze the role of religion in general and Christianity in particular with regard to complex set of factors that contributed to the Holocaust. ��� An ability to think critically as well as write and speak effectively about the issues specific to Christianity’s relationship to Judaism in the light of the Holocaust. HGS 356 Updated 18 April 2008 2 RATIONALE: The Holocaust cannot adequately be understood without coming to terms with the religious dimensions of its violence. That reality is best understood by a frank and disciplined investigation of Christianity’s difficult history with Judaism including an examination of the ways in which Christianity has built its confessional and institutional identities with negative portrayals of Jews and Judaism. Even so, that history is only part of the story, with Christianity also demonstrating critical moments of resistance, solidarity and rescue on behalf of its Jewish neighbors. Understanding this mixed legacy is a necessary component in recognizing why the Holocaust is, in the words of the former chair of the US Holocaust Memorial Council, Irving Greenberg, a “reorienting event” for both Judaism and Christianity. RESOURCES: While other faculty in the program in Holocaust Studies offer expertise in related areas, the current Director of the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies, Henry Knight, has focused his research on the Holocaust as a post-Holocaust Christian Theologian and offered courses in Religious Studies on this topic for the last 25 years. This course would benefit directly from his scholarship and from his involvement on the Church Relations Committee of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, on which he serves. Additional resources, of course, include the collection of the Cohen Center and the network of campus and community support for pursuing this topic. DEPARTMENTAL VOTE: Holocaust Studies: Date 12 September 08 For:_____8_______ Against:____0______ Abstain:____0____ Absent:______0____


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HGS 356