Teaching the Holocaust: Innovative Approaches to the Challenges We Face (FutureLearn)

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Teaching the Holocaust: Innovative Approaches to the Challenges We Face (FutureLearn)
Explore history, delve into pedagogical challenges revealed by research, and find practical solutions for teaching the Holocaust. The Holocaust was the murder of approximately 6 million Jews perpetrated by Nazi Germany and its collaborators. That this atrocity proved possible raises many complex questions which remain relevant for young people today.

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During this course you will enrich your understanding of the history of the Holocaust, hearing from scholars at Yad Vashem, whilst experts from UCL will share their research into teaching and learning about the Holocaust.

By the end of the course you will have also considered innovative pedagogical approaches and resources, becoming empowered to develop your own material.


Syllabus


Week 1

Introduction to the History of the Holocaust: What was the Holocaust?

- Overview of Jewish life before the war;

- The roots of antisemitism;

- The story of the late Holocaust survivor Leon Greenman;

- The beginning and un-folding of the Holocaust 1933-onwards;

- Emigration options for Jewish people and the reception of refugees around the world;

- The beginning of the Second World War and the Holocaust from 1939 onwards;

- The ghettos;

- The development of the ‘Final Solution’;

- Resistance and rescue;

- Concentration and extermination camps;

- Liberation;

- Return to life.


Week 2

- Can young people grasp the enormity of this history?

- What are the challenges that teachers face?

- What do students know and understand about the Holocaust?

- What are the issues in textbooks?

- Using atrocity images? An ethical question;

- What are the implications of misconceptions?

- How do we teach about the Holocaust in a world without survivors?


Week 3

- What are key pedagogical principles to keep in mind?

- How can we apply key pedagogical principles in our teaching practice?

- How can we address misconceptions?

- How can using artefacts deepen student understanding of the Holocaust?

- Theory into practice: Developing your own classroom material.


Who is the course for?

Adults who are engaged in the following work may find this course especially helpful. A basic introduction to the history of the Holocaust will be covered on the course.

- Teachers of high school age students;

- Senior leaders in schools;

- Teacher training providers;

- Further Education lecturers;

- Higher Education lecturers;

- Youth workers;

- Heritage sector educators;

- Informal educators;

- Home school educators;

- Interested parents.



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