HST2039: Coercion and Consent in the Third Reich

20 credits (semester 1)

Module Leader: Dr Stephanie Wright



Pass in at least two of the Level One modules History Units HST112-121.


Module Summary

This module will introduce you to sources and literature that explore the relationship between state and society in Nazi Germany. With particular emphasis on exploring the extent to which support for the regime resulted from coercion or popular consent, it aims to give you a nuanced understanding of the nature of National Socialism, its appeal and effectiveness as well as its contradictions and limitations. You will consider documents and interpretations that consider 'resistance' and 'collaboration', which will aid their analysis of the choices and constraints that shaped the relationship between the Nazi state and society.



This module will:

  • Give you a firm knowledge of the origins, ideology and intentions of the National Socialist regime.
  • Enable you through close scrutiny of sources to interrogate the techniques used in attempting to gain compliance and consent from the German population.
  • Provide you with a nuanced understanding of life in Nazi Germany through focusing on particular sections of society, their relationships with the regime, and the documentary trail they left.
  • Foster  your  ability  effectively  to  analyse  primary  sources  in  light  of  historiographical knowledge.
  • Develop teamwork  skills  among  students  and  promote  collaborative  learning.
  • Develop  your presentation  skills  and  confidence  in  presenting  their  ideas orally.
  • Develop students’ writing skills and ability to express themselves in clear, cogent prose, in both longer and shorter pieces of work.


Teaching and Assessment

Lectures will provide you with a broad knowledge of National Socialism and scholarly interpretations of it. They will also introduce you to important sources for exploring questions about coercion and consent and introduce some of the hermeneutic challenges the document present. Seminars will provide you with the opportunity to establish to what extent displays of popular support for the regime can be attributed to coercion and/or consent, which will be considered through close analysis of a range of primary sources and secondary literature, and will provide space for you to present your own analyses, individually or as part of a group.

Information on assessment can be found at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/history/current_students/undergraduate/assessment/level2


Intended Learning Outcomes
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