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HSTY2626: Fascism and Antifascism

2024 unit information

How does fascism take root in democratic societies? And what are the means by which fascists exercise power? This unit traces the emergence of authoritarian regimes in Europe after World War One, as well as the movements that arose to resist them. Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and other case studies will be explored through a study of ideology, propaganda, memoirs, art, and cinema.

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Code HSTY2626
Academic unit History
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in History or Ancient History or Asian Studies or Jewish Civilisation, Thought and Culture
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. By studying in depth, in their historical contexts, the important fascist movements in twentieth century Europe you will expand your knowledge of contemporary European history and current political movements, within Europe and without.
  • LO2. You will acquire a critical understanding of the ways in which historians, scholars in other disciplines, creative artists, and commentators in the media have approached the study of fascism, right wing authoritarianism and antifascism.
  • LO3. Pursuing an independent research project culminating in an original essay, you will develop analytical and writing skills.
  • LO4. In conducting research and building bibliographies you will extend your skills in information and digital literacy.
  • LO5. Through group activities and discussions, you will arrive at informed opinions on controversial historical and contemporary issues, developing your collaborative and communication skills.
  • LO6. Through group activities and online discussion you will learn to sensitively communicate and explain comparative social, cultural and institutional differences across historical periods and places, integrating diverse perspectives on the past and understand how exploring how axes of inequality (such as class, gender and racial inequalities) have been historically constructed.
  • LO7. Appreciating how Europe's fascist past informs our own troubled present, you will consider what fascism and antifascism means in the 21st century.

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Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2022
Normal day Remote

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