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HSTY2626: Fascism and Antifascism

This unit will examine the origins and development of the movements of the New Right that emerged in Europe after World War One, paying particular attention to their political, social and cultural manifestations as well as the movements on the left that attempted to confront what was seen as a new political phenomenon. The unit will use primary material of literature, diaries, cinema and photography as well as the more conventional sources of political and historical analysis.

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

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.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.