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Modules

Modules

HIS2087 : A Civilians' War: the Second World War, 1939-1945

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module explores the impact of war on civilians’ lives in 1939-1945, with a particular focus on Western Europe. Rather than concentrating on military aspects or foreign policy, it analyses the aspects that made the Second World War a total war: the impact of propaganda, of bombing and evacuation, of occupation and resistance. The currents of pacifism in contemporary debates will also be investigated.

The aims of this module are:
•To develop understanding of the links between political, cultural and social issues in the history of the Second World War.
•To become familiar with contemporary debates and recent historiography.
•To develop the capacity for independent study.

Outline Of Syllabus

Outline syllabus, intended as a guide only; week-by-week topics may be slightly different to the following.

1. Total war, civilians’ war
2. The path to war
3. War propaganda
4. Intellectuals, writers and artists: attitudes to war and peace
5. The home front: labour, food, living-standards
6. The women’s war:
7. Popular culture and war
8. The bombing war:
9. Occupation, resistance, liberation
10. The legacy of the war and collective memory
11. British wartime films and the myth of the Blitz

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture14:004:00Film Screening
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion661:0066:0040% of guided independent study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading661:0066:0040% of guided independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study321:0032:0020% of guided independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will introduce students to a selected range of historiographical and source material, and will enable students to raise and discuss issues themselves. Lectures impart core knowledge and an outline of knowledge that students are expected to acquire and they stimulate development of listening and note-taking skills.
Seminars encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1351A75N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M25Literature Review (1,500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam tests acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject to new questions, problem-solving skills, adaptability, the ability to work unaided, and to write clearly and concisely.

Work submitted during the delivery of the module forms a means of determining student progress.

The form of the resit is no different from the above, i.e. no marks are carried over from the sit to the resit. Students are not allowed to submit for the resit any work that they have previously submitted.

Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.

All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:

Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.

Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.

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