Undergraduate Module Descriptor

PHL2046: The Holocaust and Society

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.


NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Nigel Pleasants (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


In this module you will investigate the nature and causes of the Nazi Holocaust and reflect on the continuing significance of this momentous event for our understanding of human nature and social organisation. You will draw on theories, methodologies and concepts from sociology, social psychology, historical explanation and moral philosophy. The module combines historical and social scientific inquiry with philosophical reflection on the nature and significance of the Holocaust and kindred events, processes and institutions. In virtue of its interdisciplinary ethos, the module is delivered simultaneously to sociology students (taking SOC2046 & SOC3046) and philosophy students (taking PHL2046 & PHL3046), showing how historical and social scientific explanation and understanding of the Holocaust and kindred phenomena inevitably raises questions of a philosophical nature.

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