• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History, Museums and Collections, European Studies, Heritage Studies, Politics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ben Mercer
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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This course examines how Nazism and Nazi Germany have been remembered, represented, memorialised and debated since 1945. Through an examination of legal trials, museum exhibitions, individual memory, literature, popular culture and historiography, we will examine how the memory and representation of Hitler, Nazism and the Holocaust have been debated and transformed, both in Germany and around the globe. Which aspects of Nazism has the postwar world remembered and what has been forgotten? What are the lessons and legacies of Nazism and which practices of memory have conveyed them successfully? 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. demonstrate a knowledge of the remembrance, historicisation and memorialisation of Nazism;
  2. identify and analyse the key concepts in the study of historical memory;
  3. critically analyse the representation of the past in a variety of different media; and
  4. undertake a research project evaluating the efficacy of a particular representation of the Nazi past.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Historiographical Review (2,000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Research Proposal (500 words) (10) [LO 4]
  3. Research Essay (4,000 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Tutorial or online Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  5. Research Presentation (10 minutes) (10) [LO 1,2,3]

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The mode of delivery for this course may be either in person or online:

In person: 130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of seminars and 12 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities.

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Online: 130 hours of total student learning time made up from

a) 36 hours of contact in workshop format or through online activities.

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Not required

Preliminary Reading

James E. Young, ‘Memory and Monument,’ in: Geoffrey Hartman (ed.): Bitburg in Moral and Political Perspective (Bloomington 1986) 103-114.

Wolfgang Benz, ‘A memorial for whom?’ in Materials on the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, (Berlin 2005), 30-39

Edward Linenthal, Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America's Holocaust. Museum (Columbia University Press, 2001)


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3630
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5580
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4125 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person View
4370 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 Online View

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