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Syllabus Antisemitism, Antifeminism, Nationalism: Central Europe in the 20th and 21st Century - 54814

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Last update 03-09-2017
HU Credits: 2

Degree/Cycle: 2nd degree (Master)

Responsible Department: european studies

Semester: 2nd Semester

Teaching Languages: English

Campus: Mt. Scopus

Course/Module Coordinator: Dr. Karin Stoegner

Coordinator Email:

Coordinator Office Hours: by prior arrangement

Teaching Staff:
Dr. Karin Stoegner

Course/Module description:
This course focuses on the relations, interconnections, similarities and differences of antisemitism, antifeminism and nationalism as three distinctive ideologies that are nonetheless closely connected. This connection will be theorized and exemplified via historical and contemporary case studies.

Thereby we will apply two perspectives: On the one hand we will look at antisemitism, antifeminism and nationalism as ideologies and analytically elaborate on the social, political and economic conditions that bring them forward. On the other hand we will also focus on the authoritarian personality and the subjective motives of these ideologies.

Course/Module aims:
We will start with considerations concerning a critical theory of antisemitism and connect them to an analysis of antifeminism, thereby also challenging intersectional approaches. On this basis we will closely analyse specific thematic areas in which the interrelation of ideologies become apparent: Fin de Siècle Vienna will be the starting point, followed by the transformations in the interwar period and the catastrophe of National Socialism, and finally the post-war period up to contemporary discourses. The question will be how antisemitism, antifeminism and nationalism are transformed and still serve similar ideological functions, how they interact and how they can stand for and reinforce each other. In doing so, we will perceive these three ideologies as social processes, and thereby put the fixed ideas, the isms, in motion by showing that they are constantly reformulated and reactivated while permeating each other.

Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
Acquisition of general knowledge in ideology critique and ciritcal theory of antisemitism, antifeminism and nationalism. Individual and collective ability to word with theoretical concepts and texts, discuss them in small groups and present them to the class.

Attendance requirements(%):

Teaching arrangement and method of instruction: The teaching is organized as a thematically arranged overview of the interrelations of ideologies.
The students are required to independently read text material that is provided by the course instructor and to write a short summary of each text. On the basis of individual close reading the texts will be discussed in small groups and presented to the class. Short written exam at the end of the term.

Course/Module Content:
Topics that will be part of the course are:

- Critical Theory of antisemitism
- Intersectionality of ideologies
- Constellations of antisemitism, antifeminism, and nationalism: Fin de Siècle, National Socialism, post-war
- Performativity and body constructions

Required Reading:
A detailed reading list and all texts will be provided on moodle

Additional Reading Material:
Recommended reading.

Course/Module evaluation:
End of year written/oral examination 0 %
Presentation 0 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 0 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 100 %
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Additional information:
Percent of Final Grade
End of year written examination/Oral Examination 40%
Assignments (reading and summarizing of texts) 30%
Small group discussion and presentation to the class 30%
Students needing academic accommodations based on a disability should contact the Center for Diagnosis and Support of Students with Learning Disabilities, or the Office for Students with Disabilities, as early as possible, to discuss and coordinate accommodations, based on relevant documentation.
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