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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23

Department: History

HIST43830: Media, Culture and Society in Weimar and Nazi Germany

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Not available in 2021/22


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To gain an advanced understanding of themes and debates about media, culture and society in Weimar and Nazi Germany.


  • Adopting an explicitly comparative approach, the module invites students to consider and question the relationship between Weimar and Nazi culture, media and society and to interrogate continuity and change in Germany in this period. The module draws on a wider literature on the nature of the state, the communications revolutions of the early to mid twentieth century and the implications for the changing conceptions of the mass and the individual. Seminars are student-led and constructed around their research interests. The range of themes to be studied may include the fine arts and popular culture, patterns and interpretation of reception, the role of censorship and self-censorship and modernity and retrogression.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • advanced knowledge and understanding of key issues and debates about the nature of culture and power in Weimar and Nazi Germany.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Subject specific skills for this module can be viewed at:
Key Skills:
  • Key skills for this module can be viewed at:

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Student learning is facilitated by a range of teaching methods.
  • Seminars and Group Discussion require students to reflect on and discuss: their prior knowledge and experience; set reading of secondary and, where appropriate, primary readings; information provided during the session. They provide a forum in which to assess and comment critically on the findings of others, defend their conclusions in a reasoned setting, and advance their knowledge and understanding of culture and media in Weimar and Nazi Germany.
  • Structured reading requires students to focus on set materials integral to the knowledge and understanding of the module. It specifically enables the acquisition of detailed knowledge and skills which will be discussed in other areas of the teaching and learning experience.
  • Assessment is by means of a 5000 word essay which requires the acquisition and application of advanced knowledge and understanding of an aspect of the history of culture and media in Weimar and Nazi Germany. Essays require a sustained and coherent argument in defence of a hypothesis, and must be presented in a clearly written and structured form, and with appropriate apparatus.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Seminars 8 Weekly 2 hours 16
Discussion groups 2 Two a term 2 hours 4
Structured reading and essay preparation 280
Total 300

Summative Assessment

Component: Essay Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay 5,000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

One or more short assignments delivered orally and discussed in a group context.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University