James R Felak
Advanced seminar examining central issues in historiography. Emphasizes reading, discussion, and writing.
Pope Pius XII, the Second World War, and the Holocaust
Was Pope Pius XII "Hitler's Pope," as one of his leading critics contends? Or was he a saint, as some of his defenders argue? This course will examine historical controversies concerning Pius XII and the Catholic Church within the context of the Second World War and the Holocaust.
Students will do weekly readings and discussions, write a series of short (4 to 5 page) papers on the weekly readings, and present an oral report on some aspect of the issues under discussion. Prerequisite: some familiarity with 20th century European history.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Weekly readings, discussions, and papers.
Some acquaintance with the history of the 20th century, or with the history of the Catholic Church.
Class assignments and grading
5 short response papers-4 to 5 pages (on the readings) weekly class discussions a 10-minute oral presentation
short papers--50% (10% each) discussion--30% oral presentation--20%