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The UWS School of Education is recognised as one of the most innovative providers of education degrees in Scotland and the UK (1st in Scotland, Guardian University Guide, 2018 / 2nd in UK, Complete University Guide, 2019).

  • career-focused undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees in early years, primary education and youth and community education, and initial teacher education through our Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) qualifications
  • continuing or career-long professional development for qualified practitioners via a range of online Masters (MEd and MSc) and blended learning modules
  • educational research initiatives and offer a range of full-time and part-time research degree options (MRes, MPhil, PhD and DProf) 


Citizenship & Holocaust Education (Master's Module)

This single master's module (Scottish Credit & Qualification Framework,Level 11) provides a professional learning opportunity for primary and secondary teachers and educators in the wider community sector on Holocaust and Holocaust Education. It considers Holocaust and Holocaust Education in relation to Scottish/UK government policies and wider philosophical, socio-political, religious and cultural perspectives.

Key facts

  • Start Date: 07 January 2019
  • Delivery: Online with optional face-to-face learning
  • Cost: £540
  • Credits: 20 credits, Level 11
  • Entry Requirements: Applicants must satisfy admission requirements for Master's modules offered by UWS and should normally hold an undergraduate degree in a related discipline. Exceptions may be made in the case of applicants who can demonstrate significant relevant experience together with recent academic study

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More about this module


This blended learning module gives you the opportunity to enhance your professional practice in, and understanding of a wide range of relevant themes in Citizenship and Holocaust Education.

Learning and teaching contexts and implications for practitioners and learners in schools,museum and wider community contexts will be examined. Learning within this module is focussed on five main themes:

  • Critical Perspectives and Principles of Citizenship and Holocaust Education
  • Citizenship and Holocaust Education in the Curriculum
  • Teaching Pedagogies involved in Citizenship and Holocaust Education
  • Antisemitism
  • Evaluation and Interpretation of Sources used in Antisemitism, Citizenship and Holocaust Education

The module will encourage you to reflect upon and enhance your practice and understanding of these issues.

The blended learning approach involves an optional face-to-face workshop and online work using the University’s interactive e-learning environment. This offers participants great flexibility, as they can undertake the work of the module at times of their own choosing.

Materials are supplied online and the system allows access to both electronic journals and e-books. Participants are expected to contribute to the discussion forums on the module’s themes.

Your Learning

This module has been designed to allow participants to develop a critical stance in understanding the Holocaust and Holocaust Education in relation to government policies, citizenship initiatives and wider philosophical, socio-political, religious and cultural perspectives.

In particular, this module places the Holocaust in its historical and religious perspective, examines it in relation to Judaism (as both a religious and cultural marker), the genocidal policy towards Jews and Roma, the mass murder policies towards other groups, such as gay, disabled and Slavonic people, and reflects on the lessons that can be drawn from the Holocaust for the world today.

Specifically, the module will focus on developing participants’ understanding of key issues in the discourse and effective teaching pedagogies for primary and secondary school contexts, and examine how Citizenship Education can be explored through Holocaust Education.

Participants will engage with relevant textual and audio visual resources (through the University’s VLE) and have opportunities to reflect on their own practice and professional development in Holocaust studies.

You will be encouraged to reflect upon, and enhance your practice through engagement with these themes.

A written assessment will be submitted in early May 2019 in order to complete the module.

Upon successful completion you will gain 20 credits at Masters’ level (level 11).

Career Development

This module will enhance practitioners’ knowledge, practice and expertise in Citizenship and Holocaust Education. As a Masters’ level qualification, it will make a significant contribution to paticipants’ Career-long Professional Learning (CPL).

Further Study

This module can contribute to wider Master's degrees within the university, such as MEd Enhanced Educational Practice, MSc Education or MSc Leadership of Learning, allowing participants to complete a full Master's course.

Last updated: 31/10/2018