The mutating virus of antisemitism from ancient template to Holocaust denial

Ref: C2345678

Anti-Semitism is far from new. It was a feature of early Christianity and was common in mediaeval Europe – not least England. In the twentieth century the Holocaust murdered millions and shamed Europe. But anti-Semitism did not die. This course, arranged jointly with the University of Nottingham, explore what anti-Semitism is, and how it has changed. Contributions will include discussion of anti-Semitism in three historical and modern contexts, the relationship between anti-Semitism and phenomena such as Zionism, Christianity, and Holocaust denial, and conspiracy theories such as “blood libel”. David Halliwell (WEA, Co-ordinating tutor), Thomas O’Loughlin (Professor Emeritus of Historical Theology, University of Nottingham), Dr Anna Rich-Abad (Assistant Professor in Medieval History, University of Nottingham), Maiken Umbach (Professor of Modern History, University of Nottingham).

Course aim

The course aims to study the mutating virus of antisemitism, from ancient template to modern conspiracy theories.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline and http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • This is a live lecture delivered by a subject specialist in an online webinar video learning platform. You will need to be able to access the internet on a device with speakers or earphones. There will be opportunities to take part in discussions and chats. If you’d like to know how to use Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • The course provides a unique opportunity to explore key aspects of antisemitism, through three live lectures by eminent historians and participatory feedback.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Discuss the early seeds of antisemitism sown during the origins and spread of Christianity
  • Explain the reasons why Jews were persecuted throughout history and the frequent explosions of anti-Jewish violence and dissemination of hateful stereotypes during the Middle Ages
  • Consider how Jews were imagined as a uniquely powerful enemy: at the core of an international conspiracy, backed by Jewish finance, aiming to overthrow national sovereignty, exploit populations, and promoting inter-racial mixing to weaken the natural power of Aryan races.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • Most of your learning will take place in your class, but one or two sessions will be online using WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas, working by yourself or engaging with other students. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • The course is in the form of three lectures on key aspects of antisemitism with opportunities for discussion and debate.

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit: http://bit.ly/ZoomSpec
  • You will also need access to the internet outside of your sessions. You could do this using a smart phone, tablet, laptop or a desktop computer (at home or through a library etc.).
  • You will need a personal email address to join the WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas so that you can receive resources, record your progress and achievement and to work with others and share ideas. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit: http://bit.ly/WEAonline
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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The mutating virus of antisemitism from ancient template to Holocaust denial

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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