Course title and instructor

Psychology and the Holocaust

Carol Enns, psychology professor

Syllabus description

This course examines psychological and interdisciplinary perspectives on the Holocaust through travel and study in Eastern Europe. The course itinerary includes Jewish communities and cities that were affected by the Holocaust (Vienna, Prague, Budapest, and Krakow/Auschwitz), death/concentration camps and museums that are relevant to the Holocaust, various cultural and historical sites within these Eastern European settings, and locations/museums that are relevant to the practice of psychology. The historical, cultural, and sociocultural context of the Holocaust and psychology’s roots in Eastern Europe will receive attention as will events, cultural changes, and forms of government that emerged prior to and following World War II. 

Course highlights

  • Experience and appreciate the rich cultural and social traditions and customs of Eastern Europe
  • Develop "wayfinding" skills and tools for independent and small-group exploration of new locations and cultural contexts
  • Explore psychology's roots in Vienna/Europe and the impact of the Holocaust on psychology
  • Use knowledge of the Holocaust to inform peace psychology and the prevention of genocide
  • Explore appropriate memorialization and remembrance of the Holocaust, including critiques of "Holocaust tourism"