College Course Development

Case Study Highlight: The Visual History Archive in the Classroom

Faculty Name:
Alexis Lerner
Institution Name:
University of Toronto

This upper-level undergraduate course introduced students to data science and applied statistics, with the focus on learning to analyze data through quantitative methods, research design and ethics, and digital humanities tools. Students learned to build datasets from archival material, and to form their own arguments based on data. The USC Visual History Archive was one of the datasets used for this purpose.

List of courses taught around the world using archive testimony

A total of 666 courses at 59 universities have drawn upon the Institute’s testimonies in more than 25 academic disciplines. The courses demonstrate the range of topics and themes that the Institute’s archive of video testimonies can help illuminate. Use the table below to see what the trends are for testimony-enhanced courses taught at colleges and universities around the world.

Institution Course Title Department/Discipline Term Instructor
Freie Universität Berlin Lifestories and Collective Memory ("Visual History Archive" of the Shoah Foundation Institute) Institute for German and Dutch Philology 2007 Winter Irmela von der Lühe
Freie Universität Berlin Germany, the Holocaust and Europe Political Science 2009 Summer Götz Aly
Freie Universität Berlin National Socialism in Germany and It's Consequences Sociology 2012 Summer Helgard Kramer-Washington
Freie Universität Berlin Conveying History in the Internet Public History 2015 Winter Christine Bartlitz
Freie Universität Berlin Memory and Justice Jewish Studies 2007 Winter Silvia Cresti
Freie Universität Berlin Historical learning History 2009 Summer Christine Gundermann
Freie Universität Berlin Autobiographical memory and mental disorders Psychology 2010 Summer Babette Renneberg
Freie Universität Berlin The Nazi-Era and the Holocaust in Children and Youth Literature Institute for German and Dutch Philology 2012 Summer Fabian Wendler
Freie Universität Berlin Victims’ Voices - Oral History on National Socialism and Holocaust in History Education Education 2012 Summer Christina Isabel Brüning
Freie Universität Berlin The Expelling of Polish Jews out of Berlin in 1938. History of Experiences, Archive Research, Making Visible East European Studies 2015 Winter Gertrud Pickhan, Alina Bothe
Freie Universität Berlin Policy of Extermination: The Nazi Genocide of European Jews Political Science 2007 Winter Hajo Funke, Johannes Tuchel
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Berlin Jewish Studies 2009 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Historical learning with the Visual History Archive History 2010 Summer Martin Lücke
Freie Universität Berlin Victims’ Voices - Oral History on National Socialism and Holocaust in History Education Education 2012 Summer Verena-Lucia Nägel
Freie Universität Berlin Qualitative Research Methodologies in Political Science Political Science 2007 Winter Sabine Pokorny
Freie Universität Berlin National Socialism in Germany and It's Consequences Sociology 2009 Summer Helgard Kramer-Washington
Freie Universität Berlin Jewish Berlin Jewish Studies 2010 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Digital History Public History 2012 Winter Daniel Burckhardt
Freie Universität Berlin Selected Topics on the History of Public Communication: Image-Text Journalism History 2007 Winter Bernd Sösemann
Freie Universität Berlin Testimony in Film: The Relevance for the Culture of Remebrance in Germany Political Science 2009 Summer Verena-Lucia Nägel
Freie Universität Berlin National Socialism in Germany and Its Consequences: Sinti and Roma under National Socialism and Photography of the Holocaust Sociology 2010 Summer Helgard Kramer-Washington
Freie Universität Berlin Introduction to the Teaching of History Education 2010 Winter Martin Lücke
Freie Universität Berlin Historical Learning in the migration society Education 2012 Winter Lars Deile
Freie Universität Berlin Transnational Migration and Interwoven History Latin American Studies 2007 Winter Franka Bendemagel, Birgit zur Nienden
Freie Universität Berlin The Holocaust as a Subject for History Teaching and the Teaching of History Education 2009 Summer Martin Lücke
Freie Universität Berlin Research Tools for Jewish Studies Researchers Judaism 2013 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin Italy and Germany: Similarities and Differences Political Science 2010 Winter Edith Pichler
Freie Universität Berlin Introduction to Didactics of German German Philology 2012 Winter Florian Urschel Sochaczewski
Freie Universität Berlin "Spielberg" Film Studies 2008 Summer Bernhard Gross
Freie Universität Berlin What Christians can learn from Judaism! Impetus for new ways of teaching Catholic Theology 2009 Summer Michael Brinkhoff
Freie Universität Berlin On the Representation of History: Memory Cultures in Europe after 1945 History 2013 Winter Arnd Bauerkämper
Freie Universität Berlin Tools of the Trade for Jewish Studies Researchers Judaism 2014 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin / Touro College Tolerance in Conflict Jewish Studies 2014 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin / Touro College Tolerance in Conflict Jewish Studies 2015 Summer Klaus Herrmann
Freie Universität Berlin / Touro College Tolerance in Conflict Jewish Studies 2015 Winter Klaus Herrmann
Goucher College Holocaust Testimonies: History and Memory German, History, Judaic Studies 2016 Fall Uta Larkey
Goucher College Oral Histories of Holocaust Survivors—Telling Their Stories German, History, Judaic Studies 2012 Fall Uta Larkey
Goucher College History, Literature, and Film on the Holocaust German, History, Judaic Studies 2012 Fall Uta Larkey
Goucher College Holocaust Testimonies: History and Memory German, History, Judaic Studies 2015 Fall Uta Larkey
Grand Valley State University The Holocaust Honors Seminar 2015 Fall Robert Franciosi
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Berlin under National Socialism History 2013 Summer Susanne Willems
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Jewish Survivors and Jewish Life in Postwar Germany (1945-1951) History 2014 Summer Atina Grossmann
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Oral History as Method in Scandinavian Historiography History 2006 Winter Izabella Dahl
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Research Workshop on the Former Uckerman Youth Concentration Camp Political Science, Gender Studies 2008 Summer Anette Dietrich, Andrea Nachtigall
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Holocaust: Memory and Gender Cultural Studies 2008 Winter Atina Grossmann
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Cultures of Remembrance in conflict. WW2 in European Remembrance Culture Political Science 2009 Winter Tobias Schneider, Edith Pichler
Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Berlin under National Socialism - Archives and Collections History 2010 Winter Christoph Kreutzmüller, Eva Balz
Illinois State University Doing History - Through Their Eyes: Jewish Responses to Nazi Persecution and the Holocaust History 2013 Fall Katrin Paehler
Keene State College Peace Studies Holocaust & Genocide Studies 2016 Fall Ashley Greene
Michigan State University Historical Methods and Skills: The United States and the Holocaust History 2016 Fall Karen Fermaglich

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