Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior

Holocaust and Human Behavior

Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behavior

Registration for this course has closed. If you are interested in taking this course, registration is open our September offering. If you have questions, please contact us at [email protected].

In today’s global climate, the urgency of sustaining democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence is more pressing than ever. Studying the Holocaust and human behavior allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history while fostering their skills in ethical and moral  reasoning, critical analysis, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical habits of mind for sustaining democracy.


In this facilitated online course—featuring the fully revised edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior—you will:

  • Learn current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behavior, group dynamics, and bias
  • Increase your ability to facilitate respectful classroom discussions on difficult issues such as racism, antisemitism, and other forms of exclusion in a way that invites personal reflection and critical analysis
  • Learn a new way of structuring curriculum to help students connect history to their own lives and the choices they make
  • Engage with classroom-ready multimedia resources and learn how to build a customized unit that meets your curriculum objectives
  • Discover new teaching strategies that help students interrogate texts, write and think critically, as well as discussing controversial issues respectfully

Independent evaluation has shown that implementing Facing History’s approach improves students’ higher-order thinking skills, increases students’ civic efficacy and engagement with civic matters, and increases students’ tolerance for others who hold contrary views from their own.



Who should take this course: 6–12th grade world history, U.S. history, humanities, English language arts teachers and curriculum specialists.

Cost: Free

Duration: 5 weeks. There is a new session each week. Sessions begin on Thursday and end on the following Wednesday.

Time Commitment: Approximately 3 hours per week

Pacing: Self-paced, asynchronous with facilitated discussions and webinars

Certificate of Completion: Awarded upon successful completion of the course for 20 professional development hours

6.28.18 - 8.2.18
Course Type:
Online Course

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