Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behaviour

August 8, 2017
Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behaviour

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Democracy at Risk: Holocaust and Human Behaviour

How is history shaped by hatred, indifference, and denial, as well as by caring, compassion, and responsibility? In this course we will consider issues such as identity, membership, and judgment while learning about the Holocaust. We will explore ways to address young people’s concerns about exclusion and inclusion and stereotyping using the lens of history. The seminar will conclude by exploring what it means to be an active citizen in a democracy.

In today’s world, questions of how to best build and maintain democratic societies that are pluralistic, open, and resilient to violence are more relevant than ever. Studying the Holocaust allows students to wrestle with profound moral questions raised by this history and fosters their skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking, empathy, and civic engagement—all of which are critical for sustaining democracy. In this three-day seminar—featuring the fully revised, printed edition of Holocaust and Human Behavior—teachers will:

  • Learn current scholarship on the history of the Holocaust and new research focused on human behavior, group dynamics, and bias
  • Increase their 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 text, think critically, and discuss controversial issues respectfully


This seminar is intended for teachers of history and other social sciences, English, arts, media, philosophy, and politics. 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.

In this seminar you will receive a free copy of Holocaust and Human Behavior.

After this seminar you will become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia.

The learning strategies that will be shared in this seminar are applicable to the Ontario curriculum and can be used by teachers of history and other social sciences, English, arts, media, philosophy, and politics. Participants will gain strategies, resources and skills to bring rich inquiry and meaningful dialogue into their classrooms.

PLEASE NOTE: We are pleased to announce that this seminar will now be sponsored by the ONTARIO TEACHERS’ FEDERATION, as part of their 2017 Summer Institute.  Registration will begin through the OTF’s 2017 Summer Institute website on 1st June:  


For further information, contact: [email protected].

George Brown College
Toronto, ON
August 8, 2017 - August 10, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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