Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Hitler, Appeasement and the road to war ADED11276

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course is an assessment of Britain's Appeasement policy and the key roles played by Adolf Hitler and Chamberlain in the events that led to the outbreak of the Second World War. It looks at Hitler's foreign-policy aims, why appeasement became British foreign policy and, most extensively, the role of Chamberlain and appeasement in the unfolding international crisis of the late 1930s.


2 hours per week for 5 weeks

Block 4: Wednesdays, 11am-1pm (weeks1-5)  

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

1) To give students a critical understanding of the origins and impact of Britain's policy of appeasing the Nazi regime in the 1930s

2) To allow for students to identify, assess and engage with a wide selection of relevant contemporary sources.

3) To improve history-specific intellectual skills already acquired or to assist those studying history as a discipline for the first time in acquiring such skills.

4) To promote a capacity to evaluate conflicting historical interpretations and controversies of appeasement

5) An awareness of the importance of debate in History

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Students will be able to:

Identify the main themes and developments in relation to the history of Hitler and appeasement 


Critically analyse some of the important scholarly debates relating to Hitler and appeasement


Find, use and critically evaluate a variety of relevant primary and secondary source materials.

The above will be demonstrated through discussion in class. 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits