World War II – HIWD 555

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course is a comprehensive examination of the causes, course, and significance of World War II.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

World War II is the most costly war that the world has ever known and caused significant changes in the world as old power structures collapsed and new ones arose. This course will provide the student the opportunity to explore why the war occurred, how it was fought, and what the consequences were for the 20th century.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify major figures and events in World War II.
  2. Explain how a variety of issues–including political, economic, diplomatic, and cultural factors–influenced the countries involved in World War II.
  3. Demonstrate graduate competencies in reading comprehension, document analysis, research, and historical writing.
  4. Evaluate interpretive and historiographical approaches to the study of World War II.
  5. Apply a Christian worldview to the problems and issues relevant to the study of World War II.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

The student is required to write a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 200–250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 100–150 words.

Bibliography

The student will compile a 10-source Bibliography in current Turabian format (see Turabian Quick Guide on Blackboard under Additional Materials) that focuses on a significant topic or issue (specific battle, military unit, technological innovation, homefront, propaganda, etc.) from World War II. The student should use the JSTOR database to find 5 scholarly articles and the ILRC or Worldcat to find 5 scholarly books on the subject. Students may use other sources for materials as well.

Research Paper

The student will write a 7–8-page Research Paper in current Turabian format (see Turabian Quick Guide on Blackboard under Additional Materials) that focuses on a significant topic or issue (specific battle, military unit, technological innovation, homefront, propaganda, etc.) related to World War II. A study of an individual leader is not allowed. The student must use footnotes in the Turabian format to cite a minimum of 10 scholarly articles, books, or other sources. A bibliography in proper Turabian format must be included at the end of the paper. The bibliography does not count towards the 7-8 page limit.

Book Reviews (3)

The student will write three Book Reviews that focus on each of the following books: Bergen’s War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust, Symonds’ The Battle of Midway, and Makos’ A Higher Call. Each Book Review must be 4–5 pages. Students must use footnotes in current Turabian format (see Turabian Quick Guide on Blackboard under Additional Materials) to cite their examples.

Content Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover both the textbook readings from Parker’s The Second World War as well as the presentations for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a 25-minute time limit.

Piehler Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will cover selected documents in Piehler’s The United States in World War II for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes; contain 10 multiple-choice and true/false questions as well as 1 essay question (a minimum of 200 words is required); and have a 40-minute time limit.