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 Course Title:   A Historical View of World War II

 Title Abbreviation:   HISTORY OF WORLD WAR II

 Department:    HIST

 Course #:    240

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    450801

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2014


 Course Description  

A study of World War II, its causes, campaigns, heroes and villains, politics, home fronts, and aftermath.

 Prerequisite  

None

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0


Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Elective  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
CWU 0
U of W 0
WSU T
WWU T

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand the role of World War II in world affairs.
  2. Understand the causes of the war.
  3. Know the participants and the major theaters of the war.
  4. Understand the effect of the war on other peoples and on the post-war era.
  5. Recognize the role of propaganda on human affairs.
  6. Recognize the continuity, permanence and ultimate irrationality of war.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Part I. The roots of the war: The risk of totalitarianism and aggressive nationalism and the pace movement in the U.S.A. and in England (shades of WWI).
  2. Part II. Tactics, strategies, and campaigns of the war: Political factors in determining strategy; Military factors in determining strategy.
  3. Part III. The civilians as victims and participants, and propaganda.
  4. Part IV. Technology, weaponry, inventions, gimmicks such as intelligence.
  5. Part V. The aftermath of war: war crimes trials, Japanese-Americans; political divisions of the former allies; the rise of independence nationalism in the 3rd world (colonial world); Peace as Victor?the United States
  6. Students are asked to ponder similarities between historic and current events/situations; and both actual and potential social responses to those situations
  7. Students are introduced to the need to question the source(s) of historical information; and to become conscious of the difference between historical data and historical interpretation (theory); and to become aware of history as propaganda, as legend, as myth?and to seek reasons why.
  8. Students are encouraged in these through processes through in-class, verbal questioning, and through carefully worded test questions that cannot be answered via simple memorization.
  9. Students are asked to ask who, what, when, where (as historical data); and then to think their way as to why and so what (as theory and interpretation)?especially as they search for causation.