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Course Syllabus: The Gulf War


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Course Description

In 1990-1991, the United States of America, under President George H. W. Bush, along with several allied nations launched a massive military operation in the tiny nation of Kuwait at the northern boundary of the Persian Gulf. This was the first war following Viet Nam in which America was actively involved in a combat role. Indeed, the United States played a key part in organizing, funding, building, executing, and maintaining the war. It was a historic confrontation in that it was the most widely-seen war in history, covered heavily on television, radio, internet, and other media outlets across the globe.

Beginning with Operation Desert Shield, which yielded to the much larger Operation: Desert Storm, this conflict became known as the First Gulf War. This course will examine the history and setting of the Gulf War, the motivations for fighting it, the strategies and tactics that were used, and the battles that were fought. In addition, an examination of how the Gulf War changed the nature of war, the reaction to the conflict at home, and dealing with the aftermath will be undertaken to provide a detailed and comprehensive overview of the conflagration.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Goals and Objectives

Course Goals:

 

-       Students will examine the history and setting of the Gulf War

-       Students will learn motivations for fighting it

-       Students will learn the strategies and tactics that were used, and the battles that were fought.

-       Students will learn how the Gulf War changed the nature of war, the reaction to the conflict at home, and dealing with the aftermath will be undertaken to provide a detailed and comprehensive overview of the conflagration.


Course Objectives:

Lesson 1: Setting the Stage: A Very Brief History of the Middle East, Part I

Lesson 2: Setting the Stage: A Very Brief History of the Middle East, Part lI

Lesson 3: The Nations of Iraq and Kuwait: Their Geography and History

Lesson 4: Major Players - Who's Who in the Gulf War

Lesson 5: Gulf War & Middle East Glossary, Part I

Lesson 6: Gulf War and Middle East Glossary, Part II

Lesson 7: Saddam Hussein: The Leader of Iraq

Lesson 8: Israel, Oil, Terrorism, and Hostages: The Decade Before the Storm

Lesson 9: Saddam's Battle Plan: Rationale and Weaponry

Lesson 10: A New Breed of Soldier, A New Kind of War

Lesson 11: The Iraqi Invasion

Lesson 12: The United States Mobilizes

Lesson 13: Operation Desert Shield

Lesson 14: Operation Desert Storm, Part I: Setting the Stage

Lesson 15: Operation Desert Storm, Part II: Air War

Lesson 16: Operation Desert Storm, Part III: Ground War

Lesson 17: The End of the War, the Media, and the Aftermath

Lesson 18: Appendix: General Timeline of the Gulf War. Works Sited.

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know the reasons and evidence for going to war.
  • Know the history and conflicts of the nations involved.
  • Identify who's who in the gulf war.
  • Describe Saddam Hussein.
  • Describe the history leading up to the war, including the role of Israel, oil, terrorism, and hostages.
  • Describe Saddam's battle plan.
  • Know the Iraqi invasion.
  • Operation Desert Shield
  • Know Operation Desert Shield.
  • Know Operation Desert Storm.
  • Know the end of the war, the media, and the aftermath, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Assessment Guide

An Introduction5
Lesson 1 Assignment20
Lesson 1 Exam10
Lesson 2 Assignment20
Lesson 2 Exam9
Lesson 3 Assignment20
Lesson 3 Exam10
Lesson 4 Assignment20
Lesson 4 Exam8
Lesson 5 Assignment20
Lesson 5 Exam9
Lesson 6 Assignment20
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Assignment20
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Assignment20
Lesson 8 Exam9
Lesson 9 Assignment20
Lesson 9 Exam9
Lesson 10 Assignment20
Lesson 10 Exam10
America gets involved in the Middle East50
Lesson 11 Assignment20
Lesson 11 Exam9
Lesson 12 Assignment20
Lesson 12 Exam10
Lesson 13 Assignment20
Lesson 13 Exam6
Lesson 14 Assignment20
Lesson 14 Exam10
Lesson 15 Assignment20
Lesson 15 Exam9
Lesson 16 Assignment20
Lesson 16 Exam10
Lesson 17 Assignment20
Lesson 17 Exam10
The Final Exam52
Total Points:605
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