Online Class: World War I

Unlike anything that had gone before it, the first great conflagration of the twentieth century was to set a precedent for all wars to follow. Involving nations from around the globe, the world had never seen a military conflict on this scale.

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Course Description

Unraveling World War I: The Conflict that Shaped a Century

The early 20th century witnessed a catastrophic event unlike any other in modern history. World War I, often referred to as "The Great War" or "The War to End All Wars", was unparalleled in scale, tactics, and devastation. Stretching from 1914 to 1918, this extensive conflict primarily centered in Europe but spanned the globe, drawing various nations into its vortex.

While estimates vary, it's believed that the war tragically claimed upwards of ten million lives, marking it as one of the deadliest confrontations in human history. The repercussions of this war were profound, not merely in terms of immediate loss but in its profound geopolitical shifts and the stage it set for future global conflicts.

A Prelude to Catastrophe

This war wasn't a spontaneous combustion. The embers of discontent had been smoldering for years. Europe's complex political climate, marked by burgeoning alliances, territorial disputes, and age-old rivalries, laid the groundwork for the impending disaster. The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand might have been the immediate catalyst, but the underlying tensions were primed to explode.

What made World War I distinct from previous conflicts were its techniques and strategies. The introduction of aerial warfare, the extensive use of chemical weapons, and the horrors of trench warfare were novel, painting a grim picture of advancements being used for devastation.

Yet, the aftermath of this war only sowed the seeds for further upheaval. The Treaty of Versailles, far from establishing lasting peace, indirectly facilitated the rise of Nazi Germany and the catastrophic World War II.

Course Overview

Our course is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of World War I, exploring its origins, major events, and enduring impact.

  • Lesson 1: Terminology & Structure
    Dive into the essential terms and chronological structure of the war. This foundation will ensure you can confidently navigate more intricate details in subsequent lessons.

  • Lesson 2: The Path to World War
    Explore the intricate web of alliances and political tensions that set the stage for the great conflict.

  • Lesson 3: Important Events before the Great War
    Revisit the significant incidents leading up to 1914, which added fuel to the simmering tensions.

  • Lesson 4: 1914--The War Begins
    Delve into the triggers, initial battles, and the forces involved as war engulfs Europe.

  • Lesson 5: Major Battles of the Great War--The Western Front
    A detailed examination of the battles that decided the war's direction, from the trenches of Somme to the fields of Verdun.

  • Lesson 6: Major Battles of the Great War--Eastern and Italian Fronts
    Journey to the Eastern frontlines and the Italian Alps, understanding the distinct challenges and strategies employed there.

  • Lesson 7: Major Battles of the Great War--Beyond Europe
    Recognize the global scale of World War I by exploring major battles outside of Europe.

  • Lesson 8: The Conclusion and Aftermath of the War
    Study the events leading to the war's conclusion and the lasting geopolitical ramifications, including the Treaty of Versailles.

  • Lesson 9-11: Notable Figures of World War I
    Familiarize yourself with key personalities from the Central, Entente, and Associated Powers. Discover their roles, strategies, and influences on the war's outcomes.

The course concludes with a Final Review, offering students the chance to consolidate their knowledge, address any queries, and prepare for further academic pursuits related to this pivotal period in history.

Dive deep into an era that forever altered the course of humanity. Understand the causes, experience the battles, and recognize the long shadows World War I casts even today. Join us in this immersive journey into the heart of the 20th century's first great global conflict.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Terminology & Structure

In order to understand this course, you must first be familiar with the terminology associated with this conflict. Additional lesson topics: Interviews of WWI Trench Survivors; Technology in WWI 67 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video A
  • Lesson 1 Video B : Introduction Discussion
  • Lesson discussions: Reason for Taking the Class; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: Introductions
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Franco-Prussian War
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: The Path to World War

This lesson defines the national powers involved in World War I. Additional lesson topics: Road to War Video 65 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video A
  • Lesson 2 Video B : Lesson 2 Discussion
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: France and Germany Prior to WWI
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Important Events before the Great War

This lesson discusses the contributing factors that lead up to World War I. Additional lesson topics: Events prior to WWI 61 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video A
  • Lesson 3 Video B : Lesson 3 Discussion
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: The Ottoman Empire
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: 1914--The War Begins

This lesson discusses battle conditions as well as the new technologies implemented in the First World War. Additional lesson topics: National World War I Museum; War Begins 64 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video A
  • Lesson 4 Video B : Lesson 4 Discussion
  • Lesson discussions: Your Position
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: America Prior to 1914
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Major Battles of the Great War--The Western Front

This lesson will discuss the major battles on the Western Front. Additional lesson topics: Day by Day Moving Map of Battles of 1914 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video A
  • Lesson 5 Video B : Lesson 5 Discussion
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Major Battles of the Great War--Eastern and Italian Fronts

This lesson will describe the battles on the Eastern and Italian Fronts. Additional lesson topics: Italian Front Video 57 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video A
  • Lesson 6 Video B : Lesson 6 Discussion
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: The Battle of Asiago
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Major Battles of the Great War--Beyond Europe

This lesson briefly presents the major battles taking place outside the Western and Eastern Fronts--namely the African, Gallipoli, Mesopotamian, and Palestinian Fronts, as well as the battles on the high seas. Additional lesson topics: Battles in Africa Part I; Battles in Africa Part II 65 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video A
  • Lesson 7 Video B : Lesson 7 Discussion
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Third Battle of Gaza
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: The Conclusion and Aftermath of the War

This lesson will briefly summarize the outcomes of the war. Additional lesson topics: Aftermath of WWI Video; The Last Day Of WWI 90 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video A
  • Lesson 8 Video B : Lesson 8 Discussion
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Was it worth it?
  • Complete Assignment: The Russian Revolution
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Notable Figures of World War I (Central Powers)

This lesson presents the prominent Central Powers personalities during World War I. Additional lesson topics: Central Powers 44 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video A
  • Lesson 9 Video B : Lesson 9 Discussion
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Notable Figures of World War I (Entente Powers)

This lesson presents the notable figures that fought for the Triple Entente of England, France, and Russia. Additional lesson topics: Notable figures after the War. 39 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video A
  • Lesson 10 Video B : Lesson 10 Discussion
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Notable Figures of World War I (Associated Powers)

This lesson presents the notable figures for the Associated Powers. Additional lesson topics: Notable Americans in World War I; Russian Sacrifices during WWI 38 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Lesson discussions: WWI Figures
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam

Final Review

This lesson will list the battles of WW1 and present the Final Exam to complete this course on WW1. Additional lesson topics: Video Review of WWI 60 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Final Course Poll - Your Opinion; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: Could World War I have been avoided?
  • Assessment: Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define World War I terminology.
  • Describe the path to world war.
  • Summarize important events before the Great War.
  • Describe 1914 and the beginning of the war.
  • Summarize the major battles of the Great War--The Western Front.
  • Summarize the major battles of the Great War--Eastern and Italian Fronts.
  • Summarize the major battles of the Great War--Beyond Europe.
  • Summarize aftermath of the war.
  • Summarize notable figures of World War I.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: World War I
Course Number: 7550439
Lessons Rating: 4.6 / 5 Stars (997 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: March 2024
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.1 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "I found this class very informative and Mac was a great instructor. I learned things about world War One that I never knew before." -- Diana C.
  • "This course was pretty helpful. It sums up a great deal of WW1 info and I have learned a lot." -- Ramses V.
  • "[The instructor] had done an excellent job in compiling the information into well-organized lessons that were concise and easy to read. I especially enjoyed completing the assignments, as the topics certainly added to the lessons. This is an enlightening course that I would highly recommend to any one who interested in the battles and results of the First World War. Four stars for the instructor!!" -- Sara H.
  • "The written assignments were the most productive." -- nick V.