Online Class: World War l and ll

In this course, the major issues and causes of World War l and ll will be discussed, along with a summary of the major battles, powers, and personalities (both military and political) that shaped the events and ultimate outcome of both epic struggles.

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Course Description

This course bundle includes the following courses: You may take these courses in any order you like. If you purchase the CEU Certificate option, you'll receive a separate CEU Certificate for each course you successfully complete.

Welcome to this comprehensive journey through the cataclysmic events that reshaped the 20th century: World Wars I and II. As a student, you will not merely scratch the surface but dive deep, exploring the intricate political, military, and social facets that intertwined to birth these monumental conflicts.

Course Overview: From the tumultuous political atmosphere of pre-WWI Europe to the fall of the Axis Powers in WWII, this course meticulously unwraps the multi-faceted origins, key battles, influential personalities, and the profound aftermaths of both wars.

World War I: Often dubbed "The Great War," its inception traces back to a complex web of alliances, territorial disputes, and long-standing enmities. It transformed warfare with innovations like aerial combat, while the horrors of trench warfare, chemical weaponry, and extensive artillery barrages introduced unprecedented levels of devastation. The Treaty of Versailles, meant to conclude the conflict, indirectly sowed the seeds for the rise of Nazi Germany, setting the stage for another global confrontation.

World War II: The scale and impact of WWII dwarfed its predecessor. Engaging over 100 million people from more than 30 countries, its theaters spanned across continents. The world witnessed the emergence of charismatic yet malevolent leaders who sought global domination. The battles were fierce, encompassing land, air, and sea, and were executed with unparalleled intensity. The fallout from WWII was immense, instigating significant political shifts worldwide, the atomic age, the Cold War era, and redrawing the global power dynamics.

Course Highlights:

  1. Detailed Origin Analysis: Explore the intricate political environment leading to World War I and the subsequent rise of extremist ideologies that initiated World War II.
  2. Battle Breakdown: Dive deep into the strategies, tactics, and outcomes of the most pivotal battles that decided the course of the wars.
  3. Personality Profiles: Understand the psyche, motivations, and decisions of the influential personalities, both political and military, which significantly impacted the war trajectories.
  4. Aftermath Assessment: Examine the socio-political restructuring post the wars, such as the rise of the US as a superpower, division of Europe, establishment of Israel, and the onset of the Cold War.
  5. Interactive Elements: Engage with netlinks, polls, and assignments that further enrich the learning experience.

Course Modules: World War I:

  • Introduction to WWI
  • Terminology & Structure
  • The Path to World War
  • Events Precipitating the Great War
  • 1914 – The Outbreak
  • Major Battles: Western Front
  • Major Battles: Eastern and Italian Fronts
  • Global Involvement
  • War Conclusion and Treaty Implications
  • Notable Figures: Central, Entente, and Associated Powers
  • Final Review & Analysis

World War II:

  • Introduction to WWII
  • Terminology: Parts I & II
  • Prelude: Fall of the Weimar Republic
  • Adolph Hitler: The Rise of a Dictator
  • Axis Powers: A Comprehensive Look at Germany, Italy, and Japan
  • From Phoney Wars to Real Ones
  • Key Battles: France, Britain, North Africa, Eastern Front, Italy, and the Pacific
  • The Unraveling of the Third Reich
  • Prominent Figures: Axis & Allies
  • The War’s Conclusion and Post-war Reconstruction
  • Unveiling the Atrocities: Holocaust and Other War Crimes
  • Analyzing the Post-War World

This course isn't just a chronological account of events; it's a deep dive into the psyche of nations, leaders, soldiers, and civilians during two of history's most turbulent times. As a student, you will emerge with a nuanced, well-rounded understanding of the forces that propelled these wars and their lasting impact on the world. Join us on this enlightening journey through the annals of history.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

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.
  • Define World War II terminology.
  • Summarize setting the stage for war: The Fall of the Weimar Republic.
  • Summarize Adolph Hitler's Life and career.
  • Summarize the other Axis Powers: Italy and Japan.
  • Describe the Phoney War.
  • Summarize the battles of France and Britain.
  • Describe the North African Campaign.
  • Summarize the Eastern Front, Italian Campaign, and the Pacific Theatre.
  • Summarize the end of the War.
  • Summarize the horrors of the Third Reich.
  • Summarize the aftermath of World War II.
  • Summarize prominent figures of World War II.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: World War l and ll
Course Number: 7550441
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: November 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 2.7 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
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "The range of topics discussed in this course was very helpful in understanding the 3 main theaters of World War II." -- Gabrielle M.
  • "I was blown away by the amount of information given in 17 lessons! I would love to take a class just on the Holocaust. Thank you for putting this together. Very well done ! :)." -- Christianne M.
  • "I have loved this course. Mac is so helpful and fun to learn from. He has made learning history fun for the first time in my life. He gives great feedback to my assignments which I haven't really experienced on here before. By far the best teacher in the forum! Thanks so much!" -- Nicola P.
  • "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 class was extremely educational, organized and very detailed. The assignments were thorough and thought-provoking, and encouraged critical thinking." -- Leigh T.
  • "This course is excellent. Mac is a great proctor of the class. His feedback on multiple emails has been really interesting and enjoyable. I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in learning more about World War II." -- Brian M.
  • "I found this class to be very helpful. The structure was effective and did a good job ensuring that I learned, despite being an online course. The structure seemed very effective." -- Chris M.
  • "This course was pretty helpful. It sums up a great deal of WW1 info and I have learned a lot." -- Ramses V.
  • "The instructor was very helpful!!!" -- Lisa M.
  • "Great course! The video was most help. Also, the professor graded and commented on my tests quickly." -- John L.
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