Course Syllabus


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.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Introductions 5 points
Lesson 1 Assignment 25 points
Franco-Prussian War 20 points
Lesson 1 Exam 17 points
Lesson 2 Assignment 25 points
France and Germany Prior to WWI 25 points
Lesson 2 Exam 15 points
Lesson 3 Assignment 25 points
The Ottoman Empire 20 points
Lesson 3 Exam 16 points
Lesson 4 Assignment 25 points
America Prior to 1914 20 points
Lesson 4 Exam 19 points
Lesson 5 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 5 Exam 14 points
Lesson 6 Assignment 25 points
The Battle of Asiago 20 points
Lesson 6 Exam 12 points
Lesson 7 Assignment 25 points
Third Battle of Gaza 20 points
Lesson 7 Exam 20 points
Lesson 8 Assignment 25 points
Was it worth it? 25 points
The Russian Revolution 20 points
Lesson 8 Exam 20 points
Lesson 9 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 9 Exam 19 points
Lesson 10 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 10 Exam 14 points
Lesson 11 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 11 Exam 13 points
Could World War I have been avoided? 25 points
Final Exam 35 points
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