Course Syllabus


Course Description

World War II was a conflict like no other in human history. Everything that had made the First World War such a monumental event was soon eclipsed by the colossal scale and impact of the next. World War II involved more nations and soldiers than any major war before or since. The technology was grander and more deadly. The villains were easily identifiable, worthy adversaries bent on global domination. The resistance to the Axis Powers; comprised of Germany, Japan, and Italy; was pushed to their limit in terms of providing soldiers and war materiel. The epic battles of World War II on land, through the air, and at sea were waged with ferocity unlike any other war--on two fronts.

The political and economic fallout from the First World War and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles did not bring about the lasting peace that was hoped. Rather, the outcome of World War I left the German nation a major power in Europe--and bitter over their defeat. The worldwide effects of the Great Depression had a major impact on the United States, Great Britain, France, and Germany, but the effects were most notably felt in Germany.

This discontent led to the rise of Adolf Hitler, his Nazi Party, and the creation of the Axis. Determined to re-establish Germany as the true superpower in Europe, the Germany military sprung into action, conquering large amounts of Western Europe before many of the neighboring countries could realize what had happened. At the same time, Italy invaded North Africa and Japan began to expand its influence by conquering many islands in the Pacific.

The effects of World War II cannot be underestimated, as they still impact lives and nations to this very day. The political re-structuring that occurred following the defeat of the Axis Powers left the world a very different place: the creation and use of nuclear arms, the establishment of the nation-state of Israel, the division of much of Eastern Europe, the rapid expansion of Communism throughout much of Asia and Europe, the division of Germany, America's rise to superpower status, and far more. Clearly, the impact of this greatest of wars cannot be emphasized enough.
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  • 6 Months to Complete
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • 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.
  • 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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Assignment 1: What to gain? 15 points
Auschwitz 20 points
Lesson 1 Exam: Terminology, Part I 100 points
Assignment 2: Personal Interests 15 points
Lesson 2 Exam: Terminology, Part II and Course Structure 100 points
Assignment 3: Nazi Party Rise 15 points
Lesson 3 Exam: Setting the Stage: The Fall of the Weimar Republic 80 points
Assignment 4: Who was Hitler? 35 points
Lesson 4 Exam: Adolph Hitler’s Life & Career 90 points
Assignment 5: Key Axis People 20 points
Lesson 5 Exam: The Other Axis Powers: Italy and Japan 80 points
Assignment 6: The Maginot Line 15 points
The Maginot Line as a Metaphor 20 points
Lesson 6 Exam: Opening Salvos – Germany Starts the War 80 points
Assignment 7: The Phoney War 15 points
Stopping the Phoney War? 10 points
Lesson 7 Exam: The Phoney War 20 points
Assignment 8: Time Line 15 points
The Battle of Britain 25 points
Lesson 8 Exam: The Battles of France and Britain 100 points
Assignment 9: Why Africa? 15 points
Lesson 9: The North African Campaign 120 points
Assignment 10: Stalin and Cold Weather 30 points
Hitler's Blunder -- A two front War! 25 points
Lesson 10: The Eastern Front 150 points
Assignment 11: Italian Campaign Timeline 20 points
Lesson 11: The Italian Campaign 80 points
Assignment 12: United States Involvement 30 points
Lend Lease Act 25 points
Lesson 12: The Pacific Theatre 140 points
Assignment 13: War Ends 25 points
Why didn't the U.S. drop an Atomic Bomb on Germany? 25 points
Lesson 13: The End of the War: Victories in Europe and Japan 100 points
Assignment 14: The Holocaust 25 points
Lesson 14 Exam: The Horrors of the Third Reich 110 points
Assignment 15: Israel 15 points
The Marshall Plan: Preventative Maintenance? 40 points
Lesson 15 Exam: The Aftermath of World War II 110 points
Assignment 16: Hollywood 15 points
Lesson 16 Exam: Prominent Figures of World War II: The Axis 100 points
Assignment 17: American Involvement 25 points
Lesson 17 Exam: Prominent Figures of World War II: The Allies 100 points
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