HIST 367: World War II Report a Broken Link

Hist 367: World War II is taught by a combination of print materials, television programs, and academic support. Academic support is provided in the form of telephone tutorials. The course is offered in both "grouped-study" and "individualized study" modes: students opting for the "grouped-study" version will complete the course in one semester; those choosing the "individualized-study" mode may work at their own pace within a six-month contract.

History 367: World War II is a telecourse. Students must watch 26 programs in the Thames Television series, The World At War, which contains extensive documentary footage, retrospective interviews, and commentary by eminent historians. Students also work with print materials: two textbooks, The Penguin History of the Second World War by Peter Calvocoressi, Guy Wint and John Pritchard, and Hitler: A Study in Tyranny by Allan Bullock; a two volume reader, World War II: Course Reader, which contains chapters from books and articles from journals containing more detailed information and expert analysis on various aspects of the war; a Study Guide, which ellaborates on the television programs and relates them to the textbooks and the reader; and a Student Manual.

It is important to recognize that learning from television involves active listening and participation. This process is quite different from watching television for entertainment, which is a passive activity. You should therefore prepare for watching the television programs by reading the introductory material for each unit provided in the Study Guide. When watching the videos, you should take notes, marking down things you find particularly interesting or important, have questions about, or do not understand. In this way, you will get more out of the lectures.

Written work is another important component of History 367. Students are evaluated by means of an exercise, a research essay, and a final examination. To pass the course, a student must obtain a grade of 50% or better. Details of these assessment mechanisms are provided in this Student Manual.
 

Unit 1: Sources of War in the West


Required Readings
Reading and Viewing Assignments for all Units
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Unit 2: Sources of War in the East


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Unit 3: Expansion of the European War, 1939-40


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Unit 4: Expansion of the War in Asia, 1937-41


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Unit 5: Britain at War


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Unit 6: Russia at War


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Unit 7: Germany at War: the Fate of Occupied Europe


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Unit 8: In the Balance: the Western Theatre, 1941-43


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Unit 9: War at Sea and War in the Air


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Unit 10: Japan at War: the Pacific Theatre, 1942-43


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Unit 11: The Defeat of Germany


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Unit 12: The Defeat of Japan


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Unit 13: Looking Back & Looking Forward


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Based on the PBS television series, War.