History 303

HIST 303
Studies in Military History

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HIST 303
Studies in Military History
Three hours lecture: (3)

Prerequisite: Three hours of History at the 100 level.

In-depth study of a particular aspect of military history. Study may include such topics as leadership, World War II, causes of war.  May be taken for credit more than once when topics differ. 

Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. Causes of the War
2. The War Against Germany and Italy
    a. German Victories
    b. The African-Mediterranean War
    c. The Russian War
    d. Allied Victories in Western Europe
    e. The Sea War
    f. Air War
3. The War Against Japan
    a. Japanese Victories
    b. Carrier Warfare
    c. Submarine Warfare
    d. Allied Victories in the Pacific
    e. The Air War
4. The Other War
    a. Scientists at War
    b. Intelligence in the War
    c. Industry in the War
5. The Results of the War

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Student discussion will be the emphasis of the course along with individualized research projects.

Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. Students will practice thinking critically and analytically about historical issues, acquire a broader knowledge and deeper understanding of pertinent historical events and processes, and cultivate a familiarity with the concepts of historical argument and interpretation.
2. Students will develop disciplinary research skills by designing strategies to locate and analyze primary and secondary source evidence, processing and organizing the resultant data, and composing proper citation and bibliographical entries.
3. Students will apply their critical thinking, research, and compositional skills to the creation and presentation of thesis driven essays that discuss, for example, historical social, economic, political, and/or cultural developments and that address issues such as the causes and consequences of historical change and continuity.
4. Students will be able to gain a balanced and detailed treatment of a major topic in military history.

Assessment Measures

Knowledge and understanding of the material covered in this course will be measured using an array of assessment tools that may include, among other things, class attendance and participation, written examinations, formal writing assignments of various types, and informal writing assignments. All exercises are designed to expand the student's ability to evaluate historical events and to develop his or her ability to compose persuasive arguments.

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Review and Approval
Date Action Reviewed by
October 2010 Reviewed and Approved by Sharon Roger Hepburn