Course Organization

In this course, we progress through a series of weekly modules. Each module contains a variety of readings and activities to help you learn what you need to know to successfully fulfill the course requirements. This content information is presented in various formats. Each module opens on Monday at 8 AM; all work contained in a given module must be completed by the following Sunday at 11:59 PM.

Modules consist of the following items:

  • Readings – Assignments from your textbook (Hew Strachan, The First World War), a book of primary sources (Annika Mombauer, The Origins of the First World War), and other materials that I have selected from the Internet and posted on my Great War blog.
  • Viewing – Video and static visual resources that will give you a more immediate sense of the Great War.
  • Discussion – Online discussion in the Discussion Forum where you will contribute posts on the primary documents that you have read and a set of websites that I have mounted for you to explore and consider.
  • Lectures – I have created a set of short YouTube lectures to illuminate points that I want you to take away from the module.
  • Essay – After completing all of the material in a module, you will write a reflective essay on a topic of your choice linked to the module theme.

As a student in this course, you are expected to actively participate in all activities required in each module.  You are expected to post your ideas and assignments, react to others’ ideas, and exchange thoughts with fellow students and the instructor.

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