AER 404 Lecture 7: HST 802-Syllabus-Section 1-2016
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HST 802: The Second World War
Professor Tomaz Jardim
Winter 2016 - Section 1 – Mondays 11-1; Tuesdays 9-10
Office: JOR 530 Phone: (416) 979-5000 x 2132
Office Hours: Mondays 1:30-2:30
The Second World War was the most destructive, far-reaching and costly conflict in human
history. As many as sixty million people died between 1939 and 1945, the majority of whom
were civilians. This course therefore will explore the Second World War as a total war – a war
that effected and transformed whole societies and threatened the very survival of entire
populations. Necessarily, this course will focus on the home fronts as well as the fighting fronts
and explore the terrible deprivations and violence experienced by both soldiers and civilians in
all theatres of the war. Topics of particular interest will be the origins of the war and the role of
Nazi ideology; the impact of appeasement policy; the differing natures of the conflict in the
eastern, western and Pacific theatres; collaboration and resistance; the civilian experience in both
dictatorship and democracy; the Holocaust; the decision to drop the atomic bomb; post-war
justice; and the seeds of the Cold War. This course will seek to have students question
established truths and deviate from a vision of warfare that highlights winners and losers.
Instead, this course aims to present a more holistic view of the impact and trauma of global war
on states, societies and everyday people. The course will combine lectures and seminars, and will
also draw upon film and other visual materials.
Course Texts (required):
Michael Lyons, World War II: A Short History (5th ed.)
**Additional course readings and primary documents will be posted on D2L/Brightspace.
Staying on top of the assigned reading is both mandatory and essential, and will contribute
significantly to your success in HST 802.
Assignments and Grades:
Seminar Participation (20%)
Mid-Term Test (20%) - Written in class, March 1
Major Paper (30%) – To be submitted in class, before lecture begins, March 29
Final Exam (30%) - Written during the scheduled exam period
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Students in HST 802 not only are required to attend regular lectures, but also four seminars that
will occur in place of lectures at set times during the term (see schedule below). At the beginning
of the semester, students will be placed in groups that will meet to discuss major topics.
Attendance is mandatory and will be recorded at each of the four meetings. Participation during
seminars constitutes 20% of your final grade. You will be evaluated on the extent to which you
contribute to class discussion and reveal a thorough knowledge of the assigned readings. Simply
being present in seminar is therefore not sufficient to receive a passing grade for this component
of the course. The material covered in tutorials will constitute an integral part of the term test and
final exam. The materials to be discussed will be posted prior to each seminar on
Students can ONLY attend their assigned seminar group, and may not request to make up a
missed seminar by joining a group that meets later in the week. This is a matter of fairness, as
students assigned to the Friday seminar have no option to attend a later seminar if theirs is
missed. ONCE per term, a student who misses a seminar for a legitimate reason may submit a
750-word response to the readings the directly and succinctly addresses the arguments made in
each, in order to partially make up the missed participation grade. Written responses must be
received within one week of the missed seminar.
A major paper of approximately 2500 words will be due on March 29. A detailed information
sheet containing the requirements of the assignment will be circulated and discussed in class.
Papers must be submitted in hard copy and through Turnitin (through the D2L/Brightspace
course shell). **No electronic submissions will be accepted**. Late assignments will lose 3%
per calendar day – this includes students who submit the hard copy in class, but fail to submit
their paper to Turnitin at the same time, or vice versa. Extensions will only be granted under
special circumstances, and only when requested at least 48 hours before the paper is due.
The Mid-Term Test:
The mid-term test will be 50 minutes in length, and will be written in class on March 1. It will
be essay based and discussed in class.
The Final Exam:
The final exam will also be essay based. It will be two hours in length and written during the
scheduled exam period. It will cover the entire term’s material, with an emphasis on the material
covered since the midterm. We will review for the exam at the end of term.
** Should students miss an exam or test, make-up tests and/or exams will be arranged according
to Ryerson University Course Management Policy:
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