HIS211 The Great War: 1914-1918

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HIE 211 The Great War: 1914-1918


S2T 2011 DL


Toro, Paul R.


Senior Instructor


MA Norwich

Office Location

San Antonio

Office Hours

12:00 - 1:00 Central Time

Daytime Phone

210 732 7479



Credit Hours



§ Eric Dorn Brose. A History of The Great War: World War One and the International Crisis of the Early Twentieth Century. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010). [ISBN: 978-0-19-518194-4.]

§ Ernst Junger. Storm of Steel. (New York: Penguin Classics, 1961). [ISBN: 0-14-243790-5.]

§ Erich Maria Remarque. The Road Back. (New York: Ballantine Publishing Co., 2002). [ISBN: 0-449-91246-9.]

§ Barbara W. Tuchman. The Guns of August. (New York: Ballantine Books, 1994). [ISBN: 0-345-38623-X.]

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Course Description:
HIE 211 The Great War 1914-1918: World War One was the crucible of the modern world and it altered the political, economic, intellectual, social and cultural realities of inside and outside Europe, culminating in a redrawn map of Europes political boundaries. This survey examines the wars multiple cause and effects. The survey shall comprise an inquiry of period literature. (European/Classical Concentration) Offered as required. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Class Assessment:

§ Critical Book Review: Students will be required to write one book review based on one of the course novels (excludes the Brose book). The particular selection has to be approved by the professor prior to submission of the critical book review. The review will be typed, double-spaced, font size of 10-12, Times New Roman typeset, citations in proper MLA Style including a properly formatted works cited (does not count toward the total word count required), margins of one-inch on all four sides, contain a proper MLA title page, and page numbered, include five sources (maximum of one Internet sources), be submitted in Microsoft Word, and be 1,000-1,250 words. The student is held responsible for fully understanding what constitutes plagiarism and Park University’s and the professor’s regulations regarding consequences of plagiarism detection and fabrication. Please review the “Course Home” link titled Book Review Format for detailed instructions on how to complete, successfully, a critical book review in the historical profession.

§ Journals: Students will be required to write four journals (Weeks 2, 3, 5, and 6) based on various topics as indicated.

§ Discussion ThreadsThese are to be thorough, analytical discussions and not merely restating facts or quoting material from one or more sources.  Use a 3-paragraph format equating to an introduction containing a thesis, a body including analysis and parenthetical citations, and a conclusion followed by a Works Cited. Integrate the texts and the instructor's lecture(s) in each discussion essay.  Phrases may be quoted from the text, the lectures, or the articles in Document Sharing  (properly documented), but only if necessary to make point.  Do not quote whole sentences in this course. Include parenthetical citations and a Works Cited in MLA format. Post one essay and 2 peer responses for EVERY discussion.  Each essay is worth up to 3 points and each peer response is worth up to 1 point.  The following evaluation criteria apply: length: minimum of 200 words on the initial discussion (post the word count with your discussion): 1 point;  conventions: (grammar/punctuation/spelling/ documentation): 1 point;  content: (detailed analysis in your own words, with little or no material quoted from your sources): 1 point.  Peer Responses: review and respond to the discussions of two peers with thoughtful and detailed comments of at least 25 words. Focus on the issues in your peer's essay. Do not include trite comments.  Note that your grade depends on the quality of your critical thinking, technical writing skills, and documentation. Your essays shall be posted no-later-than the Friday evening of each week and your peer responses shall be posted no-later-than Saturday evening of each week in order to permit your classmates opportunities to respond. 

§ Mid Term Examination: Students will be required to complete a mid-term examination composed of matching, multiple choice, short identifications, and/or essays.

§ Final Examination: Students will be required to complete a final examination composed of matching, multiple choice, short identifications, and/or essays. All Park University Online courses include a final examination designed to provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of course content. Final examinations are substantive and comprehensive, incorporating multiple modes of evaluation and assessing a range of understanding levels to provide a summative evaluation of students’ comprehension and application of course content. While instructors may not change the content of the final examination, course developers revise these instruments on a continual basis with instructor input. Developers create new versions of final exams with randomized questions. Students take their final examinations during Week 8 of the term under the supervision of an approved proctor. Students will not be permitted to take the final examination prior to Week 8 unless “official” and documented military orders are received one week prior to the final examination.


Proctored Final Examination Policies:

-- Examinations must account for no less than 20% and no more than 30% of students’ final grade.

-- Examinations must be administered during W8 of the term.

-- Examinations are to be completed in a 2-hour testing session.

-- Multiple versions of the final examination must be used in each section (using randomization or question pooling).

Failure to Take a Final Examination:

-- Failure to take a proctored final examination will result in an automatic “F” for the course. As the final examination is a required course component, the grade of “F” must be recorded regardless of the student’s grade before the examination (or what the student’s grade would be if points from the final exam were deducted).

-- Only extraordinary circumstances warrant student’s being allowed to make up a missed final examination. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor before the schedule exam/due date or by the end of the first working day after the due date. In some cases, as with unexpected military deployments, a supervisor or other appropriate proxy may contact the instructor within the required timeframe. It is the student’s responsibility to inform his/her military supervisor of the final examination policy.


GRADING POLICY: Grades will be based on the traditional/point scale as outlined below. For the student’s protection, in case of errors in recording, the student should maintain copies of all assignments (except the final examination) until they have received notification of final grade.



Point Value

Total Points

Mid-Term Exam


100 points

100 points

Book Review


100 points

100 points

Final Exam


200 points

200 points

Discussion Pts


 5 points

105 points



 50 points

200 points
















Not Awarded



Late Submission of Course Materials:

The professor will not accept assignments late (defined as due on the date furnished students by the professor). 
Assignments not submitted on their due date(s) will receive a grade of “zero”; there will be no accepted excuses/reasons.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Online Course Policies:

Policy #1:  Submission of Work:

A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday 12:01 am MST and Sunday at 11:59 PM MST. The first week begins the first day of the term/semester. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed and successfully submitted by the posted due date.

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General email: Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. When sending email other than assignments, you must identify yourself fully by name and class in all email sent to your instructor and/or other members of our class.

Online threaded discussions: are public messages and all writings in this area will be viewable by the entire class or assigned group members.

Online Instructor Response Policy:  Online Instructors will check email frequently and will respond to course-related questions within 24-48 hours.

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If you experience computer difficulties (need help downloading a browser or plug-in, you need help logging into the course, or if you experience any errors or problems while in your Online course, click on the button in your Online Classroom, then click on the helpdesk menu item, and then fill out the form or call the helpdesk for assistance. 

If the issue is preventing you from submitting or completing any coursework, contact your instructor immediately.

Students shall be held responsible for:

§ Attending all scheduled class sessions per week online from Monday through Sunday.

§ Completing the reading schedule for each class week prior to Sunday.

§ Submitting all required assignments when due.

§ Submitting all required assignments via the “Drop Box” contained in eCollege.

§ Participating in class discussion as instructed.

The Professor shall be held responsible for:

§ Providing organized and relevant presentations.

§ Providing thoughtful evaluation of assignments.

§ Providing timely return of graded assignments.

§ Access during scheduled office hours, unless otherwise notified and/or posted.

§ Guidance in completing course requirements.

§ Responding to emails in within 48 hours of there posting.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Discussion Threads          All 8 Weeks

Journal                                Weeks 2,3,5 &6
Midterm                              Week 4

Book Review                      Week 7

Final Exam                           Week 8


Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .


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Last Updated:2/22/2011 8:28:02 AM