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HISTORY 2Y03 WWII: A Global History

Academic Year: Fall 2017

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: E

Instructor: Prof. Ryan Vieira

Email: vieirara@mcmaster.ca

Office: Chester New Hall 607C

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24144


Office Hours: 5-6 Tuesday

Course Objectives:

This course will provide students with an understanding of (a) the origins and impact of the war (b) the war’s progression, and (c) the motivations and ideologies that drove the major belligerents to make the strategic diplomatic and military policy decisions that ultimately shaped the war and determined its outcome.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Gerhard Weinberg, World War II: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014

Lucy Noakes and Juliette Pattinson eds., British Cultural Memory and the Second World War, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Method of Assessment:

Book Review………………………………………………………25%

Midterm Exam……………………………………………………..35%

Final Exam…………………………………………………………40%

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Unless an extension is given by the instructor or through a MSAF, late assignments will be penalized at the rate of 3% of the assignment mark per day (weekends included), for upto 10 days. After that the assignment will NOT be accepted at all. Extensions will be granted to the assignments only on the basis of fully documented excuses or prior arranged accommodations. ALL extensions are made entirely at the discretion of the instructor and are normally not given due to a) vacations or trips, b) extracurricular activities, c) regularly scheduled paid work, d) the demands of other coursework. Students need to look ahead and consider all their course deadlines and plan accordingly. Missed mid-terms will be made-up at the discretion of the instructor; missed final exams can be made-up only at the discretion of the Humanities Faculty Office.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at mcmaster.ca/msaf/. If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.