Modern War: A Global History
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  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Spring/Summer 2015
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Cross College Courses
Program Coordinator(s): Sarah Sinclair
Course Leader or Contact: Mauro Marsella
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: FOR ON-LINE STUDENTS ONLY. This is a web-based course offered entirely online, using Sheridan's currect LMS (Learning Management System). To take this course, students will need reliable access to the Internet and manage the virtual component to the course.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
Students critically examine the history of modern global warfare from the 18th century to the present. In addition to identifying the central features and military aspects of modern war, they also analyze its broader social, cultural, political and economic contexts. Through a combination of group activities, discussions, individual and collaborative research, and interactive lectures, students investigate the wars associated with 18th century revolutionary France and America, Napoleon Bonaparte, the national unifications of 19th century Europe, imperialism, the World Wars, decolonization and the Cold War, as well as some of the principle military developments of the previous last quarter century.

Program Context

Cross College Courses Program Coordinator: Sarah Sinclair
This course is part of the General Education curriculum which is designed to contribute to the development of the students' consciousness of the diversity, complexity, and richness of the human experience; their ability to establish meaning through this consciousness; and, as a result, their ability to contribute thoughtfully, creatively, and positively to the society in which they live and work. General Education courses strengthen students' generic skills, such as critical analysis, problem solving, and communication, in the context of an exploration of topics with broad-based personal and/or societal importance.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

 To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated 
the ability to analyze the causes, characteristics, and impact of 
modern wars throughout the world in historical context.

Learning Outcomes
1. Identify the main characteristics of modern warfare
2. Explain the nature of modern warfare in the context of its 
   political, economic, social and cultural dimensions
3. Assess the relationship between technology and modern warfare
4. Determine the main causes of wars around the world from the late 
   18th century to the present
5. Compare Western with non-Western warfare in the modern era

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:


Writing Logs (2@10%).......20%
Research Project:
Group Presentation.........20%
Midterm Exam...............20%
Final Exam.................25%


Writing Logs (5@5%)........25%
Research Project:
  Preliminary Report........5%
  Final Report...........  25%
Tests (3@10%,1@15%)....... 45%
To encourage behaviours that will help students to be successful in 
the workplace and to ensure that students receive credit for their 
individual work, the following rules apply to every course offered 
within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.  
1. The professor will specify in writing test dates and times and
   due dates and any special instructions for submitting assignments 
   and projects. 
2. Students must write all tests at the specified times. Missed 
   tests, in-class activities, assignments and presentations are 
   awarded a mark of zero.  If an extension or make-up opportunity 
   is approved by the professor as outlined below, the mark of zero 
   may be revised by subsequent performance.  The penalty for late 
   submission of written assignments is a loss of 10% per day for up 
   to five business days (excluding weekends and statutory 
   holidays), after which, a grade of zero is assigned. Business 
   days include any day that the college is open for business,  
   whether the student has scheduled classes that day or not.  
3. Students, who miss a test or in-class activity or assignment or 
   fail to submit an assignment on time due to exceptional  
   circumstances, are required to notify their professor in advance 
   of the class whenever possible.  A make-up test may be 
   supplied for students who provide an acceptable explanation of   
   their absence and/or acceptable documentation explaining their  
   absence (e.g., a medical certificate). All make-up tests are to 
   be written at a time and place specified by the professor upon  
   the student's return. Alternately, students may be given an 
   opportunity to earn the associated marks by having a 
   subsequent test count for the additional marks. Similarly, 
   exceptional circumstances may result in a modification of due  
   dates for assignments.
4. Unless otherwise specified, assignments and projects must be 
   submitted at the beginning of class. 
5. Students must complete every assignment as an individual effort  
   unless the professor specifies otherwise.
6. Since there may be instances of grade appeal or questions 
   regarding the timely completion of assignments and/or extent of 
   individual effort, etc., students are strongly advised to keep, 
   and make available to their professor, if requested, a copy of 
   all assignments and working notes until the course grade has been 
7. There will be no resubmission of work unless this has been 
   previously agreed to or suggested by the professor. 
8. Students must submit all assignments in courses with practical 
   lab and field components in order to pass the course.
Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

X Communication X Critical Thinking & Problem Solving   Interpersonal
  Numeracy X Information Management   Personal

Notes: N/A

General Education
This General Education course relates to the following themes as specified by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

  Arts In Society   Civic Life
X Social and Cultural Understanding   Science and Technology
  Personal Understanding    

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) : Office of the Registrar

Students may apply to receive credit by demonstrating achievement of the course learning outcomes through previous relevant work/life experience, service, self-study and training on the job. This course is eligible for challenge through the following method(s):

Challenge Exam Portfolio Interview Other Not Eligible for PLAR
X X      

Notes:  N/A

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Print Effective Term Professor Applicable Student Group(s)
Spring/Summer 2015 Multiple Professors Cross-College General Education - In-class students
Spring/Summer 2015 Mauro Marsella Cross College General Education - On-line students

Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

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