World War Narratives
  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 2019
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): General Education Electives
Program Coordinator(s): N/A
Course Leader or Contact: Alexander Hollenberg
Version: 20190506_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: This is a web-based course taught fully online. To take this course, students will need reliable access to the Internet. They should have a basic level of comfort using computers as well as self-discipline to work online.

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
In this course, students examine the multiple ways narrative has represented and responded to the catastrophic experiences of the world wars. Through the analysis of narrative form and content, students learn how storytelling about war can expose atrocity, bear witness to trauma, and challenge historical records. By engaging with many types of text, novels, short stories, letters, film, and poetry,students read from a diversity of wartime perspectives and contexts; from soldiers to non-combatants, from the trenches to the home front, students encounter the cacophony of narrative voices spawned by two world wars. Through online readings, interactive discussions, quizzes, and essays, students analyze the enduring impact of war narratives, as well as the cultural values they both implicitly and explicitly construct.

Program Context

General Education Electives Program Coordinator(s): N/A
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

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course students will have demonstrated the ability to critically interpret the literary and socio-historical significance of storytelling in the context of the world war narrative.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Examine the changing representations of the World Wars through multiple narrative mediums.
  2. Understand the literary and social importance of anti-war narratives in the early twentieth century.
  3. Analyze the stylistic and rhetorical techniques of multiple world war narratives.
  4. Explore the complexity of war experience through perspectives of gender, class, and/or ethnicity.
  5. Critique the ethics of truth claims in the context of the war narrative.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: ONLINE
 Quizzes (5 x 8%)40.0%
 Online Discussions (3 x 10%)30.0%
 Final Essay30.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
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Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Essential Employability Skills
Essential Employability Skills emphasized in the course:

  • Communication Skills - Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken, visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills - Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Show respect for the diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.
  • Personal Skills - Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.
  • Information Management - Locate, select, organize and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.
  • Communication Skills - Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving - Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.
  • Information Management Skills - Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
  • Interpersonal Skills - Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.
  • Personal Skills - Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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

  • Arts In Society

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

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.
Instruction Mode: Online
Professor: Alexander Hollenberg
RequiredTextbookAll Quiet on the Western Front, Erick Maria Remarque, ISBN 978-0-449-21394-0
RequiredTextbookSurvival in Auschwitz, Primo Levi, ISBN 978-0-684-82680-6
RequiredTextbookSlaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, ISBN 978-0-440-18029-6

Applicable student group(s): N/A
Course Details:
Module 1: World War I
Unit 1: Introduction and Online Orientation
Unit 2: World War I and the Poetry of the Trenches
Readings: Thomas Hardy, “Channel Firing;” Jessie Pope, “War Girls;” Wilfred Owen, “Dulce et Decorum Est,” “Anthem for Doomed Youth, “Spring Offensive;” Katherine Tynan “A Lament;” Siegfried Sassoon, “The Kiss,” “The Poet as Hero;” Amy Lowell, “In the Stadium;” William Butler Yeats, “Easter, 1916”
Quiz #1 Due (8%)
Unit 3: Women Writing War
Rebecca West, “The Cordite Makers,”
Mary Borden, “Conspiracy,” from The Forbidden Zone
Helen Zenna Smith, selection from Not So Quiet: Stepdaughters of War
Online Discussion #1 Due (10%)
Module 2: Anti-War Aesthetics
Unit 4: The War Novel and Understanding Enemies
Readings: Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
Quiz #2 Due (8%)
Unit 5: War and Narrative Technique
Readings: Ernest Hemingway, selections from In Our Time: chapters II, III, IV, VI, VII, “Soldier’s Home,” “Big Two-Hearted River”
Elizabeth Bowen, “Oh, Madam…”
Unit 6: Private Wars: Diaries and Letters
Kathe Kollwitz, selection from The Diary and Letters of Kaethe Kollwitz
Iris Origo, selection from War in Val d’Orcia
Selections from the Canadian Letters and Images Project
Quiz #3 Due (8%)
Module 3: World War II
Unit 7: The Holocaust Narrative
Readings: Primo Levi, Survival in Auschwitz (selections)
Online Discussion #2 Due (10%)
Unit 8: Representing Trauma and Truth
Readings: Etty Hillesum, selection from Letters from Westerbork
Sara Nomberg-Przytyk, “Friendly Meetings”
Charlotte Delbo, “Weiter”
Quiz #4 Due (8%)
Module 4: Anti-War Aesthetics II
Unit 9: Fictionalizing War in Film
Film: Schindler’s List, dir. Steven Spielberg
Online Discussion #3 Due (10%)
Unit 10: Deconstructing Heroism
Readings: Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
Quiz #5 Due (8%)
Final Essay Due (30%)


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