Summer 2023 - HIST 338 OL01

World War II (4)

Class Number: 3241

Delivery Method: Online


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    45 units, including six units of lower division history. Recommended: HIST 225.



An introduction to the history of the origins and course of the second world war.


The history and memory of the Second World War casts a long shadow over contemporary society. This global conflict was a conflagration that touched all continents, devastated entire countries and left millions dead and millions more permanently displaced. This course examines the concept of total war as it was experienced between 1937 and 1945. Themes to be addressed include the ways in which different countries changed their economies to meet the demands of war, the effects of the war upon combatants and non-combatants in diverse theatres, the perpetration of atrocities and the variety of ways in which the war is remembered, commemorated and forgotten.


  • Research Paper (3500 words) 40%
  • Informed Participation 20%
  • Multiple Choice Tests 20%
  • Material Object Analysis (1500 words) 20%


Online Instruction

With the exception of timed tests/quizzes, the instruction for this course will be delivered entirely asynchronously. This means there will be no in person instruction on campus. Lectures have been pre- recorded and will be available via Canvas. Multiple choice tests will be scheduled for specific dates with some flexibility with the start time.



Philippe Sandes, East West Street (Penguin, 2017). You must purchase a copy of this book.

Cambridge History of the Second World War (Cambridge, 2015) 3 vols Electronically available through SFU Library

Other readings and documents will be uploaded to Canvas


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