HIST139: World War II
Section: EA5     (eLearning)

About This Course

Semester and YearOctober 2012 / (10 weeks): Oct 8, 2012 to Dec 17, 2012
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)


Martin Sutton   Email: Martin.Sutton@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-968-8340

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 8 - 12 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

Web-based course

Official College Course Description

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Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Syllabus

A sample Course Syllabus is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. A Course Syllabus explains how the instructor will conduct the class and may include: course policies, grading guidelines, assignment due dates, etc.

Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • There are no special requirements for this course

Getting Started With This Course


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Accessing Your Course

Canvas (by Instructure)

Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the Canvas Basics course space to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to access this space.

You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class. However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Canvas course space at bucks.instructure.com

  • Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
  • Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)

If you do not know your Bucks Username, you can retrieve it by using the Find Your Username Form. Enter your Name, Birthday (mm/dd/yyyy) and either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security number, then click Submit. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.

Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.

Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

Click this link to see the book list for your course.

Other Information about the Course

The book for the course is James L. Stokesbury, A Short History of World War II. When referring to the book I usually just say "Stokesbury." You can do the same in your papers. There are periodic essays due based upon your reading in Stokesbury. There is also a book report due at the end of the semester. Consult the syllabus for the bibliography (book list) which I want you to use in your book selection. Papers should be carefully written and double-spaced. If you decide to go beyond Stokesbury, list any other source used under Works Cited at the end of the paper. The syllabus is posted on Canvas under the course designation (HIST 139). It may also be accessed at www.bucks.edu/welcome. It is important to read and understand the syllabus and assignments before embarking on the course. Traditional academic skills--reading and writing--are stressed in the course. If you have reading problems, you probably should not take the course until you have resolved these problems. In the syllabus you will find the assignments and due dates listed. It is important to meet the deadlines for submission of your papers. Papers may be sent to me (suttonm@bucks.edu) as Microsoft WORD attachments or you may post them to Canvas. Either way is acceptable. I do check my e-mail every day and try to return papers as soon as possible. I aim for a short turnaround time. Suggested length of papers: three to five papers, double-spaced. As there are no exams or classroom responsibilities, I want you to focus your attention on the written assignments-- papers and book report. For your book report, consult the bibliography (book list) at the end of the course syllabus. This is an extensive list. Don't be scared away by its length. Take time and select a book on a topic of interest to you. I prefer nonfiction to fiction for this assignment. The syllabus serves as your guide to the course. Read it carefully. Review the glossary of terms to familiarize yourself with the vocabulary of WW II. Read assignments in an atmosphere without phones ringing, mobile phones singing, and/or television/radio or other electronic sound blaring in the background. Finally, the syllabus is the most important document of the couse, the book is the most important source, and you are vessel into which this content is poured. The aim is to achieve an understanding of the broad currents of the war-- its causes, course, and consequences for future generations. There where be discussion board questions posed throughout the semester. I am available for consultation at suttonm@bucks.edu.