War in the Twentieth Century: Myths and Reality - Online history courses | Arts and Science ONLINE

War in the Twentieth Century: Myths & Reality

HIST 263/3.0

This course will introduce students to armed forces in modern history, and how they relate to the societies they function within and against.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the fall term

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will have learned to:

  1. Discuss their knowledge about armed forces, their vocabularies, their terminologies, and their fundamental concepts such as military organization, discipline, leadership, and law.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of why and how military forces have been employed since the beginning of the twentieth century.
  3. Evaluate and apply knowledge of armed forces to in-class simulations and roleplaying activities.
  4. In small group sections of 10 or less, integrate team- and task-oriented collaboration, communication, and leadership skills applicable to different simulation and written activities within the course.


This course is an introduction to the key issues of international violence and armed force in the twentieth century, and will allow students to connect military history to the experience of the modern world. History 263 will explore both the myths and realities of what military force is, how it is organized, how it is used, how war has shaped modern society, and how societies shape warfare. Examples and case studies will be drawn from throughout the twentieth century and around the globe, all based around the theme that how we imagine war (heroic, masculine, physical) often bears no resemblance to how modern war is conducted (mechanical, bureaucratic, industrialized, and highly influenced by culture).

History 263 has been designed to deliver in an online format. There are no scheduled exams for this course. History 263 will serve as an introduction to modern military history, and no existing knowledge in the subject is required.


  1. Introduction to War and Society and The Ideals of War
  2. The Nature of Armed Forces
  3. Teeth and Tail: Logistics and Planning
  4. The Laws of War and Military Technology
  5. Tactics and the Geographies of War
  6. Civilians and the Conduct of War
  7. Military Medicine and Force Health Protection
  8. Band of Sisters – Women at War
  9. Class Military Simulation – The Invasion of Sicily, Part 1
  10. Plans Coordinated and Simulation Debrief (Remembering War)


To be determined
Course Dates: 
Exam Dates: 


28% - Quizzes (x4)
12% - Self-Reflection Papers (x2)
5% - Module 2 Discussion Forum
10% - TEWT, Part 1
15% - TEWT, Part 2
15% - Final Assignment Part 1 (Individual Component)
5% - Final Assignment Discussion Forum
10% - Final Assignment Part 2 (Group Component)

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Live Sessions

This course has required live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities). Please consult the Timeline in the first week of class.


Professor Claire Cookson-Hills (6cch@queensu.ca)

Time Commitment

Approximately 10 hours/week. Total 120 hours

Course Resources


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Computer Requirements

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System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


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