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ENG-2580-VO01 - War Literature

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Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Synonym: 207778
Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-07-2021 to 12-20-2021
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-27-2021 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-08-2021 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Telly Halkias | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
Arts & Aesthetics
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

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Course Description:

A survey of war literature across historical periods, cultures, and regions that examines the literary treatment of war's dimensions and its effects on individuals and societies. Explores war's purposes and causes as well as its perceived successes or failures. Readings will include novels, essays, poetry, and memoirs from a broad spectrum of writers and socio-cultural perspectives.

Essential Objectives:

1. Read and discuss war literature from a variety of cultural, social, and historical perspectives.
2. Apply literary terms and approaches to novels, memoirs, plays, poems, letters, and essays that record and examine the war experience.
3. Examine the effect of war on soldiers and civilians, as reflected in literature.
4. Develop and discuss ideas and theories about the role of war literature in reflection, morality, propaganda, national identity and history, and anti-war movements.
5. Consider and debate ethical issues raised in war literature and other artistic media such as film, painting, music, and theater.
6. Discuss the contributions of war literature to contemporary debates regarding war and peace.


Ever wonder how the battle against scourges such as COVID-19 are patterned after and informed by military operations - and then further described with metaphors of human armed conflict? Or how actual combat itself ties to all of us? Even to those who have nothing to do with militaries, or only connected to them through family and friends?

Or how understanding the human desire for peace is tied to measuring the risks and costs of war? Or to how war, an endeavor tracing itself to the lowest of insects and as far back as cavemen began walking upright, can explain so much about everyday human psychology?

If so, or you are curious about those questions, then War Literature is a worthwhile learning journey - one that is only offered online once every fall term in the college's curriculum, and at no other VSC school but CCV.


---" ...Professor Halkias completely connects subject matter to the real world. The intellectual stimulation that this prompts takes the class into a higher level of learning and engagement. The [weekly subject] titles do not begin to tell the beauty of the journey that his students will take.."

---"By far, of all the classes I've taken in my degree program, I learned the most about myself and the world in War Lit with Prof. Halkias..."

---"Professor Telly is very thoughtful when it comes to spreading the homework to work best for both sides, students and the teacher."



The professor of this class is both an Army veteran, and a current practicing journalist; more on his journalism credentials here: VT DIGGER CONTRIBUTOR WINS NATIONAL WRITING AWARD

As such, the course is designed in the manner below, in order to fully examine the cross-societal and personal psychological effects of war, a concept known as "the inner struggle."

In essence, through studying human armed conflict in both fictional and non-fictional writings, we come to see that even the fervently peace-loving and anti-war must deal always with another type of war: the one raging within ourselves.

This also carries over to devastating non-armed conflict against invisible enemies in a totally updated course module including the current COVID-19 pandemic, and others like it.

1. Students will put themselves in the place of an embedded war reporter/journalist in addressing a summary and key aspects of the readings. These segments are entitledWar Correspondent Reporting” and will draw on the student’s power of observation (as well as their imagination to form it, since they are just reading about, and not physically observing, war and its devastating effects). Differences in “observation” will demonstrate how complex a mural warfare offers up to the human eye, mind, and heart.

2. Students will also have an opportunity to return to the concept of the warrior ethos, culture, and society, and refer back to the core work from weeks 1/2 to assess each given work studied that week. These segments are entitled “Command Post Debriefing” and will draw upon discussing the framework in which readings are set up, the connection to the individual combatant, as well as the larger society he/she serves.

3. Also, historical context matters, and history takes on many forms. Given the conflicts at hand during the assigned reading (Civil War, WWII, Vietnam, Iraq/Afghanistan, Global Pandemics like COVID-19 etc.),students will become detectives of the past,and research subjects of their choice during the relevant time periodand offer up their findings to the class in a segment known as “History Sleuth.” The intent will be to demonstrate that there are many levels of comprehending the backdrop of war, from that of the President to the lowest soldier in the trenches.

The underpinnings of all war literature are rooted in the history of conflicts between nations as well as individuals. Students will explore both to contribute to a greater understanding of the inner struggle. In this segment, students duck out of a barrage to consult with the class librarian inThe Regimental Librarian’s Bunker during one week, then report back their entire historical finding the next week in Press Briefing”.

4. In the poetry segments, students will engage in Explications and Interpretations” and then discuss each other’s viewpoints.

5. There will be a final reflection at course end on the warrior culture, ethos, and society where students will draw upon the works they covered, and express what they are taking away from the study of human armed conflict literature.

6. IMPORTANT: All written assignments are meant to be brief and concise in order to emphasize subsequent and meaningful discussion more than the length of the initial submissions.

Evaluation Criteria:

15 weeks of Discussion Forums .5.0% each = 75%

4 Library Forums……….........…..4.0% each = 16%

Final Reflection……….......……..9.0% ............= 9%

Total Course Grade…………................………100%

+EXTRA CREDIT FORUMS UP TO 5% ......... 105% MAX


The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Telemachus Halkias
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Cynthia Swanson

Notes: Telly Halkias is a recipient of the Vermont State Colleges/Community College of Vermont Excellence in Teaching Award

Attendance Policy:

Attendance is defined as logging in to the course site and posting at least once (1 time) in an academic forum related to an assignment. Three (3) or more absences constitutes a course failure.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities: CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please

  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

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