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World War 2: From Fascism to the Nuclear Age

A 4-week course exploring the history of World War 2.
Nelson Vargas, J.D. Professor
320 total reviews for this teacher
11 reviews for this class
Completed by 35 learners
year olds
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Charged upfront
$25 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 4 weeks
55 minutes per class
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Class Experience

I have a degree in history and have performed significant graduate, legal, and historical research on this topic, including the impact of both Worlds Wars on immigration and migration patterns and government policy.  Originally from Puerto Rico, I grew up in the low-income housing projects of New York City. I have worked in law for over 20 years. This includes experience as a refugee officer in Africa and South East Asia. I have published and worked on issues related to human rights, country conditions, and armed conflict.

As required by Outschool regarding I have significant expertise in conflict resolution and mediation. I have received mediation training as part of my legal degree and receive continuing education training in both mediation and conflict resolution to retain my legal licensure. I have participated in several mediations and alternative dispute resolution proceedings. I have provided training in conflict resolution and de-escalation at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. In 2020 I co-taught a class on mediation at the Univerity of Maryland, School of Social Work.   
55 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
The class will address armed conflicts and address sensitive topics such as the Holocaust. Class discussion will focus on the lasting legacy of these conflicts and how they continue to shape the world today. The class will address issues of genocide, ethnocentrism, racism, nationalism, as well as armed conflicts. 

Class discussion will focus on the lasting legacy of conflicts and how they continue to shape the world today. There will be discussions on potentially politically divisive topics. Students will be expected and required to respect different views and experiences. To this end, we will look at history from varying perspectives, with a focus on objective and provable facts. 
Since this is primarily a history class there will be references to historical documents and articles from a variety of sources to include, but not limited to, reference materials from the National Archives, the US Holocaust Museum, and Smithsonian.   

Other resources use include:
Studs Terklel (1985). The Good War – An Oral History of World War II. Pantheon Books.
Robert Kotlowitz (2010). Before Their Time, A Memoir. Anchor Books.
Eli Wiesel (2006). Night. Hill and Wang
William Manchester (2008). Goodbye, Darkness: A Memoir of the Pacific War. Little Brown and Company.
John Hershey (1989). Hiroshima. Vintage.


Nelson Vargas, J.D. Professor
Lives in the United States
Law, social studies, history, and civics teacher
320 total reviews
471 completed classes

About Me

I am a judge, former federal prosecutor, policy counsel, and college and law school professor. My bachelor's degree is from the State University of New York at Albany in Political Science and History, with a minor in Economics. I also earned a... 
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