HIST175 The Vietnam War

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History

I. Course Number and Title
HIST175 The Vietnam War
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
A study of the American involvement in the Second Indochina War. The roots, causes, and consequences of the war will be considered. Historical events, France's First Indochina War, the anti-war movement, and the Vietnam veterans community today will be included in the content.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. To learn to evaluate critically evidence from primary and secondary sources
    2. To identify and interpret the context into which the geo-political concepts and key personages relate to course topics and themes
    3. To appreciate and understand how the historical knowledge of this course interrelates with modern and contemporary global history
    4. To seek the development of tolerance for controversy over public issues and an appreciation for the world's cultural diversity
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. The Origins and National character of the Vietnamese people
    2. European Imperialism in Southeast Asia
    3. French Indochina and European Colonialism
    4. Vietnamese responses to French domination
    5. World War II and Southeast Asia
    6. Ho Chi Minh and the rise of the Vietminh
    7. The 1945-54 Indochina War
    8. Reasons for U.S. involvement
    9. The rise and fall of Ngo Dinh Diem
    10. The 1961-75 Indochina War
    11. Turmoil on the American Homefront
    12. The Aftermath of America's War
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

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VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Classroom lecture, discussion, written responses

Review/Approval Date -3/99