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. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- Students examine American involvement in the Second Indochina War by considering the roots, causes, and consequences of the war. Topics include historical events, France's First Indochina War, the anti-war movement, and the Vietnam veterans' community today.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning GoalsStudents will:
- Analyze the colonial background of Vietnam and the effects of imperialism on the Vietnamese people;
- Describe the rise of Ho Chi Minh, the Vietminh, and the course of the First Indochina War (1945-1954);
- Explain the major reasons for American involvement in the Second Indochina War (1961-1975); and
- Explain the effects the Vietnam War had on American society and politics.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- The Origins and National character of the Vietnamese people
- European Imperialism in Southeast Asia
- French Indochina and European Colonialism
- Vietnamese responses to French domination
- World War II and Southeast Asia
- Ho Chi Minh and the rise of the Vietminh
- The 1945-54 Indochina War
- Reasons for U.S. involvement
- The rise and fall of Ngo Dinh Diem
- The 1961-75 Indochina War
- Turmoil on the American Homefront
- The Aftermath of America's War
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsCourse learning goals are assessed with exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - 3/99; New Core 8/2015; Revised 4/2019