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Course Description: In-depth examination of a selected issue in politics and government. 3:0:3 The course will encompass the following methodology in analyzing the Vietnam conflit: 1)Why and how the United States became involved in Vietnam; 2) Why the U.S. did not succeed in its goals; 3) The effect on southeast Asia before, during and after the war; and, lastly the effect of U.S. foreign policy before, during and after the war.
Educational Philosophy: The facilitator's educational philosophy is one of interactivenss based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.
Learning Outcomes:Upon successful completion of the course on the Vietnam War, the student should be able to:
1) Describe the political, economic and social aspects of the Vietnamese under colonization.
2) Explain the causes for U.S. support of the French during the First Indo-China War.
3) Understand the causes of U.S. involvement in Vietbnam after the Geneva Accord in 1954.
4) Compare and contrast the leadership styles of the North and South Vietnamese and Americans during the Vietnam Conflict.
5) Understand the conduct of the conflict i.e., strategic bombing, limited war, search and destroy strategies and the support of corrupt indigenous governments.
6) Describe the role of women in Vietnam.
7) Examine the role of the media in Vietnam.
8) Explain the consequences of the Vietnam conflict on U.S. domestic and foreign policies.
Course Assessment: Students will be required to demonstrate their grasp of the assigned materials through examinations as well as a research paper. The research paper guidance will be provided as separate work sheet.
Grading: The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:
Class Participation: 100 points
Book Review: 300 points
Mid term Examination: 300 points
Final Examination: 300 points
The following will be used to assign course letter grades:
F= 59 -below
Late Submission of Course Materials: Any late submission of requirements points will be taken off.
Classroom Rules of Conduct: Classroom etiquette will be enforce at all times. Each student is entitled to his/her own point of view and will be respected. At no time will the professor dominate his own political agenda. An open dialogue is essential to foster a great learning experience.
Please no food in the classroom, only water will be allowed. Please arrive on time and stay for the entire time allowed for the class. Do not walk out of the classroom at will, but only for an emergency.
Course Topic/Dates/Assignments: Chapter 1. A Dead-End Alley: The United States, Frnace, and the First Indochina War, 1950-1954. Jan 11-17, 2005
Chapter 2. Our Offspring: Nation Building in South Vietnam, 1954-1961. Jan 18-24, 2005
Chapter 3. Limited Partnership: Kennedy and Diem,
1961-1963. Jan 25-31, 2005
Chapter 4. Enough, but Not Too Much: Johnson's Decisions for War, 1963-1965. Feb 1-7, 2005
Midterm exam( take home) due date 15 Feb 2005
Chapter 5. On the Tiger's Back: The United States at War, 1965-1967. Feb 8-14, 2004
Chapter 6. A Very Near Thing: The Tet Offensive and After, 1968. Feb 15-21, 2005
Chapter 7. A War for Peace; Nixon Kissinger, and Vietnam, 1969-1973. Feb 22-28, 2005
Research paper due March 2, 2005
Chapter 8. The Post War and the Legacies of Vietnam.
Final examination March 3, 2005
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 101
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. <a href="http://www.park.edu/catalog">
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog</a> Page 101
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences
via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate
Catalog Page 100
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