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PO 350 Special Topics in Politics
Radzikowski, Joseph G.


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CoursePO 350 Special Topics in Politics PE
SemesterS1E2005
FacultyRadzikowski, Joseph G.
TitleAdjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesMasters of International Relations
BA History & Minor in Education
Office LocationBLDG # 14121
Office Hours4:00 - 4:45 PM Tues & Thurs
Daytime Phone(760) 717-3580
E-Mailjoseph.radzikowski@pirate.park.edu
radzikowskijg@yahoo.com
Semester Dates01-10-05 - 03-06-05
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time4:45 - 7:15 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
America's Longest War:  The United States and Vietnam 1950-1975 by George C. Herring, McGraw-Hill, fourth edition, ISBN 0-07-253618-7

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore


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:
A= 90-100
B= 80-89
C= 70-79
D= 60-69
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

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100

Disability Guidelines:

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:
http://www.park.edu/disability
 
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