Undergraduate Course: The United States in Vietnam: History and Consequences (HIST10308)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course analyzes U.S. involvement in Vietnam from the early stages after World War II to the eventual withdrawal of American forces in 1973 and the ultimate collapse of South Vietnam in 1975. In addition to elucidating the perceptions and motives that led the United States into the "quagmire" and the key events of the conflict, the course focuses on the impact of this crucial period of the Cold War on American society, politics, and culture (wherever appropriate, key novels will serve as additional source material). Finally, we will also discuss the changing perceptions of the war and the historiographical controversies surrounding it to achieve a deeper understanding of the long-term impact of the war on American attitudes towards war and peace.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass in 40 credits of third level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Directors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 44,
Summative Assessment Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Two essays of no more than 3000 words each (35% of overall assessment, i.e. 17.5% each); two two-hour examination papers (50% of overall assessment, i.e. 25% each); non-written skills (15% of overall assessment, i.e. 7.5% each).
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Paper 1||2:00|
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Paper 2||2:00|
| Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
After completing this course, students should be able to:
! demonstrate their knowledge of the Vietnam War, including its repercussions on and significance for American society and politics.
! be familiar with the most important works on U.S. foreign policy of the period and show a thorough understanding of the historiographical and political controversies on the war.
! exhibit an understanding for different conceptual approaches to the study of history (e.g. political and cultural).
! analyze and contextualize primary source material, including literary sources.
! arrive at independent, well-argued and well-documented and properly referenced conclusions in their coursework essay.
! demonstrate the acquired knowledge and skills in their classroom participation, presentations, essays and final exams.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||US in Vietnam
|Course organiser||Dr Fabian Hilfrich
Tel: (0131 6)51 3236
|Course secretary||Ms Marie-Therese Rafferty
Tel: (0131 6)50 3780
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