Course Syllabus


Course Description

One of the most divisive military efforts in United States history since the Civil War was the Vietnam War. A subject of widely-differing opinions at the time, the controversy rages still today over whether or not America should have involved itself in this bloody and hard-fought conflict.

The primary aim of our involvement in Vietnam was to contain the spread of communism in Southeast Asia following the events of the Korean War and the Chinese Civil War of 1949. The United States officially backed the anti-communist Republic of South Vietnam (South Vietnam) against the forces of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), also called the "Vietcong". 

The North Vietnamese received military and economic assistance from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the People's Republic of China (Communist China), which greatly prolonged the conflict and created a significantly more difficult obstacle for the U.S. Armed Forces to surmount. What followed was one of the most brutal and unique wars ever fought by America. 

This course will examine the history of the Vietnam War. It will provide the student with the historical background that set the stage for the conflict, the events that led directly to the war, the major issues involved at home and abroad, and an overview of the major battles. Further, this course will also cover the non-military aspects of the war, such as the changing political climate in the United States during the late 1960s, that had a profound impact on the outcome of the struggle.
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  • Self-Paced
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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Start Anytime
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  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize the history of Vietnam.
  • Describe war-time technology and weapons of the Vietnam War.
  • Describe the road to war.
  • Describe the beginning of the war.
  • Summarize President Johnson and the Vietnam War.
  • Describe the battle plans of the war.
  • Summarize the Tet Offensive.
  • Summarize the aftermath of the vietnam war.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction 5 points
Lesson 1 Assignment 25 points
Why Study the Vietnam War? 25 points
The Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871 20 points
Lesson 1 : A History of Vietnam 9 points
Lesson 2 Assignment 25 points
Was the Vietnam War Worth It? 20 points
Lesson 2 : War-Time Technology & Weapons of the Vietnam War 10 points
Lesson 3 Assignment 25 points
Truman Ignores Ho Chi Mihn 50 points
Lesson 3: The Road To War 9 points
Lesson 4 Assignment 25 points
President Kennedy and the Vietnam War 25 points
Lesson 4: The Beginning of the War 10 points
Lesson 5 Assignment 25 points
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution 50 points
LBJ v. McNamara 20 points
Lesson 5 : President Johnson and the Vietnam War 10 points
Lesson 6 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 6 : Making Battle Plans 6 points
Lesson 7 Assignment 25 points
Winning The Hearts and Minds of the Vietnamese People 50 points
Operation Cords -- Helping your neighbor's enemy 5 points
Lesson 7 : Wading into the War 10 points
Lesson 8 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 8 : Major U.S. Offensives in South Vietnam, Part I 10 points
Lesson 9 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 9 : Major U.S. Offensives in South Vietnam, Part II 9 points
Lesson 10 Assignment 25 points
T.V. and The Tet Offensive 50 points
Lesson 10 : The Tet Offensive 9 points
Lesson 11 Assignment 25 points
Vietnam and President Johnson 50 points
Did the U.S. lose the War, or did it withdraw with honor? 50 points
Vietnam and Afghanistan Withdrawals 25 points
Did America Learn Anything from Vietnam? 30 points
Lesson 11 : The End of the War - U.S. Forces Leave Vietnam 9 points
Lesson 12 Assignment 25 points
Lesson 12 : The Aftermath of the Vietnam War 10 points
The Final Exam 51 points
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