Online Class: Vietnam War

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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.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: A History of Vietnam

Lesson 2: War-Time Technology & Weapons of the Vietnam War

Lesson 3: The Road To War

Lesson 4: The Beginning of the War

Lesson 5: President Johnson and the Vietnam War

Lesson 6: Making Battle Plans

Lesson 7: Wading into the War

Lesson 8: Major U.S. Offensives in South Vietnam, Part I

Lesson 9: Major U.S. Offensives in South Vietnam, Part II

Lesson 10: The Tet Offensive

Lesson 11: The End of the War - U.S. Forces Leave Vietnam

Lesson 12: The Aftermath of the Vietnam War

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with an assignment. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

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

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction5
Why Study the Vietnam War?25
Lesson 1 Assignment25
Lesson 1 : A History of Vietnam9
Lesson 2 Assignment25
Lesson 2 : War-Time Technology & Weapons of the Vietnam War10
Truman Ignores Ho Chi Mihn50
Lesson 3 Assignment25
Lesson 3: The Road To War9
President Kennedy and the Vietnam War25
Lesson 4 Assignment25
Lesson 4: The Beginning of the War10
Gulf of Tonkin Resolution50
Lesson 5 Assignment25
Lesson 5 : President Johnson and the Vietnam War10
Lesson 6 Assignment25
Lesson 6 : Making Battle Plans6
Winning The Hearts and Minds of the Vietnamese People50
Lesson 7 Assignment25
Lesson 7 : Wading into the War10
Lesson 8 Assignment25
Lesson 8 : Major U.S. Offensives in South Vietnam, Part I10
Lesson 9 Assignment25
Lesson 9 : Major U.S. Offensives in South Vietnam, Part II9
T.V. and The Tet Offensive50
Lesson 10 Assignment25
Lesson 10 : The Tet Offensive9
Did the U.S. lose the War, or did it withdraw with honor?50
Vietnam and President Johnson50
Lesson 11 Assignment25
Lesson 11 : The End of the War - U.S. Forces Leave Vietnam9
Lesson 12 Assignment25
Lesson 12 : The Aftermath of the Vietnam War10
The Final Exam51
Total Points:817

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