Course Syllabus


Course Description

Delving Deep into the Vietnam War: A Comprehensive Analysis

The Vietnam War, spanning from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s, remains one of the most controversial, intricate, and studied conflicts in modern history. While every war leaves a mark on the nations involved, few have evoked as profound a division in public sentiment as this conflict did in the United States. Its far-reaching impacts, both domestically and internationally, still reverberate today.

The underpinnings of America's involvement in Vietnam trace back to the global ideological rift: the struggle between democracy and communism. After witnessing the after-effects of the Korean War and the Chinese Civil War of 1949, America, driven by its Cold War mentality, sought to stem the tide of communism in Southeast Asia. This policy led the United States to support the Republic of South Vietnam against the northern Democratic Republic of Vietnam, colloquially termed as "Vietcong".

A significant aspect that intensified the conflict was the involvement of global superpowers. Both the USSR and Communist China provided substantial military and economic support to North Vietnam, creating a formidable adversary for the U.S. This external support magnified the conflict's scale, making it more than just a regional dispute. The result was an incredibly grueling, sophisticated, and layered warfare, etching scars on an entire generation of American soldiers and civilians alike.

Course Overview:

This meticulously crafted course endeavors to provide learners with an exhaustive understanding of the Vietnam War, dissecting its multifaceted dimensions.

Key Features of This Course:

  • Holistic Approach: Not only will students learn about the military aspects, but they will also gain insights into the socio-political climate of the U.S during the 1960s and how it influenced decisions and perceptions regarding the war.

  • Expert Contributions: Esteemed scholars, war veterans, and academic experts have provided their insights, personal stories, and analyses, making the content rich and authentic.

  • Interactive Modules: Engage with varied materials like assignments, netlinks, and polls, enhancing the learning experience and ensuring comprehensive knowledge absorption.

  • Post-War Analysis: Explore the aftermath of the war, understanding the ramifications on U.S foreign policy, the socio-political climate, and the lives of those directly affected by the war.

Who Should Enroll?

Students, history enthusiasts, scholars, or anyone keen on understanding one of the most complex periods in U.S. history will find this course invaluable. With a blend of academic rigor, expert insights, and engaging content, this course promises to offer a profound understanding of the Vietnam War era.

In Conclusion

The Vietnam War is not just a chapter in history books; it's a myriad of stories, lessons, tragedies, and turning points. This course aims to shed light on those intricate details, offering students a chance to view the war from various perspectives and truly understand its profound impact on the world. Dive in to explore, understand, and reflect.

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • 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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