Online Class: Vietnam War

This course will examine the history of the Vietnam War and provide 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.

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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.

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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  • Android & iOS Friendly
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Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
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Lesson 1: A History of Vietnam

Vietnam has a very long history and it is a strategically-located country in Southeast Asia, which has led to a number of subjugations of its peoples over the centuries. Additional lesson topics: A look at Ho Chi Minh 84 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video A
  • Lesson 1 Video B : Introduction Discussion
  • Lesson discussions: Vietnam War Course; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Why Study the Vietnam War?
  • Complete Assignment: The Franco-Prussian War 1870-1871
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 : A History of Vietnam

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

Like previous wars in the twentieth century, the Vietnam War saw the introduction of a number of new technological innovations in the area of weaponry and support material. Additional lesson topics: Chemical Warfare; Weapons in Vietnam War 55 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video A
  • Lesson 2 Video B : Lesson 2 Discussion
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Was the Vietnam War Worth It?
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 : War-Time Technology & Weapons of the Vietnam War

Lesson 3: The Road To War

Following the conclusion of the Second World War and the Korean War, a number of events would set in motion America's inevitable involvement in yet another military conflict in Indochina. Additional lesson topics: Eisenhower and Vietnam; Truman and Vietnam 84 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video A
  • Lesson 3 Video B : Lesson 3 Discussion
  • Lesson discussions: The Vietnam War
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Truman Ignores Ho Chi Mihn
  • Assessment: Lesson 3: The Road To War

Lesson 4: The Beginning of the War

Following the partition of Vietnam into north and south halves, a number of events were set into motion that would bring about another full-scale military conflict in Indochina. Additional lesson topics: Diem and Vietnam 60 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video A
  • Lesson 4 Video B : Lesson 4 Discussion
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: President Kennedy and the Vietnam War
  • Assessment: Lesson 4: The Beginning of the War

Lesson 5: President Johnson and the Vietnam War

The assassinations of President Kennedy and of Ngo Dinh Diem had a tremendous impact on the events in Vietnam. Additional lesson topics: McNamara and Vietnam 105 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video A
  • Lesson 5 Video B : Lesson 5 Discussion
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Gulf of Tonkin Resolution
  • Complete Assignment: LBJ v. McNamara
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 : President Johnson and the Vietnam War

Lesson 6: Making Battle Plans

Once American marines were on the ground in Vietnam, it was clear to everyone that the United States' involvement in the situation would involve the use of our military might. The ground war began in earnest after March, 1965, as the U.S. 31 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video A
  • Lesson 6 Video B : Lesson 6 Discussion
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 : Making Battle Plans

Lesson 7: Wading into the War

With their war strategies of attrition and erosion firmly in place, U.S. military commanders commenced the ground war. Additional lesson topics: Operation Starlie; CORDS Vietnam 90 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video A
  • Lesson 7 Video B : Lesson 7 Discussion
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Winning The Hearts and Minds of the Vietnamese People
  • Complete Assignment: Operation Cords -- Helping your neighbor's enemy
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 : Wading into the War

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

With two quick early successes to spur them on, the United States proceeded with all speed to execute their strategic goals of attrition and erosion of the North Vietnamese forces and the Vietcong. Additional lesson topics: Operation Market Time; Montagnards in Vietnam 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video A
  • Lesson 8 Video B : Lesson 8 Discussion
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 : Major U.S. Offensives in South Vietnam, Part I

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

As the war broadened and escalated in intensity, the United States remained committed to their original two-pronged military strategy. Additional lesson topics: Siege of Khe Sahn; Westmoreland in Vietnam; Operation Junction City 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video A
  • Lesson 9 Video B : Lesson 9 Discussion
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 : Major U.S. Offensives in South Vietnam, Part II

Lesson 10: The Tet Offensive

Between January and September of 1968, the North Vietnamese Army embarked on their most aggressive and ambitious plan to hit U.S. and ARVN command and control centers in South Vietnam. Additional lesson topics: Tet Offensive 84 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video A
  • Lesson 10 Video B : Lesson 10 Discussion
  • Lesson discussions: The Tet Offensive
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: T.V. and The Tet Offensive
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 : The Tet Offensive

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

After nearly a decade of fighting, the American people began to grow weary of the conflict in Vietnam. Additional lesson topics: America Leaves Vietnam; Walter Cronkite Broadcast 189 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video A
  • Lesson 11 Video B : Lesson 11 Discussion
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Vietnam and President Johnson
  • Complete Assignment: Did the U.S. lose the War, or did it withdraw with honor?
  • Complete Assignment: Vietnam and Afghanistan Withdrawals
  • Complete Assignment: Did America Learn Anything from Vietnam?
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 : The End of the War - U.S. Forces Leave Vietnam

Lesson 12: The Aftermath of the Vietnam War

Immediately following the withdrawal of the last troops and U.S. advisory personnel from Vietnam, the capitol of Saigon fell. With the defeat of South Vietnam, all of the country was united under the communist rule of Ho Chi Minh. Additional lesson topics: What was it like coming home from the War; Americans come home from Vietnam Part I; Part II Americans Come Home 86 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video A
  • Lesson 12 Video B : Lesson 12 Discussion
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 : The Aftermath of the Vietnam War
  • Assessment: The Final Exam

Appendix and Works Cited

Appendix and Works Cited 0 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Lesson discussions: How would you rate this course?; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
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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.

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Course Title: Vietnam War
Course Number: 7550443
Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (750 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: December 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.1 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "Excellent course!!! Very knowledgeable instructor who always offered feedback. The lesson videos that he presents helps so much." -- Cheryl S.
  • "Great course, I learned a lot and the instructor is very knowledgeable." -- Kathy L.
  • "The instructor was so professional and knowledgeable it made the whole experience incredible." -- Terrie C.
  • "I had learned a lot about the Vietnam War that I did not know." -- Patricia T.
  • "Excellent course. Excellent instructor." -- George M.
  • "I felt the entire course was very helpful and well put together. The Instructor for this course was extremely good job and knows the subject well." -- Micah S.
  • "I talked (emailed) with the insturctor several times. Being a Vietnam Vet, this course was very personal to me. My insturctor was very compassonite at times and very well versed in the subject." -- Paul S.
  • "Love your courses!!!" -- Kyle B.
  • "I wanted to learn about the war, that's what it taught me.AWESOME INSTRUCTOR!!!!!! He should be given a prize ;)" -- Riley Z.