Chad J Moody
American involvement in Vietnam, including: the complex of negotiations; strategies and objectives of both sides; military, political, and economic operations of the United States; efforts at pacification; impact of Vietnam on American affairs.
This is a full term class.
This course will examine U.S. involvement in Vietnam from the end of World war II to its cultural and political afterlife in the 1980s, 90s and today. This class will study the Vietnam War from a variety of social, cultural and politcal angles, with particular emphasis placed on the various debates between foreign policy intellectuals and American politicians.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
There is no official prerequisite for this course. However, because this class engages a number of primary source texts, some familiarity with college-level U.S. history is strongly recommended.
Class assignments and grading
Students will write two papers (roughly 3-7 pages in length), and take two exams. Students will also be graded on participation in weekly classroom discussion.