America's Wars: The Vietnam War

Course Dates: 08/05/22 - 29/05/22
Time: 10:30 - 13:30
Location: Online
Want to know more about the American war in Vietnam? Join this course to learn more!
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £65.00

Course Code: HAH60

Sun, day, 08 May - 29 May '22

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course is about America’s war in Vietnam. We will track American involvement from the 1940s through the 1970s. In addition to discussing the war itself, we will touch on the anti-war movement and how it shaped the course of the war.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

- U.S. support for the French in Vietnam
- U.S. aid to the South Vietnamese government during the temporary partition
- How and why American forces became directly involved in fighting
- How and why American involvement continually escalated
- American strategy
- How John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and Richard Nixon each approached the war
- How and why the war spilled over into Laos and Cambodia
- The anti-war movement in the United States and its impact on both the war and American society
- How and why American involvement came to an end
- American memory of the war.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Better understand why and how the United States became involved in Vietnam
- Better understand why the United States remained involved for more than two decades
- Better understand American strategy during the war and the role U.S. forces played in the fighting
- Better understand how Americans debated the war and were divided by it.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is an introductory-level course. No prior knowledge is necessary, only curiosity.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This module will run with a combination of lecture, discussion and examination of primary sources, both written texts and videos. You do not need to do work outside of class, but materials will be available if you wish to learn more.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no additional costs, but you may want to bring pen and paper, or digital equaivalents, for note-taking.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Please explore the sections on the history of the Americas and politics on our website for your next course.

Brian Kennedy

Brian was born and raised in the U.S.A. but moved to England seven years ago and recently became a British citizen. He has a master's and doctorate in U.S. history and has taught at Ohio State, Roehampton, Sheffield, and Hertfordshire universities. He is particularly interested in the roles of religion and ethnicity in American politics. As such, he has written about American Catholics during the Great Depression and Republican support for the Zionist movement. During his free time, he volunteers at Mind and a local history museum. He is an avid fan of all Boston sports teams and recently began reading science fiction novels.

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