What is the course about?
This course is about America’s war in Vietnam. We will track American involvement from the 1940s through to the 1970s. In addition to discussing the war itself, we will touch on the US anti-war movement, and how it shaped the course of the conflict.
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.
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 presidents 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 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. As an online course, you will need to be able to access the internet and use Zoom to participate in the class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This course will be taught via Zoom, through a combination of lecture, engagement with primary sources, and group discussion. Primary sources will include 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.
In order to access this class you will need a computer, laptop or tablet with a camera and microphone, and access to the internet and Zoom.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional costs associated with this course. We recommend having a notepad, paperand a pen should you wish to make notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Those taking this course may be interested in our other courses in the America's Wars series including the American Revolutionary Wars, interventions in Latin America, the Spanish-American war, and the First and Second World Wars. We also offer a wide range of courses exploring American history, politics and culture.