|Syllabus||Professor: Dr. Harold D. Tallant|
|Summer Term 1, 1997||Office: Pawling Hall 206|
|Pawling Hall 102||Phone: 863-8075|
|9:45-11:15 Weekdays||E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|3 Credit Hours||Office Hours: 11:15-11:30 Weekdays|
Description: This course is a study of the United States'
participation in the Vietnam War. The course covers the origins,
events, and consequences of the war from 1945 to 1975. Special
emphasis will be given to the causes of American involvement in
the war and the reasons for the failure of American policy in
Textbooks and Required Readings:
Students are required to read the following books:
Robert J. McMahon, ed., Major Problems
in the History of the Vietnam War: Documents and Essays,
2d ed. (Lexington, Mass.: D. C. Heath and Company, l995)
Harry G. Summers, Jr., On Strategy: A Critical
Analysis of the Vietnam War (Novato, Calif.: Presidio
Press, 1982; paperback ed., New York: Dell Publishing, 1984)
Terry H. Anderson, The Movement and the
Sixties: Protest in America From Greensboro to Wounded Knee
(New York: Oxford University Press, 1996)
Course Objectives: Students will be able to identify and discuss the factors which contributed to the United States' participation in the Vietnam War, the major events of the war, the reasons for the failure of American policy in Vietnam, and the long-term consequences of the war on American society and the international community.
All exams will be essay exams. Three exams will be given during
the course of the semester. Each of these exams will cover about
one-third of the course material and each will count for 25 percent
of the student's final grade. The exams have been tentatively
scheduled for June 6, June 18, and June 30. On exam days, the
class will be divided into two periods. During the first period
(roughly 30-40 minutes), we will have a regular class lecture
and discussion session. During the second period (roughly 50-60
minutes), the exam will be given.
of the Vietnam War: Students will write an extended
analysis of either the causes of the United States' involvement
in the Vietnam War or the reasons for the failure of American
policy in Vietnam. This written analysis will be based on each
student's interpretation of the materials presented in the required
readings and in additional materials provided by the professor
or gathered by the student. While there is no maximum or minimum
length required for the analyses, papers of 10-12 pages are ideal.
The analysis paper will be due on June 29 and will count for 25
percent of the student's final grade. More detailed instructions
about the writing of the analysis will be given later.
Make-Up Assignments: Students
will be allowed to make up missed assignments only with the consent
of the professor. Ordinarily, the professor will accept make-up
assignments only in cases of unavoidable student absences, such
as those caused by illness or by a death in the immediate family.
Students may be required to document the causes of their absences
before the make-up work will be accepted by the professor.
Course Outline: See the schedule
Grading and Evaluation of Students:
The following grading scale will be used in this course: A 90.0-100.0;
B 80.0-89.9; C 70.0-79.9; D 60.0-69.9; F 59.9 and below. Final
semester grades for the course will be determined by counting
the course assignments and exams in the following proportions:
exam 1-25 percent; exam 2-25 percent; exam 3-25 percent; analysis
of the Vietnam War-25 percent.
Attendance: Class attendance
will be checked in every class period. At the end of the semester,
class attendance will be used in calculating the final semester
Attendance records will be used to determine the final grade of students who are on the borderline between two grades (i.e., students who are within one semester point of the higher grade). In the case of a student who is on the borderline between two grades, the student with 0-1 unexcused absences will receive the higher of the two grades.
Students with 4 or more unexcused absences will receive the following penalties: 4-5 absences-minus one letter grade from semester average; 6-7 unexcused absences-minus two letter grades from semester average; 8 or more unexcused absences-the grade of F for the semester.
Students who fall into the penalty range will have the option
of doing an extra assignment to remove the penalty. The assignment
will be a term paper, the length of which will be determined by
the number of absences in class: 4 absences-5 pages; 5 absences-10
pages; 6 absences-15 pages; 7 absences-20 pages; 8 or more absences-25
pages. The term paper must be of C or better quality to remove
the penalty. Students who exercise this option must see the professor
in advance to obtain approval of their term paper topic and instructions
for completing their papers.
The following constitute excused absences: (1) illness, with a note from a doctor or the dean; (2) death in the immediate family, with a note from the dean; (3) required appearance in a court of law, with a note from the dean; (4) representing the college in an extracurricular activity, with a note from the faculty or administrative adviser of the activity and the prior approval of the professor of this course.
Please note that some college extracurricular activities do not justify an excused absence, so prior approval of the absence by the professor is required. Athletes who plan to miss class for a game must notify the professor before each absence to receive an excused absence. Students who plan to miss class for such activities as work, job interviews, job fairs, weddings, vacations, completing work for other courses, etc., should save their cuts for these purposes.
Students who arrive late to a session
of the class should check with the professor at the end of that
class session to be certain that their attendance has been recorded.
Students who arrive excessively late to a class period or who
leave class early will receive only partial credit for their attendance
Auditors: Students who are auditing
the course will receive an audit credit only if they have 4 or
fewer absences in the class.
Schedule: The following tentative
schedule should be used as a guide for the completion of assignments
and readings. Assigned readings should be completed by the class
date listed in the left column.
|May 27||Vietnam to 1940: French Colonialism, Development of Vietnamese Nationalism
|May 28||Indochina in World War II, 1940-45
|May 29||France and the First Indochina War, 1946-50
|May 30||France and the First Indochina War, 1950-54; the Growth of U.S. Involvement in Indochina, 1950-54
|June 2||The Geneva Conference of 1954 and the formation of SEATO; Eisenhower and the South Vietnamese Government of Ngo Dinh Diem
|June 3||Origins of the Second Indochina War, 1955-61
|June 4||Growth of American Involvement in Vietnam and Laos under John F. Kennedy, 1961-63
|June 5||The Coup Against Diem; the Gulf of Tonkin Incident and the Election of 1964
|June 6||North Vietnamese and National Liberation Front War Policy, 1964-65
|June 9||Lyndon B. Johnson and the American Decision to Enter the War, 1965; The Escalation of the War, 1966-67
|June 10||The Air War and U.S. Military Policy, 1965-69
|June 11||The Ground War and U.S. Military Policy, 1965-69
|June 12||The War and Vietnamese Government and Society
|June 13||The Growth of Opposition to the War, 1966-68; the News Media and the War
|June 16||The Antiwar Movement and the Tet Offensive
|June 17||The Turning Point: 1968; the Election of 1968
|June 18||The Coming to Power of Richard Nixon
|June 19||Nixon and the Expansion of the War into Cambodia and Laos, 1969-70
|June 20||Nixon and the Vietnamization of the War, 1969-73
|June 23||Nixon, Kissinger, and the Search for Peace, 1970-73; the Election of 1972; The Paris Cease-Fire Agreement of 1973
|June 24||The Third Indochina War, 1973-75
|June 25||The Collapse of South Vietnam, 1975; Indochina Since 1975
|June 26||The Aftermath of the War in the U.S.: Veterans and the POW/MIA Issue
|June 27||The Consequences of the Vietnam War
|June 30||Exam 3 will be given on June 30.|
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