The Vietnam War In American History And Culture HIST4170

  • Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Course Aims

i. to develop the intellectual interests and analytical skills acquired by students during their first two years;
ii. to offer the opportunity to study previously unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide choice of options;
iii. to offer the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness;
iv. to introduce complex historical debates and interpretations, to develop skill in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform the discussion with new ideas derived from lecturers' current research;
v. to encourage the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice, group discussion and, where appropriate, problem-solving team work.

Timetable

The class meets twice weekly

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

i. to develop the intellectual interests and analytical skills acquired by students during their first two years;
ii. to offer the opportunity to study previously unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide choice of options;
iii. to offer the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness;
iv. to introduce complex historical debates and interpretations, to develop skill in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform the discussion with new ideas derived from lecturers' current research;
v. to encourage the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice, group discussion and, where appropriate, problem-solving team work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

i. to have read sufficiently widely in the history of American involvement in Vietnam to be able to explain American policies and experiences resulting from engagement in the Vietnam War;
ii. to be able to explore and offer some explanations for how and why the Vietnam War has had such a profound effect upon American society and culture, and what this reveals about the late twentieth century United States;
iii. to have developed a critical sensitivity to the dangers of anachronism and the limitations of historical evidence, where appropriate demonstrating appreciation of alternative historical methodologies;
iv. to be able to write logical and clearly argued papers based on different kinds of sources (including historical documents, fiction, oral histories and reminiscences, music and film), supported with accurate and relevant evidence;
v. to have developed oral, organisational and interpersonal skills to sustain and defend arguments in group discussion on prescribed topics.