History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

HIST 387: Topics in Global History

HIST 387-007: The Vietnam War
(Spring 2017)

03:00 PM to 04:15 PM MW

Robinson B203

Section Information for Spring 2017

This course will address America’s Vietnam War, including Vietnamese history and culture, French colonialism, American foreign policy in the Cold War, Chinese-Vietnamese relations, American and Vietnamese strategy, the antiwar movement, and the fall of Saigon. The course will combine readings, lecture, documentary films, and discussions. Students will learn about the Vietnamese antecedents of the "American War" in South Vietnam; the origins of American intervention in Southeast Asia; the major strategies and events of the Vietnam War; and the conclusion of the Vietnam War. In doing so, they will develop understanding of global patterns and processes and their interaction with society; demonstrate understanding of the interconnectedness, difference, and diversity of a global society; and apply awareness of global issues to a consideration of individual or collective responsibilities within a global society. Skills developed in the course include formal and informal writing, textual analysis, public speaking, and critical thinking. (Meets Global Understanding or CHSS Non-Western Culture requirement and applies to Global History requirement within the major.)

Satisfies the general education requirement in global understanding.

Non-Western Culture

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Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3-6

Study of historical topics or periods of special interest in global, Latin American, African, Asian, or Middle Eastern history. Notes: Topics announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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