Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
The Vietnam War
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 5 x 2 Hour Seminars
Lecture 22 x 1 Hour Lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,500 word essay  40%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   (1 x 2 Hours)  60%
Supplementary Assessment 1 x 2,500 word essay, if essay element failed  40%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   (1 x 2 Hours)  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

- Discuss the origins of US intervention in Vietnam
- Describe the multifaceted and multi-national dimensions of the Vietnam War
- Identify military and pacification strategies of the USA/South Vietnam on one side, and North Vietnam/the Viet Cong on the other
- Discuss critically the Vietnam War's main military operations and tactics
- Analyse the nature of US anti-war protest and assess its impact on US conduct of the war
- Evaluate critically the legacies of defeat in Vietnam for post-1975 US foreign and military policy

Brief description

This module will give students the opportunity to examine international and US domestic political-cum-ideological reasons for involvement in war in Vietnam from c. 1954 to 1975.


The aim of this module is to provide students with the opportunity for an in-depth study of political, military and historiographical issues related to the Vietnam War.


Attention will be paid to the French defeat in Indochina in 1954 and origins of the US involvement in Vietnam, students then moving on to focus closely on the major military strategies, operations and tactics of the Vietnam War, as well as debates in the historiography concerning the most persuasive explanation(s) for the eventual defeat of the USA and its ally, the Republic of Vietnam, by 1975. The nature and political impact of the US press and television coverage of the conflict will be examined and students will be asked to consider the effect of anti-war protests on American public opinion and US policymakers. The module will conclude with an assessment of the legacies of America's defeat in Vietnam for post-1975 US foreign policy and strategic posture.

Transferable skills

On completion of this module, students will have demonstrated:

- ability to marshall arguments, supported by historical evidence, orally and on paper in both succinct summary format (single-page bullet-point presentations) and in extended form (an essay)
- IT capacity required to word-process, and disseminate as e-mail attachments, bullet-point presentation summaries
- practice of skills at answering questions deploying evidence in support of argument under strict time pressure (in the examination)

10 ECTS credits


This module is at CQFW Level 6