Module Identifier IP31920  
Module Title THE VIETNAM WAR  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Professor Martin Alexander  
Semester Semester 2  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours (10 x 1 hour)  
  Seminar   10 Hours (5 x 2 hours)  
Assessment Essay   1 x 2,500 words   40%  
  Exam   2 Hours   60%  

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. Attention will be drawn to the origins of th US involvement in Vietnam and students will be asked to focus closely on the major military strategies, operations and tactics of the Vietnam War as well as debates in the historiography of the Vietnam War over 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 USA 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 and military policy.


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

Aims and objectives

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