Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitHistory
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jane Drakard


Previously coded HSY3460


As for ATS2596


In addition to fulfilling the general objectives established for history units at third-year level, students successfully completing this subject will be expected to:

  1. Develop a knowledge of the historical development of the Vietnam War and an understanding of the broader ideological, political and cultural context in which the war took place.
  2. Reflect on the impact of the war in Vietnam and the USA, as well as other parts of the world such as Cambodia and Laos and Australia.
  3. Think critically and about the different cultural values involved in the various American, Vietnamese and other perceptions of this highly complex event.
  4. Continue the acquisition of critical and analytical skills, and the ability to communicate these verbally and in writing.
  5. Have an ability to formulate, investigate and write up an independent research project.
  6. Demonstrate in their writing the capacity to present a sustained argument based largely on primary sources.
  7. Be aware of contemporary philosophical, historical and cultural debates including structuralist and post-structuralist models of interpretation.
  8. Have a sense of the past as a site of political contestation.


Written work: 45%
Class participation (including written and oral tasks): 20%
Test (two in-class tests of 1 hour): 35%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

3 hours (2 lectures and 1 tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


A first-year sequence in History or permission