Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The Vietnam War is one of the three most significant wars of the twentieth century. It was the longest war that the United States has ever fought and also the only war in which it has ever been forced to concede defeat. This subject explores the events that embroiled the United States and its allies in Vietnam's conflict and examines how the US has come to terms with its meaning. A significant part of the subject deals with the cultural responses to the war both at the time and in its continuing legacy.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTimothy Minchin

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of first year History or Art History and 15 credit points of another first year Humanities or Social Science subject


Incompatible subjects HIS3AWV

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsVietnam: a historyRecommendedKarnow, S.PENGUIN 1984
ReadingsDispatchesPreliminaryHerr, M.PICADOR 1978

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTimothy Minchin

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
one 1.5 hour examination (equivalent to 1500 words)35
one 2000-word essay40
one short answer test (equivalent to 500 words)Third-year students are to show greater levels of achievement of discipline-specific skills than second-year students.25