Spring 2006 Classroom: NICCOL 301
Instructor: Dr. Pingchao Zhu
Office: Rm315 Administration Building
Office Phone: 885-7166 or 885-2563
Office Hours: MWF , or by appointment
For the Americans,
is not just about
led us into
the course has several goals: to study the cultural traditions of both American and Vietnamese societies
and how they affected the way of war on both sides; to examine policymaking process of both Washington
and the North Vietnamese leadership regarding military campaign strategies and peace negotiations, to
analyze how the war has changed both America and Vietnam, to learn major theories and recent scholarship debating U.S. involvement in the war, to discuss how veterans and civilians in both countries cope with
war and try to understand each other, and to explore postwar Vietnam in terms of political and economic transformation.
primary mission in this course is to “Reinterpret the Vietnam War”
through individual understanding
and scholarship discussion, and through identifying major problems in the war, postwar development in
Textbooks1. Loren Baritz, Backfire,
1. One mid-term
1. Examinations include identifications and essays. Questions are mainly from the lectures and assigned readings. Mid-term and final examinations are not cumulative.2. Term paper is based on a main themes and the discussion on Turner's book. The paper requires students to analyze the stories in Turner’s book, to present the experience of the North Vietnamese women in war, and the postwar effect on both
Students are also required to write a two-page long response paper to Professor Phan's lecture and her book, We Should Never Meet. The paper is due the week after the lecture event. Absence from the guess lecture will reduce your total grade for this assignment.
5. Granted absence from
requires official document
from departments (including
ROTC units, Athletic department, field trip, etc.) or instructors concerned to show the dates needed to be missed and reason of absence for school related activities only.
This instructor requires the entire class to
Policy of Academic Honesty from the
Week 1 Jan.
begins on Wed.)
Introduction to the course
Culture & traditions
Week 2 Jan.
Class on Monday,
The French Indochina
Ho Chi Minh & Vietnamese Nationalism
The Viet Minh
Reading: Baritz: pp. 1-16; Turner, chpts. 1
Week 3 Jan.
Eisenhower & Domino theory
Reading: Baritz: chapt. 1; Turner, chpt. 2
Week 4 Jan.
NLF & VC
Credibility & Quagmire theories
Reading: Baritz: chpt. 2, Turner, chpt. 3
Week 5 Feb.
Gun & Butter
LBJ’s “Great Society” program
The Tonkin Gulf Resolution
Reading: Baritz; pp. 128-171; Phan, chpt. 1; Turner, chpt. 4
Week 6 Feb.
Conventional vs. guerrilla warfare
Ho Chi Minh Trail
27- Mar. 3
Reading: Baritz: pp. 233-250, Phan, chpt. 4, Turner, chpt. 7
Reading: Baritz: 250-281, Phan, chpt. 5, Turner, chpt. 8
**Mid-term Exam on Wednesday
Week 10 Mar. 13-17, Spring Recess, No ClassWeek 11 Mar. 20-24
Week 12 Mar.
“Peace with Honor”
China & Soviet factors
Reading: Baritz, pp. 213-230, Phan, chpt. 7; Turner, chpt. 10
Week 13 Apr.
The End of the War
The fall of Saigon
Reading: Baritz, pp. 282-293, Phan, chpt. 8
**Term Paper due on Friday
Week 17 May
U.S. Vietnam policy
Final Examination: —, May 9, Tuesday
**The instructor reserves the right to change this schedule if
Student Code of Conduct
ARTICLE II--ACADEMIC HONESTY.
classroom or outside assignments, examinations, or tests is a violation
this code. Plagiarism, falsification of academic records, and the acquisition or use of test
materials without faculty authorization are considered forms of academic dishonesty and,
as such, are violations of this code. Because academic honesty and integrity are core
values at a university, the faculty finds that even one incident of academic dishonesty
seriously and critically endangers the essential operation of the university and may merit
expulsion. [rev. 7-98]
The operation of UI
requires the accuracy and protection of its records and
To use, make, forge, print, reproduce, copy, alter, remove, or destroy any record, document,
or identification used or maintained by UI violates this code when done with intent to defraud
or misinform. Entrance without proper authority into any private office or space of a member
of the faculty, staff, or student body is a violation of this code.
students are responsible for maintaining academic standards and
integrity in their classes. Consequences for academic dishonesty may be imposed by the
course instructor. Such consequences may include but cannot exceed a grade of “F” in the
course. The instructor should attempt to notify the student of the suspected academic
dishonesty and give the student an opportunity to respond. The notice and the opportunity
may be informal and need not be in writing. Penalties for any disciplinary infraction
must be judicially imposed. [See 1640.02 C-5] [rev. 7-98]
Instructors may report incidents of academic dishonesty to the dean of
receiving such a report, the dean of students shall provide the student with written notice
that a report has been made and an opportunity to meet with the dean to discuss the report.
The dean of students shall maintain the report and any record of the meeting for a period
of time deemed appropriate by the dean. The dean of students may file a complaint against
the student after the meeting has taken place or the student has elected, either affirmatively
or through inaction, not to meet with the dean. [add. 7-98]