Critical Thinking about the Viet Nam Conflict
Students use a variety of media components
in online discussions
with the instructor and other students. You will learn the
techniques and practice of
expository and argumentative writing based on
personal experience, observation,
research, critical reading,
thinking. Students are required to have access
to a computer with e-mail and
World Wide Web capabilities to post assignments and
participate in course
- Be prepared to spend a minimum of 15
hours each week studying course materials, working and collaborating on
assignments and projects, and participating in class activities.
- Attend the First Class Meeting. (If a traditional or hybrid class, attend all required meetings)
- Complete all assigned readings in the
books, handouts and instructional syllabus.
- View a minimum of one film checked out
from video store or the DeCillis Collection
- Write and post four paragraphs on course
material to the class forum, as assigned.
- Write and turn in two short papers, a
mid-term examination, one research paper,
and a take-home essay final exam.
After completing the readings and writing
participating in the
class forum and listserv, you should be able to:
A. READ CRITICALLY (including visual images and other non
- Distinguish between direct perception
and inference, between surface, "literal" reading and interpretation.
- Recognize the interdependence of
language and thinking.
- Analyze relationships, organize
information, and apply concepts.
- Recognize and evaluate alternate points
of view, values, and meanings.
- Discover connections, patterns, and
analogies that cut across conventional classification schemes and
- Learn to use the web for research and to
assist in your reading of texts. The specific search engine that I
recommend for scholarly purposes is an intelligent Search Engine known
CAUTION: WIKIPEDIA is very inaccurate on matters concerning the Viet
Nam Conflict. Why do you think this is so? [Do NOT cite it as a source, unless you have to use it for some reason]
B. WRITE CLEARLY, LOGICALLY, and SELF-REFLECTIVELY
- Recognize the interdependence of reading
- Practice writing as a complex, cyclical
process of discovery, planning, drafting, and revising.
- Articulate analyses and interpretations.
- Formulate arguments.
- Synthesize analysis and personal
experience, moving from a critical examination of others' ideas and
values to a critical examination of one's own.
- Learn to use email and posting to a BBS,
or Bulletin Board System.
If you do not already have an email account, you may get a free,
web-based email account at http://www.gmail.com or http://mail.yahoo.com
- To learn to write an effective,
well-organized, and supported research paper, argumentative theme and a
variety of paragraph forms.
- To examine the relationship between the
Vietnamese culture and the Vietnamese experience in the early 1960s,
and American culture and the American experience.
- To critically examine a work of fiction,
the classic Vietnamese folk tale, THE TALE OF KIEU (K).
- To critically examine one of two works of non-fiction that are
commentaries on the Viet Nam conflict and the aftermath.
- To then apply what you have learned in a well-organized, logically argued research paper on either an aspect of Viet Nam or current conflicts such as Afghanistan or Iraq or other.