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Vietnam War in Literature & Film

Semester Dates: Last day to drop without a grade: 09-24-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-05-2018 - Refund Policy
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Course Description:

This course looks at the Vietnam war era from a variety of perspectives, examining the conflict through the literature and film of the cultures involved: Vietnamese, American, and French. This course also explores the larger genre of war literature, comprised of classics like the Iliad and Beowulf, and the particular questions, issues, and values raised by such an exploration.

Essential Objectives:

1. Examine the roots of the Vietnam war through a broad historical, social, and cultural perspective.
2. Describe the formal elements of folk poetry, the epic, the novel, short fiction, personal narratives, and drama as they relate to literature and film of Vietnam.
3. Discuss the role of literature and films in shaping and reshaping public perspectives.
4. Examine the role of the hero or anti-hero in literature and films about war and discuss the way characters are altered in response to participating in or witnessing violence.
5. Identify and apply ethical theories of decision making and critical thinking skills to discussions on literature and film of Vietnam.
6. Describe the methods by which writers and filmmakers attempt to transform the experience or impact of Vietnam into a meaningful and relevant art form.
7. Write short reaction papers and analyses of selected films and literary works.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

 Films Required for Rent for this Course (in order): 

Ken Burns' Vietnam War, Episode One: Deja Vu


Apocalypse Now: Redux

Journey from the Fall

Born on the Fourth of July

Rambo: First Blood, Part 2

     No films need to be rented or watched for the first week of the course.

Textbooks Required for this Course: 

None: all reading material will be provided online. 



•  Whole-class discussion via Moodle forums

•  Mini-lectures via Youtube and Powerpoint

•  Weekly quizzes 

•  Three short essays

Evaluation Criteria:

Evaluation Criteria:

50%: Participation 

20%: Homework

30%: Essays 


Fall 2018 textbook data will be available on June 4. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.



 Week I:

Ken Burns’ Vietnam War, Episode I: Deja Vu

Wayne Karlin, “Wandering Souls”

Thom Jones, "The Pugilist at Rest"

Two Forums

Reading Quiz


Week II:

Excerpts from the Iliad and Ajax

Oliver Stone’s Platoon

Two Forums

Reading Quiz


Week III:

Excerpts from Keith Walker’s A Piece of My Heart and Michael Herr’s Dispatches

One Forum

Reading Quiz

Essay I due


Week IV:

Ham Tran's Journey from the Fall


Excerpt from The Vietnamese Boat People, Excerpt from Boa Ninh's The Sorrow of War

Two Forums


Reading Quiz


Week V:

Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now: Redux 

One Forums

Essay II


Week VI:

Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July and documentary segments

Excerpt from The Evil Hours

Two Forums

Reading Quiz


Week VII:

Rambo: First Blood, Part II

One Forum

Essay III


Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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