Korean and Vietnam Wars – HIWD 375

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 04/08/2022

Course Description

The course examines military conflicts in East Asia throughout history, with an emphasis on the American experience in China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Focus is placed on strategy, operations and tactics in East Asia.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course provides a survey of the history of the use of force in two areas of East and Southeast Asia, which are of profound strategic importance today. An emphasis is placed on the American involvement in the last century with portending lessons for the future.


Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Identify the historical trends dictating the natures of Korea and Vietnam throughout world history.
    2. Explain how a variety of historical factors caused and influenced the conduct and outcomes of the Korean and Vietnam wars.
    3. Demonstrate college-level competencies in reading comprehension, documentary analysis, research, and historical writing.
    4. Evaluate selected interpretative and historiographical approaches to the study of American involvement in East and Southeast Asia.
    5. Apply biblical principles in making interpretations of world military history.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be at least 150 words. 

Midterm Essay

The Midterm essay will consist of a comparison and/or contrast between the historical uses of military force by China and Japan as revealed in conflict with the U.S.

Final Essay

The Student will write a Final Essay in current Turabian format that focuses on The East Asian Military Experience as revealed or manifested in conflict with the U.S.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the module in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of 45 minutes.