ASST 465 Spring 2015 War and Remembrance in Vietnam (W)

Cross Listed as HIST465
This seminar, which includes a required spring break field trip to Vietnam, examines how that country's twentieth century wars for independence have been remembered, memorialized, and represented by the Vietnamese state, by citizens and scholars, and by the ever-growing number of international tourists who visit Vietnam each year. All class members are eligible to participate in the spring break field trip at no cost. In the weeks leading up to the trip, students will read a number of scholarly works on war and memory that will prepare them to think critically and knowledgeably about the representations of Vietnam's recent past that they encounter inside the country's borders. Students will consider the following questions: What factors influence representations of war in Vietnam? What cultural assumptions underlie them? What political, social, or economic purposes might they serve? How do official memorials in state-run museums and monuments differ from other perspectives? How do Vietnamese memories and representations of the Vietnam Wars differ from American memories and representations, and for what reasons? These questions will serve as the basis for a research paper or final project on one aspect of war and remembrance in Vietnam that students will complete during the second half of the semester, based in part on observations recorded during the trip.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, several short writing assignments, and a substantial final research paper or other approved final project
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: History and Asian Studies majors; students with prior coursework related to the Vietnam Wars
Department Notes: this course can only accommodate 10 students due to the required field trip to Vietnam, funded by the Global Initiatives Fund
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: HIST Group B Electives - Asia,HIST Group F Electives - U.S. + Canada
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 3275
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER
ASST 465 - 01 (S) SEM War and Remembrance in Vietnam (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Jessica M. Chapman
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM 3275
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