ENGLISH WRITING 2 (Online Course)
Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking
Dean John K. Swensson
Streaming Web Video
Course Orientation: rtsp://dastream1.fhda.edu/LanguageArts/ewrt2orientation.rm
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Player to watch the course orientation on your PC at home]
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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.
- 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
- For the Fall of 2006 we will use Oliver Stone's PLATOON.
- 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
as Google. It is found on the Internet at http://www.google.com/.
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
Fall '06 Course Objectives
- 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 two works of non-fiction that are
commentaries on the Viet Nam conflict and the aftermath.
Obtain Your Books
Purchase them at the De Anza College
Bookstore, or online, at: http://books.fhda.edu/fhda/.
and obtain one of the
following two choices of books:
- Du, Nguyen. THE TALE OF KIEU,
trans. Huynh Sanh Thong. Yale: Yale University Press, 1983.
- Halberstam, David. THE MAKING OF A
QUAGMIRE. Revised Edition. New York: Knopf, 1988.
- Swensson, John. Swensson's
Argumentative Apocalypse, 12/00 Ed. De Anza College
Le Ly. WHEN HEAVEN AND EARTH CHANGED PLACES. New York: Plume
Books, 1993. OR:
- Pham, Andrew. CATFISH AND MANDALA.
New York: Picador, 1999.
the First Class Meeting
Meeting Attendance is required! Students have the opportunity to meet
with the instructor and receive specific information about how to
proceed through the course. If you are on a waiting list you also must
attend the First Class Meeting in order to add the class.
English Writing 2
Meeting Session: Wednesday, September 27, 2006
5:30PM - 8:00PM,
Last Day to Add the Class (if space is
available): Wednesday, September 27. To
add the class after the First Class Meeting day you must contact the
instructor by email. Students will not be reinstated in the
class after being dropped for
Your Study Plan
A three-ring binder with dividers is a great tool to use to
store the Homepage, file your notes, and keep track of any materials
mailed to you during the course.
Preview Your Textbooks
Scan the Table of Contents, major chapter headings and subheadings of
Develop a Study Schedule
Many students report that they benefit from a regular study schedule.
Rough-out a schedule for when during the week you'll read your textbook
assignments, complete your writing assignments, communicate with your
instructor and classmates.
Keep Good Notes
Create a good set of notes for each unit of instruction. By
doing this you will be able to review your material without "cramming"
everything in at the last minute.
Let your family and roommates know about your study schedule,
and ask that you not be disturbed while you are studying.
Ask for Help if You Need It
Contact your instructor when you have questions about the
material or assignments.
COURSE COMPUTER COMPONENTS
It is required that you have access to a computer that provides you
with your own email address and with which you can send and receive
daily email and browse the World Wide Web.
The writing text, Swensson's
Argumentative Apocalypse, contains material on how to write
Instructional Units are:
Unit 1: Course Introduction/Orientation
Unit 2: Technology Orientation
Unit 3: The Body Paragraph
Unit 4: The Argumentative Theme
Unit 5: Logic
Unit 6: Documentation/Grammar Guide
Unit 7: Student Success
Unit 8: Multiculturalism
Unit 9: Editing Skills
Unit 10: Analyzing & Writing About Literature
The Writing Text address is: http://lore.fhda.edu/faculty/swensson/index.html Dates of the Viet Nam
Conflict are at: http://www.deanza.edu/faculty/swensson/vnhist.html
Email Tip: If you have not done so already, take the
time to create a signature line in your email software. A signature
line contains your name and any other contact information you'd like to
include in your e-mail messages (e-mail address, phone #, etc.). It is
attached to the bottom of your e-mail messages automatically when you
Go to: http://deanza.etudes.fhda.edu/
and select: Fall
2006, and click on EWRT2 Swensson Online
Each student will be
assigned to a five-person peer editing group. Using the address-book
function of your e-mail software you will each create a mini-listserv
for your group. You may receive other assignments to be accomplished at
the Peer Editing Group level throughout the quarter. We will not do
peer editing through ETUDES.
Week One: September 25 - 29
(1) Unit 10 of the homepage, "Analyzing and Writing
about Literature," and,
Sign in to ETUDES: Go to http://deanza.etudes.fhda.edu
and select appropriate quarter. Click on Swensson, EWRT2, online. Attend the First Class Meeting. Review all
classroom material and assignments in order to familiarize yourself
with course requirements. Study three items this week:
(2) Robert Olen Butler's short story "Mr. Green," found
originally in the 1993 Pulitzer
A GOOD SCENT FROM A STRANGE MOUNTAIN, at http://www.deanza.edu/faculty/swensson/green.html,
(3) A very powerful piece of short non-fiction about the
Prologue to Joe Galloway and Lt. Gen Hal Moore's WE WERE SOLDIERS
ONCE AND YOUNG. A great
students will read this entire book. Do not be constrained by the
or by my low standards. :-)
Week Two: October 2 - 6
This week you start to
use the writing tools, and submit three
items. By Tuesday: Complete the "Your
assignment. The Bio requirements are:
Answer these six questions IN CONSIDERABLE DETAIL
(first impressions count), and by these answers your classmates will
1. What is your claim to fame?
2. In what town do you live?
3. What is your current occupation and place of employment?
4. What is your major and to where are you planning on transferring?
5. (Optional) If you are willing to share your phone number so that
students may call you, please post it here.
6. Why are you taking this course?
Complete the analysis of The Prologue to WE WERE
SOLDIERS ONCE AND YOUNG. While this is ungraded, you may rest assured
that your classmates and your teacher, will read your analysis. This is
an emotional response, a textual response, or a logical response. Is
this good writing or is it fantasy? What makes it good or bad? Feel
free to respond critically in any fashion that you choose. You may wish
to consult the excellent website for context: http://www.lzxray.com/prolog.htm
SUGGEST THAT YOU WATCH THE DOWNLOADABLE VIDEO OF MR. GALLOWAY READING "THE PROLOGUE" AT DE ANZA COLLEGE.
to watch the RealOne Player
version (for multiple bandwidths).
Click rtsp://dastream2.fhda.edu/LanguageArts/SoldiersPrologue.mov to watch the QuickTime version for
to watch the
QuickTime version for modem users.
Click here to download a free version of
RealOne Player to watch the Galloway video on your PC at home.
to download a free version of QuickTime to watch the Galloway video on
your MAC at home.
By Friday: Complete the MR. GREEN
body paragraph Theme One assignment which is detailed in the
"Assignments" Section of the Course shell at ETUDES (50 points). See
also the web page at: http://www.deanza.edu/faculty/swensson/green.html.
Study the following portions of THE TALE OF KIEU: Preface, The
Historical Background by Alexander B. Woodside, the Introduction, and
pages 1 - 67.
Note the introduction to the story appears on pp. 1 - 9, and that
Kieu's first love, Kim Van Trong, first appears on p. 9. Kieu and Kim's
story goes from pp. 9 - 67. Also note that you only have to read in one
language, so the assignment is only half as long as it appears. You
are, of course, welcome to study the poem in both English and
Vietnamese. You are welcome to read ahead; this poem is so exciting
that you may not wish to put it down.
Attend a meeting
Wednesday, October 11 to discuss the quarter-long Research Paper.
Meeting will be at the DeCillis
Viet Nam Conflict Collection, second floor, front
Learning Center (Library on De Anza Campus) from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
The specific assignment is in Week 11, below.
Week Four: October
4, "The Argumentative Theme" on the homepage. You have a paper due
week after next, and an optional peer editing meeting next week.
In week three you will also be assigned
to a five-person study group. Contact each person via telephone and/or
email. Using the address-book function in your email software,
construct an address for your study group. In week 4 you will
study the Thuc Ky Tham portion of KIEU from page 67 - to the first
couplet at the top of Page 113. Consult with the other members of your
group--you may info me if you like--about the meaning of this portion
of the story. I will send study questions by the Forum, and may require
graded group responses. You are encouraged to trade outline or drafts
of Theme 1 with other members of your group. A group may actually share
an outline -- the Thesis, Topic Sentences, and evidence could be
identical but you must keystroke your own paper.
By Friday, post to the Forum
a minimum 200 word biography of one of the following characters from:
THE TALE OF KIEU: Kim Trong, Thuy Van, Dam Tien, Scholar Ma, Thuc Ky
Tham, Miss Hoan (Mrs Tham), Giac Duyen, or Tu Hai. Your biography must
show what the character does throughout the work--yes that will require
your reading ahead. What do you know about the character and how do you
Week Five: October 23 - 27
Finish your study of KIEU by studying
Part III, Tu Hai and the reunification of Kieu and Kim, pp. 113 - 167.
Study Unit 9, "Peer Editing" in the homepage.
Because this is EWRT 2, I assume you know how to do parenthetical notes
and Works Cited in accordance with the MLA, Modern Language
Association, convention. You should have learned that skill in EWRT 1A
and or 1B. Nothwithstanding, you may wish to study Unit
6 "Documentation/ Grammar Guide" in the homepage.
Attend required peer editing meeting
on Monday, October 24, from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM in ATC 103. Recommend you
bring, at minimum, an outline (See Unit
4 -- an outline has four and only four parts to it) which responds
to the Theme 2 assignment.
THEME 2. Analyze how Nguyen Du
element of literature to develop a theme in THE TALE OF KIEU, or if you
wish to push yourself to an even higher level, argue whether "The Tale
of Kieu is Immoral," a hypothesis advanced by a critically thinking,
good student in this course. If you choose this route -- in addition to
using some definition of moral/immoral -- use the Toulmin model of
first acknowledging the opposition -- see Unit 126.96.36.199
of the homepage. That is to say, in your first body paragraph, you want
to assume that the opposite of your position is true. If you believe
this work to be immoral, in your first body paragraph you should
advance the arguments for the morality of the work.
If you believe it to be a moral work,
and that is your thesis, in your first body paragraph you must advance
the arguments that would cause one to believe it to be an immoral work.
In either case you will need at least two body paragraphs to offset the
first negative paragraph or vice versa. (We are obviously talking
Comparison/Contrast here--see Unit 188.8.131.52
(subject-by-subject). No matter which approach you choose, think small.
If you choose character as the element of literature, recommend you NOT
write about the central character of KIEU--that is just too
unrestricted. Deal with a minor character--and NOT the character you
wrote about on the Forum--or restrict yourself to a very limited aspect
of Kieu's personality.
In another example, if you wish to
write about imagery, limit yourself to a particular type of imagery:
nature imagery, imagery of smell, weather imagery, etc. You may also
choose to do a close reading of a limited, but significant portion of
the text, using quotations and summary to support your assertions. NO
PLOT SUMMARY!!!!!! The class has already read the book.
Feel free to use the listserv to ask questions or offer comments,
critical or otherwise, about this assignment. Minimum 750 words,
with parenthetical notes and Works
Cited. In your Works Cited include a statement summarizing with
whom you worked and for how long. Below your final copy, paste ONE of
the peer edited copies that you received from your group. (In the Works
Cited you will tell me who else peer edited in your group).
Email a draft to your group for peer
editing. Use all caps to peer edit, and return the paper to the
original author with your comments and critique in ALL CAPS.
Week Six: October
30 - November 3
Study David Halberstam's THE MAKING OF
A QUAGMIRE. You should finish reading this by Wednesday of this week.
QUAGMIRE, supplemented by other works of your choosing, will assist you
in responding to the research paper requirement. Strongly suggest this
is a good time to review the Critical Dates of the Viet Nam conflict
http://www.deanza.edu/faculty/swensson/vnhist.html and the
downloadable powerpoint in the Course shell.
Theme 2 due on Tuesday.
Week Seven: November 6 - 9
Mid Term on TMOQ this
week: DUE DATE SATURDAY.
Post short essay on the Forum and answer 20 questions in the "Tests"
portion of ETUDES. You may only enter the test once, and will
have two hours to complete it.
5, "Logic" in the homepage to include links to pages on Induction,
Deduction, and Fallacies. This must be read online in order to
reach the links which are an essential part of Unit
5. Pay particular attention also to the summary of Huxley's "The
Method of Scientific Investigation"; it contains the essence of
what I want you to know about Induction and Deduction. Consult any
other references that you wish to examine to aid in your study of these
three aspects of logic. I suggest using the Google Search engine at www.google.com and
put in the words "inductive logic."
Honor VETERAN'S DAY on 10 November.
Week Eight: November 13 - 17
LOGIC QUIZ due Thursday. After
studying Unit 5 and the links, write ten questions on logic
and post them to the Forum. Email the answers to your instructor at
firstname.lastname@example.org. The questions may be true-false, multiple choice,
fill-in-the-blank, or short essay. This assignment may be done in your
peer editing group; it will best be accomplished that way. If you
choose to do a group submission, list the names of all members of the
group who should receive credit and I will assign the same grade to
each named member of the group. Once a group has posted their questions
to the forum, class members will respond to the questions in threaded
messages. You MUST respond to at least one quiz from another group. The
correctness of your answers to others' quizzes will not be graded, but
your participation will.
Week Nine: November 20 - 22
Study your third book this week:
CATFISH AND MANDALA or Le Ly Hayslip's
WHEN HEAVEN & EARTH CHANGED PLACES.
Research Paper meeting on
Monday 20 November, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM, at the DeCillis
Collection, Learning Center, 2nd Floor. Bring a topic, an outline, or a rough draft research
paper and join us.
Week Ten: November 27 - December 1 *** Work
on your Research Paper!!!! ***
Extra Credit (10 points) Attend Maxine Hong Kingston's reading from her
new collection VETERAN OF WAR, VETERAN OF PEACE at De Anza College on
Wednesday, 29 November. Details TBA. Before you come watch (will
be available for download from De ANZA ItunesU) my 1994 interview with
Maxine entitled "Preventing Wars a Thousand Years from Now."
Week Eleven: December 4 - 8
Research Paper due date is in ETUDES.
Penalty for late papers.
EWRT2 RESEARCH PAPER:
Critical Thinking about the Viet Nam Conflict
Size: Minimum 2000 words with 6
references including at least one reference from the Internet and one
reference from the Apocalypse,
Unit 5, Logic. Posting, hard copy, web page, or
email acceptable. If you include pictures and appendices, hard copy or
web page may be your medium of choice. The medium is not important; the
quality of the research and the argument will decide the grade. Early
on in the quarter you should decide on a topic that interests you, and
your choice of topic will drive your selection of optional books and
movies during the quarter.
The joy of research comes from
restriction, narrowing down to a very small topic, and
researching deeply and imaginatively into it, and thinking deeply about
it. You then organize an argument and document it, following the
principles of Units 3,
& 6 of the Apocalypse.
I encourage you to peer edit another
paper, and have your own paper peer edited, according to the principles
in Unit 9.
For those of you who live in the area, we have a wonderful collection
of 2000 books (and magazines and 600 videotapes) on the Viet Nam Conflict in the DeCillis
Collection, 2nd floor of the Learning
Center. I will REQUIRE you to post your research paper topics in
the Forum --where we cann all read them and my and your responses to
them. Details TBA
Find a topic, do
some research, narrow that topic from your evidence, research more
narrowly and then organize an argument. Also see the research
topics on the Vietnam Conflict Research Portal found on the
Internet at: http://www.deanza.edu/faculty/swensson/ewrt2vn.html.
A. Find one argument in Martin
Luther King's seminal antiwar sermon "A
Time to Break Silence," and argue the reliability (See Unit
5 for this definition-an argument is reliable when we are
sufficiently convinced of its truth to believe it or act upon it.) of
that argument. Examples might be MLK's claim that Ho Chi Minh's land
reform was benevolent, that the US set up "concentration camps," or
that the poor bore a disproportionate share of the burden of the war.
Some Vietnamese students have used their grandparents as sources on
land reform-think imaginatively. For the sermon see: http://www.deanza.edu/faculty/swensson/king.html.
B. Analyze a major work, again
using outside references in addition to that work. Examples of major,
outside works, are included in the Supplemental Reading List for the
course, such as:
* Sheehan's A BRIGHT SHINING LIE
* Caputo's A RUMOR OF WAR
* Baritz' BACKFIRE
* Prochnau's ONCE UPON A DISTANT WAR (The media in VN)
* THE DEER HUNTER
* APOCALYPSE NOW (REDUX)
* GO TELL THE SPARTANS
C. Do an analysis of ONE of the
ten links (see the Overview Power Point Presentation on the Vietnam
Conflict in the Classroom in ETUDES) to Viet Nam enumerated in Loren
Baritz' BACKFIRE. Or, using those reasons why we did what we did and
Baritz' tripartite scheme that says the US goes to war because of its
mythology, its reliance on technology, and its bureaucracy, attempt to
answer a question already raised by a student in this course: "When
should the US go to War?" Or starting with Baritz' notions about
technology, examine the function of the helicopter in DISPATCHES-make
connections between and among. QUAGMIRE may well be a source in ANY
paper for this course, or KIEU, or H&E or C&M or PA.
D. Argue a contribution of a
cultural group to the Viet Nam Conflict. Examples might include Women
in Viet Nam, Hispanics in Viet Nam, African-Americans in Viet Nam,
Filipinos, Puerto Ricans, Koreans, or Native Americans. It will, of
course, be necessary to RESTRICT within this topic say to Nurses, the
PHILCAGV (Philippine Civic Action Group, Vietnam), or the Lone Mountain
E. Examine the role of the Media
in Viet Nam. There are hundreds of available sources on this topic, but
some which come immediately to mind are ONCE UPON A DISTANT WAR,
QUAGMIRE, DISPATCHES, THE GREEN BERETS; there are many books that
address this topic in the DeCillis Research Book Collection.
F. Select any limited topic of
interest to you about the Viet Nam Conflict and submit (via email) a
written outline of your argument. I will be glad to help you with
sources; that process can start as soon as you begin to think about a
topic. Email me @ email@example.com.
One example of Process:
One morning I was reading a detailed chronology of the early years of
American involvement in a book published in 1965. There I read that on
15 November, 1963, "a US military spokesman in Saigon reports that 1000
servicemen will be withdrawn from Viet-Nam, beginning December 3"
(Raskin and Fall 393). I had always thought that this decision was Top
Secret and contained within National Security Memorandum 263, and
would have been declassified after the off year election. Recall that
Diem was assassinated on 1 November, Kennedy on 22 November. Kennedy,
who was a Democrat, was in Texas campaigning and his decision to
withdraw troops was classified so that he would not be accused of being
soft on Communism. An examination of this critical period and decision
would make an interesting research paper. Oliver Stone made a movie
with his hypothesis (JFK). What is yours? Well, you would have to do
some initial research. I would start with books on JFK's involvement in
Viet Nam. I would also go to the WEB. Note how small my area of focus
is. There is great JOY in doing narrow research. It is how we
generate new knowledge.
One quarter I had a student who did a
research paper on what contributed to the American massacre at My Lai. She
did original research, much of it by email, with historians, writers,
Viet Nam Veterans, and others. Much of the research was open to the
class, on the listserv. In her final paper she disagreed with a major
author who had sent her his thoughts on why My Lai. It was a splendid
paper. Your will be too-if you find a small topic that creates passion.
I will certainly take papers on the antiwar movement in the US, or
Japan; I will even take papers on 'Hanoi Jane'
And if you have a relative who served
in the Vietnam Conflict (or lived in Vietnam during "The American War")
see me about doing a first person interview.
PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN INTERVIEWS WITH FORMER ARVN MEMBERS.
Raskin, Marcus G. and Bernard B. Fall.
THE VIET-NAM [sic] READER: ARTICLES AND DOCUMENTS ON AMERICAN FOREIGN
POLICY AND THE VIET-NAM CRISIS. New York: Random House, 1965.
NOTE: you must incorporate the
works from the course into your papers, as discussed above. And ALL of
your research MUST be documented in accordance with the principles of
good documentation discussed in Unit
6. Any student who passes off the work of others as her/his own
will receive an F on the paper. I have failed students in the past for
this reason. I put your web work into search engines. I
encourage you to work with each other, even though you are writing
separate papers. In your Works Cited (See Unit
6) include a statement regarding with whom you worked and for how
Do NOT even cause me to
question your work. Stay Honest!!! -- JKS
Week Twelve: December 11 - 15 (Finals Week)
The Final Exam will be issued
NLT the Friday before it is due. The Final Exam will be a short essay
question, selected from three or more questions. Collaboration
encouraged but must be documented.
is due by Thursday at 12 noon. No late final exams will be accepted!
Optional Peer Editing Meetings
have been scheduled just prior to due dates on some of your essays.
During these meetings you may meet with the students in the other
distance learning sections to edit each others' papers. We also have
two optional meetings on the Research Paper, both held in the DeCillis
Collection in the Library.
AVAILABILITY OF COMPUTER LABORATORIES AT
DE ANZA COLLEGE
The new English Writing Lab
(with MAC's and PC's), rooms ATC 102 and 103, the Listening and Speaking Lab
in ATC 304, and the Open
Media Lab in the basement of Learning Center West are all available for your
use, as are other labs around campus. De Anza College really is
"The Most Wired" Community College!" You may also obtain an
ONLINE TUTOR from the tutorial center. Drop in help on your papers is
available from the new Writing & Reading Center (WRC) in AT 309.
Due dates for each written
assignment are listed
on the Weekly Assignment Schedule. All written assignments must be
turned in as
indicated on the Assignment Schedule.
[Provided by the Distance
If you fall behind in your
work contact your instructor for assistance right away. If it becomes
necessary to withdraw from the course, you have many available options:
To drop through the
STAR system: Call the
STAR system (408-777-9394).
1. Press 1 for De Anza College.
the Term number.
3. Enter your Social Security number.
4. Enter your 4-digit PIN number.
Follow the voice directions.
To come to campus and drop in
person: Turn in the drop slip for
at the Admissions
and Records Office or the Distance Learning
To Drop by telephone or Internet: Contact the Distance
Learning Center at (408) 864-8969 to drop over the telephone or use
the Internet registration system
at De Anza College to drop online: https://regserv.fhda.edu/da-reg.html.
Students who do not complete the first assignment or otherwise contact
the instructor will
be dropped from the course.
Refund Deadlines: You are
eligible to receive an enrollment fee refund only
withdraw from your
course prior to the second Friday of the quarter.
Grades are based are the following
| Theme 1, "Mr. Green" & Kieu Bio Para
|each 50 points
| Theme 2, "Kieu"
|| 100 points
| Logic Quiz (forum-group grade)
|| 40 points
| Mid-Term on QUAGMIRE
|| 40 points
| Research Paper
| Theme 6, Final Exam
Assignments and their
point value may change during the term at the instructor's discretion.
Students who submit the work of others as their
own or cheat on
exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade in the course
be reported to college authorities. In this regard I have a very easy
checking papers copied in part from web sources w/o attribution, and
students who do this. There is no reason not to document your work,
use of outside sources for research is imperative. I am confident that
do the right thing.
Final Grade Scale:
do not use plus or minus grades]
A = 90 - 100%
B = 80 - 89%
C = 75 - 79%
D = 70 - 74%
F = below 74%
To access final
the STAR system, after Finals Week:
1. Call the STAR system (408-777-9394).
2. Press 1 for De Anza College.
3. Enter the term number.
4. Enter your social security number.
5. Enter your 4-digit PIN number.·
6. Follow the voice directions for obtaining your final grades.
7. They will be read to you.
To access final grades through the
Internet: Go to the following Internet
By appointment. I am here all day
everyday that the school is open.
My office is in L11. See the Campus Map.
Email me or call me at 590-4430 to set up an appointment.
Come by anytime.
Office Location: L11
Office Telephone: (408) 590-4430
FAX Number: (408) 257-9591
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Research Portal: http://www.deanza.edu/faculty/swensson/ewrt2vn.html
When leaving your instructor a voice mail message, leave your name and
phone number and indicate when it is most convenient for your call to
be returned. Please speak slowly and clearly.
Laurel Torres, a full-time De Anza
College counselor, will be available to assist students in this class
with academic and personal counseling.
Office Location: Counseling
Department, Student and Community Services Building
Appointment Phone: (408) 864-5400
Office Phone: (408) 864-8781
De Anza College
A. Robert De Hart
Learning Center (Library): http://www.deanza.edu/library/
Circulation Desk: (408) 864-8761
Reference Desk: (408) 864-8479
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Map of Viet Nam at http://www.asiatravel.com/vietmap.html
All of the following books
are available in the DeCillis
Collection, 2nd Floor, Learning
Herr's DISPATCHES (The
most powerful book I have ever read)
Webb's FIELDS OF FIRE (Classic combat novel by the
former Secretary of the U.S.
Sheehan, A BRIGHT SHINING LIE
(The ONE volume to
read if you are only going to read one. The Pulitzer Prize Winning
story of John Paul Vann.)
AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER
Prochnau's ONCE UPON A DISTANT WAR. David Halberstam, Neil
Peter Arnett -- Young War Correspondents and their Early Vietnam Battles
The Pentagon Papers
Smith, AMERICAN DAUGHTER GONE TO WAR. (A beautiful story of a nurse with PTSD, by a close
friend of ours)
Walker, A PIECE OF MY HEART (Women
in Viet Nam)
Charley Trujillo, SOLDADOS (Hispanics in
Wallace Terry, BLOODS (African-Americans in Viet Nam)
Loren Baritz, BACKFIRE (Super,
somewhat left wing history of
American Cultural imperatives that led us to Viet Nam)
Anything by Robert Olen Butler, Phil Caputo,
or Larry Heineman
ALL OF THE ABOVE and 600 other videos on
Viet Nam are now located in The
DeCillis Collection, 2nd Floor of the Learning
Center, are also recommended:
- Errol Morris' THE FOG OF WAR
- Francis Coppola's APOCALYPSE NOW
(recommend the new, redux version)
- Michael Wayne's THE GREEN BERETS
- Oliver Stone's PLATOON
- Oliver Stone's HEAVEN & EARTH
(Note that this movie is based on a compilation
of both of Le Ly Hayslip's books, WHEN HEAVEN AND EARTH CHANGED PLACES
and CHILD OF WAR, WOMAN OF PEACE
- Burt Lancaster in GO TELL THE
SPARTANS. A movie about the early days of the advisory effort, circa
1963. Contains a lot of Americana.
- CBS 5 Volume History Series
- Pierre Schoendorfer, THE
ANDERSON PLATOON, which won an Emmy and an Oscar for Best TV
Documentary and Best Documentary of 1967. The story of an
African-American West Point classmate of mine, Joe Anderson, whose
exploits are also documented in Wallace Terry's BLOODS.
Other Viet Nam Links on the
The honor winning (awarded by the House of Representatives page on Viet
Nam) student research portal may be found at the following address: http://www.deanza.edu/faculty/swensson/ewrt2vn.html
Yahoo Search, VN Cultural Page.
- Women in Viet Nam by Marilyn Knapp Litt is
- The Vasser Viet Nam Page at vietnam.vassar.edu. This
is a seminal page for the study of the conflict, the country, and its
culture. It contains links to history chronologies, material for
teaching and learning organized by categories.
This page is very encompassing; it contains links to many other sites
of educational importance regarding the conflict.
© 2006 John
K. Swensson. All rights reserved.