This "un-essay" assignment, which was used in an upper-level class on the Vietnam War, provides an alternate option for students' final research project--one that encourages creativity and experimentation in multimedia. The assignment prompt also defines the un-essay, offers examples from other courses, and provides evaluation criteria.
In this assignment for an upper-level class on the Vietnam War, students conduct oral history interviews with Vietnam veterans. The project was designed to support the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. The assignment prompt also provides links and resources for learning and conducting oral history interviews.
This syllabus approaches the history of the Vietnam War through social history, engaging a variety of perspectives and teaching through oral history narratives and novels. The course schedule includes readings, films, oral histories, and other resources.
This class explores the Vietnam War and its contested legacies through documentary and feature films.