Topics in Social Science
I. Course Prefix/Number: SSC 290
Course Name: Topics in Social Science
Credits: 1-4 (1-3 lecture; 1-4 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
IV. Learning Objectives
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
One major topic or several minor topics relating to an overall theme will be selected for study. A sample outline is represented below. The exact outline of topics is contingent on the nature of the course:
- Roots of a War: Vietnam and the outside world up to the end of World War II
- The First Vietnam War: Vietnam vs. the French (1946-1954)
- America's Mandarin: Growing U.S. support for the government of South Vietnam (1954-1963)
- L.B.J. Goes to War: 1964-1965
- America Takes Charge: The escalation of U.S. involvement (1965-1967)
- America's Enemy: A view from Vietnam (1954-1967)
- Tet: The turning point in U.S. public opinion (1968)
- Vietnamizing the War: 1968-1973
- Cambodia and Laos: The secret war
- Peace is at Hand: 1968-1973
- Homefront, U.S.A.
- The End of the Tunnel: Getting out of Vietnam (1973-1975)
- The Legacies of the War
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
This course relies on the student's ability to read and understand college-level text material. Students will be required to write for the class the equivalent of 12-15 typed pages of material that will be graded. This writing may take the form of a research or term paper, summaries of journal articles, and/or a series of shorter, analytical papers.
IX. Instructional Materials
The typical materials for a social science course (textbooks, library materials, movies, sound/slide programs, media based course materials) will be used. Materials will be assigned according to the specific topic requirements.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
XI. Other Course Information
Class policy on make-up exams, late assignments, etc.
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.