Topic 5 Australia in the Vietnam War Era


Australia’s response to the threat of communism in Asia after WWII including:
    • Korean War
    • ANZUS Treaty
    • SEATO Alliance
Students learn to:
  • sequence the key events in Australia’s response to the threat of communism in Asia after WWII
  • explain the purpose of the treaties Australia contracted during this period

The response to the threat of communism within Australia including:
    • referendum to ban the Communist Party
    • the Petrov Affair
Students learn to:
  • outline the key developments in Australia’s response to communism within Australia

Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War
Students learn to:
  • explain the reasons for Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War

Differing views of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War eg:
    • supporters of the war
    • conscientious objectors
    • the moratorium movement
Students learn to:
  • explain the reasons why different groups within Australia supported or opposed Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War
  • select appropriate sources that reflect different perspectives about Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War

The impact of the war on ONE of the following:
    • Vietnam veterans and families
    • Indo-Chinese refugees
    • Australian culture
    • Australia’s relations with Asia
Students learn to:
  • assess the impact of the war on the chosen study