• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History

The 1960s in the United States were marked by prosperity, social unrest, a losing war, large scale civil rights movements and the flowering of youth culture. In the process the 1960s became one of the most documented, celebrated and condemned decades of the twentieth century. This course examines the 1960s in a historical perspective in order to raise questions about the longer term significance of the Vietnam War, the War against Poverty, Civil Rights and the counter culture for American society and values. Along the way we can also explore the usefulness of decades as units of historical time and the parallels and contrasts between the experiences of the United States, Britain, France and Australia during these years.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the key events, movements and ideas of the period 1956-1972 in the United States;
  2. Demostrate strong research, writing and analytical skills, with particular reference to relevant primary sources;
  3. Understand the American 1960s in comparison to that decade in Australia and Europe;
  4. Critically reflect upon the insights provided by different sources, for example music, movies and literature, to our understanding of the meanings and significances of the 1960s.

Indicative Assessment

An assessment package will be negotiated with each student.  Each package will include a 4000 word essay based on primary sources and worth at least 60%. 

Each package will evaluate Learning Outcomes 1-4.

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Workload

The course is offered on campus via lectures (which will be streamed) and tutorials.

One ninety minute lecture and one tutorial per week. Lectures will be taped.  Students will be expected to spend an average of 7.5 hours per week outside these contact hours to prepare for tutorials and for research and writing of written work.

Preliminary Reading

Chalmers, D, And the Crooked Placed Made Straight, John Hopkins, UP.

Assumed Knowledge

HIST 6126 has no specific eligibility requirements beyond those required for entry into post-graduate history programs.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1542
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3618
2004 $3618
2005 $3618
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4323 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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