• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Douglas Craig
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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The American 1960s were marked by prosperity, a losing war, civil rights movements and an explosion of youth culture. In the process it became one of the most documented, celebrated and condemned decades of the twentieth century. This course examines the United States’ 1960s to raise questions about the 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 other nations 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. Evaluate the historical significance of those events, movements and ideas.
  3. Demonstrate strong research, writing and analytical skills.
  4. Understand the American 1960s in comparison to that decade in Australia and Europe.
  5. 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.
  6. Understand and demonstrate the significance of the subject matter for the subsequent development of the United States.

Other Information

This course can be counted towards a History or American Studies major.

Indicative Assessment

The assessment package includes:

  1. A short document exercise of 1000 words (worth 20% of the final mark) [assesses learning outcomes 2, 3, 5, 6]
  2. A research essay of  2,500 words (worth 40 % of the final mark) [assesses Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 5, 6]
  3. Tutorial participation (worth 10% of the final mark) [assesses Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4, 5, 6]
  4. Final examination (worth 30 % of the final mark) [assesses Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 5, 6]


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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 to research and write the research essay.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 36 units of ANU courses towards a degree, or with the permission of the convenor.You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST6126.

Preliminary Reading

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




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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $2718
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3876
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4302 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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