• Class Number 7139
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Douglas Craig
    • Dr Douglas Craig
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
    • Dr Douglas Craig
SELT Survey Results

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 have the knowledge and skills 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; and,
  6. Understand and demonstrate the significance of the subject matter for the subsequent development of the United States.

Research-Led Teaching

HIST 2126 incorporates several research-led teaching approaches and methods:

-- Engaging students in research processes - eg surveying relevant historiography to show evolution and contradiction in interpretation

-- analysis of primary sources in tutorial program and assessment exercises;

-- Inquiry-based learning through selection of a major essay topic and discovery/ use of relevant primary sources.

Examination Material or equipment

There will be a take-home examination, which will not require additional material/ resources

Required Resources

Required readings for tutorial discussions available through the HIST 2126 WATTLE site

Recommended texts listed in the HIST 2126 Course Guide

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Students in HIST 2126 are required to attempt all assessment items to pass the course. Failure to do so will result in a grade of NCN.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 What's in a Decade? Thinking about the !(^)S
2 Post War/ Cold War USA and the 1960s
3 JFK and the 1960s
4 After Camelot: LBJ, the middle 60s, and Civil Rights
5 Vietnam Document Exercise due
6 The War on Poverty
7 The New Left and the campus revolt
8 Feminism and Identity Politics
9 Youth Culture and Counterculture
10 When do decades end? The meanings of 168 Essay due
11 The New Right
12 Exam details and review

Tutorial Registration

Through HIST2126 WATTLE site

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Document Exercise 20 % 23/08/2021 1,3,5
Essay 40 % 11/10/2021 1,3,5
Tutorial Participation 10 % * 1,4,5
Final take-home examination 30 % * 2,5

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


10% weighting. Tutorial participation -- not mere attendance -- by each student throughout semester

Assessment Task 1

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 23/08/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,5

Document Exercise

1000 words. Analysus of one of three documents provided

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 11/10/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,5


2,500 words. Students select one of 13 suggested topics or on their own topic if approved in advance by the Convenor. Use of primary sources required.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5

Tutorial Participation

Tutorial participation -- not mere attendance -- by each student throughout semester

Assessment Task 4

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,5

Final take-home examination

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission


Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Written assessment will be returned to students via the HIST 2126 WATTLE site

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Douglas Craig

Research Interests

United States twentieth century political history

Dr Douglas Craig

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Dr Douglas Craig

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Dr Douglas Craig

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Dr Douglas Craig

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Dr Douglas Craig

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