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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the key events, movements and ideas of the period 1956-1972 in the United States;
- Demostrate strong research, writing and analytical skills, with particular reference to relevant primary sources;
- Understand the American 1960s in comparison to that decade in Australia and Europe;
- 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.
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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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 30 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 100 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Chalmers, D, And the Crooked Placed Made Straight, John Hopkins, UP.
HIST 6126 has no specific eligibility requirements beyond those required for entry into post-graduate history programs.
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