Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll?: Understanding the 1960s
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|Course Dates||Weeks||Meeting Times||Status||Instructor(s)||CRN|
|July 28, 2014 - August 08, 2014||2||M-F 9A-11:50A||Open||Benjamin Holtzman||10628|
The common image of the 1960s is filled with hippies, sex, drugs, music, and protest. But what really happened? This course examines the political, social, and cultural struggles that occurred in the U.S. from roughly the mid-1950s through the mid-1970s.
The 1960s was a watershed decade in modern American history. The United States that emerged in its aftermath was very different from the country that existed before. Examining the 1960s in great depth likewise allows us a deeper understanding of post-World War II American history, revealing the roots of many contemporary issues and conflicts.
Major course themes include: the civil rights movement and Black Power; the Vietnam War and the antiwar movement; the rise of both the New Left and the New Right; the counterculture and cultural change; and the emergence of feminism and anti-feminism. We will seek to understand what these were and why they occurred and, moreover, why they all occurred at roughly the same time.
The course is an opportunity to develop skills critical to success in college history courses, including the ability to effectively:
Analyze primary and secondary documents for argument and context.
Identify relevant concepts and ideas from course materials and lecture, in order to discuss important political transitions and social movements" relating these historical developments to the present day, when possible.
Develop a clear argument with a strong thesis, and to select relevant examples from course materials to prove your argument.
A high-school level U.S. history course that covers some portion of U.S. history up to at least 1950, would be a helpful prerequisite.