America in the Sixties
- Level 3
- Semester 1
- 24 places
- History - School of Humanities
- Coursework 50% Examination 50%
The aims of this module are to:
- explore the social and political history of the United States in the 1960s
- examine its relevance to the US today
- examine debates over race, gender and sexuality during the 1960s
- improve students' abilities to read original sources (in English translation) and use them to construct their own argument
Topics will include:
- An appreciation of how public discourse on questions relating to race, gender and sexuality shaped the development of social and political attitudes during this period
- The Cold War at home
- The Civil Rights Movement
- The Politics of the great society and its critics
- The Vietnam war at home and abroad
- Feminism and the Women's Rights Movement
- Riots and Rebellions: the polarization of American society and politics
- The rise of the New Right
- The sixties legacy
Dr Zoe Colley
This module will be taught by direct contact with students for a total of three hours a week.
Lectures will serve the purpose of delivering a broad overview of the themes and issues relating to weekly topics, and seminars will further explore certain aspects of the topic.
This module is assessed as follows:
- Essay (35%)
- Presentation (15%)
- Examination (50%)
- Thomas Paterson., Major Problems in American History Since 1945. (2007).
- David Farber., The Columbia Guide to America in the Sixties. (2003).
- Peter Levy., America in the Sixties - Right, Left and Centre, A Documentary History. (1998).
- Richard Goodwin., Remembering America in the Sixties: A Voice from the Sixties. (1998).
- Mark Lytle., America's Uncivil Wars: The Sixties Era from Elvis to the Fall of Richard Nixon. (2005).
- Michael Heale., The Sixties in America: History, Politics and Protest. (2011).
- Douglas Miller., On Our Own: America in the Sixties. (1995).
- John Greene., America in the Sixties. (2010).