America in the 60s: culture and society

Course Dates: 12/10/21 - 07/12/21
Time: 18:00 - 19:45
Location: Online
The 1960s was the decade that profoundly changed American culture. We explore the trajectory of a decade, including the presidential terms of Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, Vietnam, the civil rights movement, second wave feminism and radical changes in literature, art, music and film, all reflecting the historical turbulence of 1960s America.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: HLT267

Started Tue, eve, 12 Oct - 07 Dec '21

Duration: 9 sessions (over 9 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This online intertextual course explores the political, social and cultural context of 1960s America through a study of literature, history, music, film and art of the period. With different tutors for each specialism, the course provides a 'taster' in each subject as a gateway to further study in understanding this fascinating period in American culture and society.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Course syllabus:
12th October- Literature - tutor Patricia Sweeney: Through a selection of fiction, essays and drama, we investigate the social and cultural influences that contributed to creating a new kind of American literary voice.

19 October - History lecture - tutor Mark Malcomson: Poltitics, presidents and the historical legacy

26 Oct & 02 November - History - tutor Zoe Quinn: A brief introduction to the African-American civil rights movement in the early 1960s- its origins, aims and tactics.

9 & 16 November - Film- tutor Mick McAloon: View films that captured, and in some cases anticipated, the national mood, including 'Psycho', 'The Manchurian Candidate', 'Bonnie and Clyde', 'In the Heat of the Night' and 'Medium Cool'.

23 November - Art - tutor Ian Tucknott: $hop Art: explore American art in the 1960s as a response to the rise of post-war capitalism and artists' response to popular media, consumer culture, and everyday life. From Andy Warhol to Claes Oldenberg to James Rosenquist, we'll look at the rise and influence of Pop Art. We consider a number of responses and rebukes to the movement's perceived decadence and the commodification of creativity. Artists explored will include Donald Judd, George Maciunas, Yoko Ono, and Barbara Jones-Hogu.

30 November - Music - tutor Trish Shaw: Explore the cutting edge nature of American music in the 1960s, from happenings to music as social and political comment.

07 December - Literature- tutor Patricia Sweeney: A review of literary movements of the decade.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

-Understand how America changes socially, politically and economically during this period
-Explore the literary works of the period and how they reflect the cultural changes taking place in the country
-Develop an awareness of how the film and motion picture industry reflects not only the 'norm' but critiques the
-Explore new ways of seeing through 1960s art movements.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Anyone with an interest in American culture and society is welcome.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Sessions will range from a formal lecture on Presidential history of the 60s, to short lecture and class discussion in large and small groups. Film and drama extracts will be shown for designated sessions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Materials will be provided and/or links will be given for designated sessions. Bring a pen and paper or tablet for notes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Look for America in the 70s: culture and society (code tbc) in term 2 and America in the 80s: culture and society (code tbc) in term 3. For other literature courses, please look on our website at under History, Culture and Writing.

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Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.