America in the 60s: culture and society

Course Dates: 13/05/20 - 15/07/20
Time: 14:45 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Mark Malcomson
Zoe Quinn
Patricia Sweeney

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.


What is the course about?

We will explore the political, social and cultural context of 1960s America through a study of literature, history, music, film and art of the period. The course has different tutors for each specialism, providing different ways in to understanding the decade.

What will we cover?

Sessions will be divided into different sections, taught by specialist tutors.

13th May - Literature - tutor Patricia Sweeney
20 May - History lecture - tutor Mark Malcomson
27 May & 3 June - History - tutor Zoe Quinn
10 June - Film
17 & 24 June - Art - tutor Ian Tucknott
1 & 8 July - Music - tutor Trish Shaw
15 July - Literature - tutor Patricia Sweeney.

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 culture
-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 is welcome.

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

Sessions will include short lectures and working in small and large groups. Film extracts will be shown in
those designated sessions.

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

Materials will be provided by the lecturers.

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

Look at other courses in the Humanities under History, Culture and Writing at in the
History, Literature and Film Studies sections.

Tutor Biographies
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Ian Tucknott See more

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.

Book your place

Course Code: HLT165

Wed, day, 13 May - 15 Jul '20

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

Full fee: £159.00
Senior fee: £127.00
Concession: £70.00

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