Britain and the global 1960s: youth culture and generational revolt

Course Dates: 08/04/24 - 13/05/24
Time: 19:30 - 21:30
Location: Online
This course offers an exploration of the 1960s in Britain. It addresses some of the myths of the period about the Beatles, the Mod Culture, the media representation of “Swinging” London; and Britain’s “1968”.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Britain and the global 1960s: youth culture and generational revolt
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  • Course Code: HBH86
  • Dates: 08/04/24 - 13/05/24
  • Time: 19:30 - 21:30
  • Taught: Mon, Evening
  • Duration: 5 sessions (over 6 weeks)
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: David Fowler

Course Code: HBH86

Started Mon, eve, 08 Apr - 13 May '24

Duration: 5 sessions (over 6 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The course is thematic and draws on the author’s pioneering archival and documentary research about the 1960s in Britain and beyond, including in the USA and Europe. Themes covered include: the Cultural Impact of the Beatles; the Mod Culture of ‘60s Britain, Cinema and Society in the 1960s, “Swinging” London and Pop Culture and Counterculture.

The course places Britain’s 1960s into the wider transnational context of Global Youth and Student Movements, and asks whether Britain did, in fact, experience a Generational Revolt in the spheres of national politics, university affairs, music and pop culture, and lifestyle movements.

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?

- The Cultural Impact of the Beatles
- The Mod Culture of ‘60s Britain
- Cinema and Society in the 1960s
- “Swinging” London
- Pop Culture and Counterculture.

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

- challenge some of the myths of the 1960s;
- have acquired a greater understanding of the decade from recent scholarly research findings.

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

Imaginative engagement; Curiosity; a love of History and Reading.

The course is a advacned level course; but it is accessible to non-specialists who can demonstrate the skills outlined.

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

By tutors presentations, weekly reading and tasks for class discussions.

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

No additional costs.

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

Please explore our British history section for additional courses.

David Fowler

Dr David M. Fowler is an Historian of Modern Britain; the 1960s; and the Thatcher Decade. He is based at the University of Cambridge where he is a Life Member in Residence of Clare Hall, Cambridge and teaches for the Colleges and Faculties of the University of Cambridge. He has published two widely acclaimed books on the history of Youth Culture in Twentieth Century Britain and scholarly articles on aspects of Modern British Cultural History. His new book, Oxford and Revolution: Student Power, “1968” and a British Cultural Revolt is forthcoming with Oxford University Press and due out in 2023.

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.