Spring 2016 -
Graduate Course Description
Discipline and Number
7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Description of Course:
The title of this course is "The Long Decade: The 1960s, from Elvis to The Last Waltz." This multidisciplinary course defines "the 1960s" as the period from the mid-1950s (Elvis, the Montgomery Bus Boycott) to the mid-1970s (the fall of Richard Nixon, The Band's "Last Waltz" Concert). This is a period of intense political, social, and cultural change in U.S. society. As such, we will be examining the various movements: civil rights, youth, countercultural, feminist, and anti-war. We will want to discuss the "sexual revolution" of the 1960s and the changing relationships between men and women. We will also examine the critical foreign policy events of the period: the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. In addition, we will examine developments in high and popular culture in areas such as film, literature, and music.
The format of the seminar will be discussion and debate. We will also be viewing documentary and feature films each seminar session. We will be using the full 2 hours and 45 minutes of each seminar session. But we will be hearing some good music.
As in the past 39 years of my teaching at UTD, our seminar will be a weapons-free zone.
Mark Hamilton Lytle, Americaâ€™s Uncivil Wars.
Brian Ward, ed. The 1960s: A Documentary Reader.
Karen Smith & Ted Koster, eds., Time It Was: American Stories from the Sixties.
Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckooâ€™s Nest.
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughter-house Five, or the Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with
Stephanie Coontz, A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women.
Frank Lambert, The Battle of Ole Miss: Civil Rights vs. Stateâ€™s Rights
Philip Caputo, A Rumor of War.
Sara Davidson, Loose Change: Three Women of the Sixties.
Glen Altschuler, All Shook Up: How Rock â€˜nâ€ Roll Changed America.
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Faithful attendance at seminar sessions; vigorous and informed participation in seminar discussions; submission of a series (8-12) of short (1,250 words) papers based on assigned readings. Final grade will be based on instructor's evaluation of student's entire effort in class.