Fall 2010 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Rabe, Steve
Discipline and Number
HUHI 6344 Section 001
W Time 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Course Title
The 1960s

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. A central purpose of the course will be also to help the aging instructor recapture and relive his long-lost youth.

During seminar sessions, beyond discussing the readings and debating the issues, we will be viewing documentary films.

Required Texts:

TEXTS (All Paperbacks)

Mark Hamilton Lytle, America’s Uncivil Wars.
Brian Ward, ed. The 1960s: A Documentary Reader.
Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughter-house Five, or the Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death.
Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman, All You Need Is Love: The Peace Corps and the Spirit of the
Michael Flamm and David Steigerwald, Debating the 1960s.
Philip Caputo, A Rumor of War.
Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, The Final Days.
Barry K. Grant, ed., American Cinema of the 1960s.
Sara Davidson, Loose Change: Three Women of the Sixties.
Glen Altschuler, All Shook Up: How Rock ‘n” 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 (1,000 -1,250 words) papers based on assigned readings.

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