History Thematic Course: The Sixties

Module code: V1344
Level 6
30 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module explores the nature and significance of social, political, economic and cultural change during the 1960s. Marked by changing attitudes to authority, rises in material standards of living, the transformation of personal relationships and the emergence of new political movements and cultural formations, the decade in many ways set the political and cultural agenda for the rest of the century.

In order to assess the significance of the period, the module takes a comparative approach to the analysis of historical change during the 1960s. It uses certain themes and concepts (the body, humour, space and place, religion and belief), applying them in a variety of national and international situations to address areas such as: gender politics, sexuality and sexual identity, youth and countercultures, anti-war and civil rights movements, music and media, protest and politics.

Module learning outcomes

  • Evaluate a historical question thematically.
  • Compare and contrast a situation in different social and historical settings using a variety of source materials, and locate their analysis and conceptual awareness within an overall understanding of historical chronology.
  • Successfully produce a 4,000 word essay, which tests the above skills and requires more sustained analysis than in any previous exercise.