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Culture vs. Counterculture: America in the 1960s (AMST 1155)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course is a study of American art, literature, politics, music and social values in the 1960s. You will closely examine the impact of African-American, Native American, and other minorities-including gay and lesbian communities-in building a viable counterculture that shaped American cultural values to the present time.

Topical Outline:
1. Cultural dynamics of America in the 1960s
2. Civil Rights Movements
3. New Left and Alternative Movements
4. The Crisis in American Cities
5. The War in Vietnam

Learning Outcomes:
1. Identify, describe, analyze and the interpret the interplay of culture and counter-culture in America during the 1960s
2. Respond critically to scholarly discourse about American culture in the 1960s
3. Know and apply key concepts of culture studies such as culture, society, ideology and agency
4. Apply course content to analysis of the impact of the 1960s on contemporary American life

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0200 or ESOL 0052 or completion of READ 0100 or ESOL 0042

  • Goal 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts
  • Goal 8: Global Perspectives