1968: A Most Significant Year

The conservative values of the 1940s and 1950s were challenged by the emerging youth counterculture of the 1960s. The music, art, films and literature of the period reflected a strong focus on the struggles for women’s rights, civil rights and social justice. These tensions exploded throughout 1968 not only in London, Paris and San Francisco but in most western European countries. The excesses of the Cultural Revolution did huge damage to China in 1968. The Prague Spring was ruthlessly suppressed by Russian tanks. The Apartheid regime in South Africa was widely condemned internationally.

This class will be delivered face-to-face at WEA Sydney. Enrolling students need to ensure they have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling.

SUGGESTED READING

  • Charles Kaiser, 1968 : America, Music, Politics, Chaos, Counterculture and the Shaping of a Generation, Grove Press 2018
  • Mark Kurlansky, 1968, The Year That Rocked the World, Randon House, 2005

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Key developments in anti establishment challenges to conservative thinking of previous decades, in music, literature, art and films of 1968
  • Russian repression of the Prague Spring reform movement in Czechoslovakia
  • The Red Guards and the terror released during Mao’s Cultural Revolution in China
  • Roles of key individuals in the case studies of China, Czechoslovakia and South Africa, including Leonid Brezhnev, Alexander Dubcek, Muhammed Ali, Nelson Mandela, B J Vorster, Mao Tse Tung

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the factors contributing to the emergence of a counter culture in the 1960s, especially 1968.
  2. Understand the mixed responses of democratic and totalitarian governments to the complex challenges of the events 1968.
  3. Evaluate the key role of individual politicians, counterculture leaders, social justice advocates and those opposed to reform in 1968.
$65 Limited

<p>The conservative values of the 1940s and 1950s were challenged by the emerging youth counterculture of the 1960s. The music, art, films and literature of the period reflected a strong focus on the

...
15 Jan
$65 Limited

<p>The conservative values of the 1940s and 1950s were challenged by the emerging youth counterculture of the 1960s. The music, art, films and literature of the period reflected a strong focus on the

...
22 Jan

Interested in this course but can't attend? Please join the waiting list by clicking .