The Politics of Student Movements in the ’60s (SCT2141.01)

Janet Foley, John Hultgren

To most of you, the 1960’s might seem like ancient history. There wasn’t even social media! You might be surprised to find out that many of the problems confronted by the student movement during that time are the same as problems we see today. Although the student uprisings seemed focused on the Vietnam War, many other issues were part of the struggle: workers strikes, antiracist actions, the changing role of women in society, the question of violence/pacifism, and the ecological crisis. This seven-week class will use readings, discussions, guest speakers, and individual projects to examine the role of SDS (Students for a Democratic Society) in mobilizing a national movement based on grassroots organizing, its part in generating antiwar sentiment, and its location within the broader terrain of ’60s struggles.

Prerequisites: None.
Credits: 2
M/Th 1:40-3:30 (first seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only
This course is categorized as All courses, SCT.