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MO3513   Heavenly Decade: The 1960s

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: See

This module will concern itself with the 'Sixties experience'' as a worldwide phenomenon. The culture of 'sex, drugs and rock and roll' affected youth around the world. Social conventions were torn down in the frenzied obsession with rebellion and the 'counterculture'. But there was also a majority who neither tuned in, turned on, nor dropped out - youths who deplored the drug culture, held sex sacred, and preferred the Beatles to the Rolling Stones. The module will examine the links between countercultural movements in Berkeley, Berlin, Parish, Mexico City and elsewhere. Due primarily to the availability of sources the module will have an American bias, but there will be sufficient exploration of youth movements in other countries to provide an illuminating cross-cultural perspective. The module will also explore whether the heavenly decade was mainly myth, important more in retrospect than at the time.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass at least 60 credits from {MO1007, MO1008, MO2008, HI2001, MH2002}

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take MO4952

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour seminar, plus 1 office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 20

Guided independent study hours: 280

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 13%
Coursework: 27%

Re-assessment: 4,000 - to 5,000-word essay = 100%


Module teaching staff: Prof G De Groot