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HISTORY 3J03 U.S.InThe1960'S

Academic Year: Winter 2017

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. Stephen Streeter

Email: streete@mcmaster.ca

Office: Chester New Hall 623

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 24147


Office Hours: Mondays, 2-3 p.m.

Course Objectives:

History 3J03 explores the major social movements of the “long 1960s” in the United States, which is to say that our chronological coverage will include the historical eras that immediately proceeded and followed the decade itself. The aim is to explore how these movements unfolded, how they were connected to each other, and how they changed America. Because the sixties were such a rich visual decade, film documentaries will supplement lectures.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Anderson, Terry H. The Sixties. 4th ed. Boston: Pearson Longman, 2012.


Bloom, Alexander, and Wini Breines, eds. “Takin’ it to the Streets”: A Sixties Reader. 4th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015.

Method of Assessment:

class participation                               15%                 weekly beginning on 17 January

essay (2000 words minimum)             35%                 signup for topic at noon, 17 January; essay is due

                                                                                    on Avenue by 11:59 p.m. on 10 March

final exam                                           50%                 determined by the registrar

For a full explanation of each grade component, see the full course outline on Avenue.

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

Late assignments will be penalized at 0.25 points per hour. It is your responsibility to keep backup copies of all written work that you do for this course. Computer malfunctions will not be accepted as valid excuses for late assignments. All legitimate excuses (illness and extreme family emergencies) for late assignments must be addressed in writing to the instructor with the appropriate documentation. The following excuses will NOT be accepted for missing class: the pressure of other course demands, paid employment, volunteer work, vacation, athletics, theatre arts, and military service. If you anticipate that any of these activities will prevent you from attending class on a regular basis, then you are advised not to take this course. If you are present in class but forget to sign the attendance sheet, then that class will count as the one class you can miss without penalty. Please note that MSAF may not be used to “buy” additional absences. Written documentation is required for absences beyond one.

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Academic Dishonesty

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It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

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Topics and Readings:

See course outline