Exploring the Beat Generation and Beyond: A Study of Counterculture

Instructor: 
Kate Spencer
Meeting Days/Times: 
Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Also Counts: 
This course also fulfills the HU general education requirement

In the 1950s, a counterculture emerged that defied the norms of a conventional and consumerist society. A precursor to the Hippie movement of the 1960s, the Beats brought attention to issues of sexuality, class, race, and gender in ways considered provocative and unorthodox. The result was a cultural movement that left a lasting impact on the modern Western world. We will examine a variety of works including texts, film, and music that exemplify the historical, political and social implications of the time.

You will explore questions and share discoveries in the form of oral communication and the written word. What was the historical context that helped to propel the progressive views of the subculture? What kinds of political and social changes were initiated due to the mindset of the group? What impact has this had on us today? In a final multi-media research project, students will document and display ways that the movement has influenced our modern day society.