Demanding The Impossible: European Societies In The 1960S HIST4005

  • Academic Session: 2015-16
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This special subject examines the origins, nature and lasting impacts of the radical social, cultural and political changes in West and East European societies during the 'long 1960s'.


Thursdays from 2pm - 5pm

Requirements of Entry

Successful completion of junior honours


Two essays, each 1500-200 words in length; two seminars papers and 2 x 2hourly examinations in the April/May diet

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The aims common to all the Department's Honours modules are as follows:
1. to develop the intellectual interests and analytical skills acquired by students during their first two years;
2. To offer the opportunity to study previously unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide choice of options;
3. To offer the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness;
4. To introduce complex historical debates and interpretations, to develop skill in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform the discussion with new ideas derived from lecturers' current research;
5. To encourage the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice, group discussion and, where appropriate, a problem-solving teamwork.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this special subject, students should be able to demonstrate:

1. an understanding of the origins and nature of the socio-economic, cultural and political changes in Europe in the long 1960s.
2. familiarity with the specific conditions in a number of key countries and the ability to meaningfully compare different cases across Eastern and Western Europe.
3. an understanding of the interpretations on the lasting legacy of the 1960s in European culture.
4. the ability to critically discuss the main historiographic debates on the origins and meaning of the 1960s.
5. the critical discussion and contextualisation of primary sources; the ability to distinguish between different types of sources, and demonstrate the ability to read texts on different levels.
6. the ability to present a piece of primary and secondary source based research in the form of a seminar presentation and discussion, or an essay.