Death (and Rebirth?) of the Hippie: Rise & Fall of a Cultural Archetype

Instructor: 
Brad Southard
Day/Time Taught: 
MW 2:00-3:15 pm
Term: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200
Section-1: 
134

This course will examine the cultural period of the 60’s, the “Hippie” culture, its rise and demise. The Hippie archetype will be examined through the lens of music, politics, fashion, and cultural way of life of the hippie. We will also look at how a ‘counterculture’ seemingly transformed into a mainstream phenomenon within popular culture. Socio-historical context will be extremely important in this examination of this archetype and the culture pervading it. The Vietnam War, the sexual revolution, the civil rights struggle, the corrupt political climate, societal and political repression, as well as other aspects, will be critical to this exploration. In conclusion, the question will be posed as to how this cultural phenomenon influenced contemporary society and whether or not the hippie culture is present in some forms in the youth of contemporary American society, what could be considered the “neo-hippie” movement.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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