What drives individuals to generate Utopian imaginaries? How are Utopias produced? Can we build a sociological theory of Utopia production? This course investigates these questions through research-based teaching: students will be invited to participate in ongoing research that aims to develop a theory of Utopia production. Drawing on numerous case studies, the course will introduce students to the ways in which the future has been conceived in the West since the sixteenth century. It will explore Utopian hopes and dystopian fears in fiction as well as concrete attempts to realize these projects.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- explain the history of Utopias;
- evaluate theories of utopianism;
- carry out case study analysis of Utopian novels; and
- develop and articulate critical understanding of the relations between Utopian thinking, social change, and fiction.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial participation (15%) Learning Outcomes 3-4
Mid-Term Examination, 1 hour (20%) Learning Outcomes 1-2
Research essay, 2000 words (35%) Learning Outcomes 1-3
Take home examination, 1000 words, held during the formal examination period (30%) Learning Outcomes 2, 4
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 35 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 11 hours of workshop and workshop-like activities; and
b) 95 hours of independent student research, reading, and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Thomas More, Utopia
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