• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, History, Sociology, Literature
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

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.

Learning Outcomes

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:
  1. explain the history of Utopias;
  2. evaluate theories of utopianism;
  3. carry out case study analysis of Utopian novels; and
  4. develop and articulate critical understanding of the relations between Utopian thinking, social change, and fiction.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial 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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130 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

48 units of 1000 level ANU courses including 6 units of SOCY or HIST courses; or permission of the convenor.

Preliminary Reading

Thomas More, Utopia




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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
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