This unit explores how different worlds are imagined in speculative fiction, film, and critical theory. Taking an historical approach, the unit traces the trajectory of utopian/dystopian texts and theories through the last five hundred years, concentrating on the dystopian visions prevalent in the twentieth century and the new millennium. The unit examines the relationship between the historical/political moment of the text's production, and the speculative re-imagining of the world that the text offers. Through a selection of texts, students will be asked to consider utopian and dystopian representations of science and technology, political discourses such as Marxism and Feminism, and the environment (including the built environment).
|Unit name||Utopian and Dystopian Visions|
|Faculty/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Dr Eliza Murphy
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
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- Analyse selected texts demonstrating knowledge of: a. the texts and topics introduced in this unit b) relevant theoretical issues as introduced in this unit c) the political dimensions of representation.
- Construct an argument supported by: a) evidence from your chosen text(s) b) reference to secondary material
- Identify and analyse connections between texts considered in the unit.
- Communicate effectively through written English in a variety of settings.
25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
Five contact hours fortnightly (13 wks)
Task 1: Research Proposal (30%)
Task 2: Research Project (60%)
Task 3: Tutorial/Online Participation and Exercises (10%)
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