EAC236 - Utopia: Dream or Nightmare

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Subject Title
Utopia: Dream or Nightmare

Subject Description
Memories of a mythical era of equality, peace and plenty have been part of our heritage since the beginning of recorded history. The visionaries of utopia want us to realize this dream of the golden age of the future, and construct a perfect society for perfectible human beings. But utopian schemes often turn into dystopian nightmares, horrifying societies where freedom is restricted (or non-existent). By examining fictional texts, we will explore the ways that utopian plans for perfection frequently lead to destruction.

Credit Status
One general education credit in the Arts & Humanities category

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Learn about periods in history, and coinciding literary works, through lectures, group activities, quizzes or tests, and writing assignments.
  2. See through class discussion and writing assignments how irony, satire, analogy, juxtaposition, and metaphor bring forth dystopic themes.
  3. Practice cross-referencing skills in class discussions and assignments by comparing literary works to one another, to historical eras, and to the current cultural milieu.
  4. Conduct research into current utopic/dystopic trends, then present ideas and findings to the class.
  5. Challenge complacent assumptions, both personal and cultural.
  6. Learn about archetypal, mythological patterns in literature through lectures, group activities, and assignments.
  7. Enjoy literature in a meaningful and engaging context.

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