LSO419 - Utopianism: Social Dreaming in Popular Culture

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Subject Title
Utopianism: Social Dreaming in Popular Culture

Subject Description
Utopianism is an exercise in ?social dreaming,? the imagining of a society vastly different from our own that provides both an imaginative exercise to inspire social change and a self-reflective tool to critically engage our own society. This kind of thought experiment is therefore not about implementing a social blueprint or achieving an unattainable human perfectibility; instead, utopianism is a vehicle for careful reflection upon contemporary social, political, and ethical issues that govern our lives in the 21st century. LSO419: Utopianism: Social Dreaming in Popular Culture will therefore help students navigate the complicated waters of utopian thinking by focusing mainly on literary utopias and, where relevant, the utopian longings in other facets of popular culture. Students will learn not only about the socio-political critique informing both classic and contemporary literary utopias, but also the critical terminology necessary for a deeper understanding of utopianism in popular culture that befits an upper-level degree-calibre course.

Credit Status
One upper level Liberal Studies elective credit.

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

1. Define and explain key terms and critical concepts related to Utopianism to further develop critical thinking and language skills.
2. Explore Utopianism in popular culture to classify and compare different articulations of utopian desire in popular culture.
3. Assess and delve into Utopianism as a thought experiment that simultaneously entertains and speaks to contemporary socio-political issues.
4. Evaluate the articulations of Utopianism to discuss and assess key socio-political systems in Western culture.
5. Apprise the intersections of ‘thought experiment’ and ‘reality’ that make meaningful connections between social dreaming and real-world conditions.
6. Apply stylistic and research conventions that enhance organizational and communication skills, particularly in written and/or oral assignments.

Essential Employability Skills
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Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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