COMPLIT 241 - Topics in Comparative Literature
Section: 002 Build Your Own Utopia
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
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If you ever wanted to improve the world around you, and you did not know where or how to start, this class is for you: “Build Your Own Utopia” is an interdisciplinary course designed to help students clarify and evaluate their ideals as they improve reading, writing and discussion skills. We will read the works of several well-known utopian and dystopian authors (Plato, More, Swift, Bellamy, Skinner, Huxley, Orwell, Zamyatin, Piercy, Resnick, LeGuin, Callenbach, Stanley Robinson) along with the founding documents of some intentional, such as Oneida and Owenite, communities. We will also watch several feature and documentary movies on the topic (such as 1984, The Beach, The Amish, The Shakers, Gattaca). Working individually and in small groups, students will use the assigned readings, the Internet and personal experiences to gather the theoretical information necessary for building/creating a “literary” utopia or “an intentional community”. The final projects will consist of utopias created by the students themselves, presented to the class during the final part of the course, and posted on the official class website.

The course work consists of several short quizzes, two 5-6 page papers, a short presentation, a take home final, and the final project.

COMPLIT 241 - Topics in Comparative Literature
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001 (SEM)
2LSA Hnrs
MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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