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School of Politics and International Relations

POL380 Utopia and Dystopia: Political, Economic and Literary Dreamworlds

POL380 Utopia and Dystopia: Political, Economic and Literary Dreamworlds (POL380B – Spring)

Credits: 15
Semester: A

Module Convenor: Prof James Dunkerley
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

Description: This module introduces students to a wide range of approaches to Utopian and Dystopian thought and literature. It concentrates on political, economic, and literary dreamworlds since the 16th century. Imagination means ‘image making’, and in this sense, we look at utopias as images, snapshots of political desire that reproduce, in the negative, darkness as light, light as darkness, a set geometry of oppression, the contours of a present frustrated.

Connected course(s): Compulsory for: None
Assessment: Book Review- 1000 words (30%) and Essay- 3000 words (70%)
Level: 6