Can the imagination can be a tool for social change? This idea has been influential in Europe. Writers and thinkers since the beginning of modernity have imagined ideal solutions to the problems of social and political change, conflict and war. In this unit we study the speculative, ideal, and futuristic imaginative constructs which have influenced the development of European modernity. Texts such as More's Utopia, Marx's Communist Manifesto and the modern dystopias of politics and the scientific imagination have changed the way we think and live.
1x2hr lecture-seminar/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x 1000wd written assignment (20%), 1x 3500wd research essay (70%), x tutorial participation (10%)
12 credit points at 2000 level in European Studies