This unit critically explores modern and contemporary utopias and dystopias in literature, tv and cinema. It examines the history, aesthetics and politics of utopias and dystopias, focusing on questions of the development of new spaces and social orders, technology, the environment, surveillance, the post-human and IT. It assesses different conceptions of the future in relation to the present and the past. The unit addresses questions about the representation of the future in different media, and asks students to imagine the future as both dream and nightmare.
4x500wd Response/Blog Post (40%), 1x4000wd Essay (60%)
12 credit points at 2000 level in English or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Australian Literature