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CU6012: Utopian Theory and Texts

This module will explore theories of utopianism as a fundamental component of cultural, political, and social life. Projecting ways of living that are better than the status quo, utopian visions can be dynamic, sometimes dangerous, elements in the processes of socio-political change. The outline of our investigation is as follows: the concept of utopia; ideology and utopia; the ubiquity of utopia: the reality of utopia: the politics of utopia. We will end with work on case studies of utopianism.