Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Intended to introduce students to the connections between various fields of studies in the humanities, this section of HUMA 1301 will apply an interdisciplinary approach to the presentation and analysis of both ideal and flawed communities: utopias and dystopias. How do the concepts of "utopia" and "dystopia" reflect our human experience? Our dreams and fears? How have utopian and dystopian models changed over time, and how do these changes reflect our interactions with one another and society? How do the concepts of utopia and dystopia apply to the individual as well as to society? During this semester this theme will be discussed by examining the dialogue between philosophy, fiction, film, and popular culture with the aim of understanding the value of the humanities.
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye
Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde
Films such as Metropolis, Blade Runner, and The Dark Knight will also be incorporated.
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