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At various times throughout human history, people have put forth visions of a perfect society – a “utopia.” To complete this assignment, students are asked to select at least one vision of “utopia” discussed in class and compare it to a vision of “utopia” put forth in contemporary popular culture — perhaps in a novel, poem, play, movie, piece of art, television program, graphic novel, video game, or song. The examples of
“utopia” discussed in class are: Plato’s “Republic”; Augustine’s “City of God”; or More’s “Utopia.” It is due on March 18th. More details will be made available in class.
here are some messages and more explaining from the prof’s :

1- You might find it useful to focus your comparison around a single idea or group of ideas. For example: “individual freedom” versus “collective well being” is a tension at the heart of many utopian visions. How is that idea handled in the examples that you have chosen? You might consider using that idea as a way to organize your comparative analysis.

Other possibilities include: gender relations, role of law, use of force, importance of technology, view of human nature, definitions of happiness, utopia versus dystopia, trade offs between freedom and security. All of these ideas are big enough to hold your essay together.

Hope this helps…
2- contain some basic information about what “utopia” means and identifies some important questions to ask yourself when thinking about “utopia.”

Perhaps the most important slide is the last one. It shows a chart.

That chart is designed to help you organize your thinking in a comparative way. The names of different “utopias” are shown across the top, with various categories or characteristics of each utopia listed along the side. This is just a basic guide, and you might find that other characteristics should be listed or existing characteristics expanded upon.

As you work through your comparative analysis — using this chart, if you wish — you will find that some characteristics are more prominent than others. Pay attention to them, for they might form the basis of an argument in your essay.

Read More’s “Utopia” carefully. Try and figure out what makes his “Utopia” operate. Then start thinking of another example that you can use to compare and contrast.

Enough from me for now. Submit any all all questions, comments and concerns — and I will try to be quick with a response. Chances are, if you have a question, someone else in the class is thinking the same thing!

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