Senior Seminar: Utopias and Dystopias in Science Fiction
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLVS 4040
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Film
  • Visual Culture
  • Media & Culture
Science fiction, in both cinema and literature, frequently resorts to utopian and dystopian tales, enticing our imagination with vivid descriptions that transport us to future times and distant lands. But at the same time, those narratives are also firmly grounded in the historical moment in which they are produced, revealing both the fears and aspirations of the societies in which they are born, and providing insightful commentary about those very same societies. In this course we will examine some of the most influential science fiction utopian and dystopian narratives in film and literature to explore and discuss philosophical ideas, political systems, social issues and cultural trends. This course demands active class participation, requires weekly reading and viewing of movies, and is writing intensive. Pathway: Visual Studies
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least two prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 3000-level.


Open to Undergraduate students.