Content varies from quarter to quarter.
This class deals with the rise of utopian visions in the 20th century and its impact on civic engagement as expressed through the urban cooperative movement. We regard this development from the standpoint of environmental sustainability and political participation. The class introduces theories and concepts to discern whether the utopian vision (as expressed through the cooperative movement) ultimately benefits the environment. We look at various ideas and concepts and students are encouraged to bring their own critical thinking and intellectual reflection to the discussion.
Student learning goals
1. STUDENTS SHOULD FEEL COMFORTABLE IN DISCUSSING, ASSESSING AND CRITIQUING VARIOUS ELEMENTS OF MINOR UTOPIAS AND POLITICAL PARTICIPATION.
2. DEVELOP CRITICAL THINKING, VERBAL AND WRITING SKILLS PERTINENT TO EXPRESSING QUALIFIED ARGUMENTS WITH EVIDENCE TO BACK THEM UP.
3. THINKING 'ECUMENICALLY' AND 'HOLISTICALLY' ON THE IMPACT OF UTOPIAS ON DEMOCRACY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT.
4. ACQUIRING TRANSFERABLE SKILLS PERTINENT TO FURTHER ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE AREAS OF POLITICAL ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY.
General method of instruction
CLASS DISCUSSION, EXTENSIVE GROUP ACTIVITY, SHORT PAPERS AND LECTURE.
COMPLETE ASSIGNED READINGS.
Class assignments and grading
WEEKLY READINGS AND EVALUATION THROUGH DISCUSSION, PAPERS AND FINAL TAKE-HOME EXAM.
ACCORDING TO THE ABILITY TO DISCERN KEY CONCEPTS AND ANALYZE KEY TRENDS.