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Undergraduate Course: Utopianism: Space, Place, and Order (LLLJ07013)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course is not available to University of Edinburgh matriculated students. This is a for-credit course offered by the Centre for Open Learning (COL); only students registered with COL should be enrolled.

This course will explore the important and significant role utopian political thought plays in the formation of society and its built environment. We will examine various utopian (and dystopian) writings to explore their relationship to contemporary societies' uses of spaces and places, specifically as a means to attain social order and stability.
Course description Introduction:
1. Utopian political thought: History
2. Four Time-Spaces
3. Four Heterotopes

1. Order in the Past
2. Religious: The Garden of Eden
3. Political: Locke and Hobbes' States of Nature and Civility

1. Order in the Present
2. Ancient Times: Plato's Republic
3. The Renaissance: Sir Thomas Moore
4. The American West: Californian Utopian Communities

1. Disorder in the Present
2. Mediaeval Torments: Dante's Hell
3. Brave New Worlds: Huxley and Orwell
4. Feminist Malestream Monotonies

1. Order in the Future
2. Messianic: The Book of Revelations
3. Earthly Delights: Diggers and Ranters
4. Freedom of Labour: Marx

Heterotopia I: Formatories:
1. Order From Birth: Hetherington & Heterotopia
2. Foucault on Orphanages & Schools
3. Markus on Schools

Heterotopia II: Factories:
1. Order At Work
2. Markus on Factories
3. Adam Smith and Manufactories
4. Robert Owen and New Lanark

Heterotopia III: Reformatories
1. Order from Correction
2. Bentham on the Panopticon
3. Markus & Foucault on Prisons
4. Parks & Gyms

Heterotopia IV: Informatories
1. Order in Education
2. Public squares, riots and libraries
3. From Speakers Corners to the Internet and the Matrix (film)

Review / Revision: Overview Lecture

Unseen Assessment and Seen Assessment Workshop
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Open Studies 10 credit courses have one assessment. Normally, the assessment is a 2000 word essay, worth 100% of the total mark, submitted by week 12.

To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 40%. There are a small number of exceptions to this model which are identified in the Studying for Credit Guide.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Read and investigate utopian literature for themselves;
  2. Use the appropriate language and understand concepts such as 'heterotopia';
  3. Provide examples of various types of utopia and heterotopia;
  4. Relate 'purist' ideals to their compromised use in everyday settings;
  5. Think about buildings and cities in terms of underlying social relationships of power.
Reading List
Foucault, M., 1977. Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison. London: Peregrine.
Hetherington, K., 1997. The Badlands of Modernity: Heterotopia and Social Ordering. London: Routledge.
Markus, T., 1993. Buildings & Power: Freedom & Control in the Origin of Modern Building Types. London: Routledge.
More, T.,1516. Utopia. Copyright Free eBook.

Morton, A. L.,1952. The English Utopia. London: Lawrence & Wishart.

Class handouts:
Each week a 4-page Lecture Summary and/or Reading will be provided. Additional material will be available on CD-ROM or via email.
Additional Information
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Course organiserMr James Mooney
Tel: (0131 6)50 3077
Course secretaryMr Benjamin Mcnab
Tel: (0131 6)51 4832
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