What are the meanings of utopia/eutopia?

project three: utopia map

The visual map project may be completed by individuals or pairs of students but each student must write and submit their own paper.

Phase 1: Read and discuss / write

Read article, Utopian virtues. Prepare to answer the following questions for class discussion.

What are the meanings of utopia/eutopia?

How can utopian principles be implemented in a real place?

What challenges did the Vilanovins face?

How do values, institutions and practices shape place in Vilanova i la Geltru?

Phase 2: Write

Write Utopian Manifesto [Limit 350 words, not including references] See sample on iLearn:

Create an outline to insure your manifesto is complete and logically coherent.

Begin with a paragraph defining the overarching societal problems your utopia will solve. Identify the negative consequences of these problems.

Succinctly state the values that will guide your solutions.

Succinctly state your theory of change: what will drive societal transformation?

Outline a radical plan to realize your utopian vision that solves the problems you identified and embodies the values you espoused. Include systems, institutions, and socio-cultural relationships and practices. See examples below.*

Appropriately apply concepts from at least two course readings and cite sources. In addition, you may cite outside sources to support your proposal.

Phase 3: Map

Create a visual map (large enough for your classmates to see and understand clearly) to present in class. Give your utopia a name that evokes its key features. Illustrate the features that implement your goals and values.

*Elements of utopian plan: Examples

Systems

Economic systems: capitalism, socialism, communism, barter, gift exchange, mixed economy, etc.

Political systems: dictatorship, representative democracy, direct democracy, consensus, anarchy, etc.

Environmental systems: energy, water, food production, waste, etc.

Justice systems: restorative justice, punitive justice, incarceration, police, courts, village councils, etc.

Institutions

Schools and universities, clinics and hospitals, corporations, collectives, community gardens and kitchens, neighborhood councils, museums, libraries, police, prisons, courts, houses of worship, etc.

Socio-cultural relationships and practices

Gender roles and norms, holiday celebrations, cooking and eating, forms of greeting, monogamy, celibacy, polyamory, religious observance, clothing styles, language use, artistic expression, healing circles, massage, athletics, forms of entertainment, etc.