HON 394: Utopia and Dystopia in Theory and Practice

1563 Pieter Bruegel the Elder - The Tower of Babel, on wood

We will examine attempts both on paper and in reality to make life better by design: modifying social structures, family relations, economic institutions and the built environment in pursuit of the optimal life on earth. We seek to instill in ourselves and each other the cautious optimism which drives good change--inspired by utopian vision, but chastened by the lessons of dystopia.

Course semester: 
Spring 2020 Session C
Instructor: 
Dr. Michael Ostling