Archives for the month of: October, 2012

What is due on Monday:

VIA EMAIL, as THREE SEPARATE FILES:

REVISED VERSION OF DELIVERABLE #1 (other worlds)

REVISED VERSION OF DELIVERABLE #2 (the summary)

FINAL VERSION OF DELIVERABLE #3 (the story)

Click here for the guidelines for the final creative project.

As you know, there is no class today!  Classes will resume (I hope) by Wednesday.  We’ll have more presentations Wednesday.  Deliverable #3 will be due NEXT Monday, November 5th.  Stay safe!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mb0ssmoXG1I

As a reminder, on Wednesday, 10/24, your group will present on its utopia/dystopia in class.

In your presentation, please:

1. Introduce the idea, i.e. “IMAGINE a world where…”

2. DESCRIBE your fictional world, characterized by its “what-if” question.

3. CONTEXTUALIZE your fictional world in relation to an existing utopian or dystopian work (such as 1984, Plato’s Republic, Utopia, the Hunger Games, Herland, Gattaca, etc.)

4. SUMMARIZE your representation of your fictional world.  Your representation is the short story, short film, or graphic novel that you have created to represent your world.

5. CONCLUDE by reflecting on the main point you are trying to make with your fictional world and summarizing the main idea of your utopia/dystopia.  End with confidence, and ask us if we have any questions!

Here is the public (yet anonymous) grade spreadsheet!  If you don’t see your silly nickname by your grade, this is because you didn’t give me a silly nickname.  Please email me (mcpoole at bhcc dot mass dot edu) with a silly nickname!

 

10/15: Utopia inventories due, teach another group about your inventory (1 or 2 people from each group swap with another group), time to work on your what-if question and summary.

10/17: Read “Theological Explanations” by Robert Nozick, from The Examined Life (handed out in class on 10/15).  Discussion on God and the problem of evil; maybe time to work on your what-if question and summary.

10/22: Summaries due by email!  Time to work on your presentation.

10/24: PRESENT, in class, your summary (your description of your utopia/dystopia and its what-if question) and summarize the plot of your fictional representation.  Guests will be invited.  Critiques will be given by your peers, your professor, your TA, and our guests.

10/29: Discussion on the external world, time to work on your utopia/dystopia.

10/31: Fictional representations and final summaries due by email and distributed/presented in class.

By popular demand…

Here are the terms for “right and wrong“.  These are NOT THE ONLY terms, ideas, etc. that you might be examined on in the oral exams.  These are just the ones we divided up for the right and wrong presentations.

Click here for guidelines for the upcoming utopia/dystopia project