Contemporary Dystopian Narratives

Ref: C2226623

This course examines dystopian novels from the UK, USA, Mexico, and the Ukraine in order to establish a definition of what we mean by ‘Dystopia’, and explore its different representations through the framework of a range of genres including apocalyptic fiction, science fiction, magic realism, and surrealism.

Additional information about this course

Half term break on 17/02/2020

Course aim

This course aims to consider a variety of literary examples in the context of a growing body of Dystopian novels from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the features of dystopian fiction.
  • Identify the features of the different literary genres that deal with dystopias.
  • Develop an awareness of the broader dystopian genre, including television and film.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • A copy of the set texts.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Course Reading List: Philip K Dick - The Man in the High Castle Cormac McCarthy - The Road Yuri Herrera - Signs Preceding the End of the World JG Ballard - Kingdom Come

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Contemporary Dystopian Narratives

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