HND-212 - Dystopia: Science, Fear and the Arts

3 credits

Science and art just can't seem to get along! Throughout history, stories of fallen societies due to advances in technology have scared societies from embracing new technologies. Why are the arts so afraid of these breakthroughs? This course aims to answer this question. Through various aspects of art, Dystopia attempts to understand why, as a society, we are so skeptical, so fearful of science. This interdisciplinary course will attempt to explain the historical breakthroughs of science that we so often feared at the same time by the societies that they were meant to help. Selections may include Aldous Huxley's Brave New World and the Eugenics movement of the early 20th century, The Island, as a result of human cloning, and Pink Floyd's The Wall, as a reaction to increasing automation.

 

Mass Transfer Block: Mass Transfer Block: Credits earned in this course are counted towards the MassTransfer Block Humanities and Fine Arts requirements.