HIS3328 : Imagined Futures
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Dr Luc Racaut
- Owning School: History, Classics and Archaeology
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
This module explores the history of the future, the time when in Europe, people began looking forward to the future, rather than back to a bygone golden age. This implies a shift from a circular conception of time to a linear one. Looking forward to the future, the idea of progress is currently in crisis not least due to pessimistic diagnosis of global warming. It is useful to think about the history of the future, its intellectual genesis in the Early Modern period (16th to 18th century) and what the future has meant for European cultures in the 19th and 20th century in order to understand current cultural developments. The module will explore scientific optimism as well as the emergence of utopias and dystopias as models for the development of modern society.
Outline Of Syllabus
The following is a guide only. Actual subjects may differ from those listed.
1a Introduction: The History of the Future
1b Inventing the Future
2a Prophecy: prehistory of the future
2b Latent futures: legacies of the Scientific Revolution
3a 18th century: the rise of progress
3b Early representations of the future
4a 19th century: The socialist utopia Marx / Lafarge
4b Technological enthusiasms
5a 19th century utopian elements
5b The ‘Look’ of the new: early 20th century design
6a The European avant-garde
6b Science fiction as a predictive genre
7a 1930s politics and visions of the future
7b The Second World War and technological progressivism
8a 1950s: Extrapolating rapid change
8b 1960s utopian architecture
9a 1960s: The age of rockets
9b Social experiments revisited
10a 1970s: No Future
10b Industrial dystopias
11a The rise of dystopias
11b Post-modern Utopias
12a Review: What future for the future?
12b Review: Analytical themes
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||55||1:00||55:00||1/3 of guided independent study|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||55||1:00||55:00||1/3 of guided independent study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||1:00||12:00||Seminars|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||10||2:00||20:00||Seminars|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Drop-in/surgery||4||1:00||4:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||54||1:00||54:00||1/3 of guided independent study|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Seminars encourage independent study and promote improvements in oral communication, problem-solving skills and adaptability.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Essay||2||M||25||Essay/documentary commentary of 1,500 - 2,000 words (including footnotes but excluding bibliography)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Exams test acquisition of a clear general knowledge of the subject plus the ability to think and analyse a problem quickly, to select from and to apply both the general knowledge and detailed knowledge of aspects of the subject to new questions, problem-solving skills, adaptability, the ability to work unaided and to write clearly and concisely.
Documentary commentary exercises and examinations test knowledge and understanding of the texts set for the module. The ability to compare and contrast related source texts on a common subject. The ability to expound and criticise a textual extract lucidly, succinctly and with relevance in a relatively brief space, and, in an exam, under pressure of time.
Work submitted during the delivery of the module forms a means of determining student progress.
Submitted work tests intended knowledge and skills outcomes, develops key skills in research, reading and writing.
This module can be made available to Erasmus students only with the agreement of the Head of Subject and of the Module Leader. This option must be discussed in person at the beginning of your exchange period. No restrictions apply to study-abroad, exchange and Loyola students.
All Erasmus students at Newcastle University are expected to do the same assessment as students registered for a degree.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending semester 1 only are required to finish their assessment while in Newcastle. This will take the form of an alternative assessment, as outlined in the formats below:
Modules assessed by Coursework and Exam:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be one essay in addition to the other coursework assessment (the length of the essay should be adjusted in order to comply with the assessment tariff); to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.
Modules assessed by Exam only:
The normal alternative form of assessment for all semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be two 2,000 word written exercises; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.
Modules assessed by Coursework only:
All semester 1 non-EU study abroad students will be expected to complete the standard assessment for the module; to be submitted no later than 12pm Friday of week 12. The essays should be set so as to assure coverage of the course content to date.
Study-abroad, non-Erasmus exchange and Loyola students spending the whole academic year or semester 2 are required to complete the standard assessment as set out in the MOF under all circumstances.