Given the multidisciplinary nature of this course, students may choose among a variety of different options for the final essay/creative assignment. In each case, I expect that students will demonstrate a full understanding of course themes related to utopias and dystopias. I further expect that each project will emphasize Canadian examples.
Conventional research essay option: about 6-8 pages (1500-2000 words). For these projects, you will look at six or more different sources, at least four of which must be scholarly (i.e. scholarly books or journal articles). I will provide some bibliographic references.
1. To what extent can we consider the mid nineteenth-century free black settlements in the Chatham-Windsor region to be utopian?
A place to start your research: Marie Carter, “Reimagining the Dawn Settlement” in Nina Ruth Reid-Maroney et al., eds., The Promised Land: history and historiography of the Black experience in Chatham-Kent’s settlements and beyond (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014), pp. 176-192
2. To what extent can we consider the early nineteenth-century Children of Peace settlement near Sharon, ON (East Gwillimbury) to be utopian?
A place to start your research: Albert Schrauwers, Awaiting the Millennium: The Children of Peace and the Village of Hope, 1812-1889 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016).
3. Why was the British Columbian government so threatened by the Doukhobor communities in the south-west of the province in the post-World War II period?
A place to start your research: John McLaren, “The Failed Experiments: The Demise of Doukhobor Systems of Communal Property Landholding in Saskatchewan and British Columbia, 1899-1999,” in John McLaren, A.R. Buck and Nancy E. Wright, eds., Despotic Dominion: Property Rights in British Settler Societies. (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2005), pp. 222-247.
4. Was there a utopian vision behind Expo 67 in Montréal?
A place to start your research: Rhonda Richman Keneally and Johanne Sloan, Expo 67: not just a souvenir (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2010),