ALL readings will be done by students outside of the classroom. It is up to the students to look up the meanings of words they don't know.
This is not a reading or vocabulary class.
This class will be focused on discussions about the major themes in George Orwell's "Animal Farm."
1. Discussion Topics Week 1:
a) The History of Marxism
b) The Promises of the Russian Revolution of 1917
c) How Old Major's speech is tied to Marxism and the Russian Revolution
2. Discussion Topics Week 2:
a) Definition and examples of Utopia
b) The Seven Commandments and other "covenants and social contracts between the state and the people.
c) The nature of propaganda and real world examples
3. Discussion Topics Week 3:
a) The nature of Power and interpretation of Lord Acton's maxim
b) Dictatorship: How it is created, and how it is maintained
4. Discussion Topics Week 4:
a) Satire and its role in society
b) Revolutions: Their goals and realities
c) Definition and examples of Dystopia
5. Discussion Topics Week 5:
a) General Discussion of all the topics covered in the class
b) Students Opinions