4-week course (4 X 90 min sessions)
Wk 1 – Dreamers in space: What is Utopia?
This first week is to align our dictionaries and collective understanding of the
utopian concept. We explore what it means to each of us and discuss
amongst the group. We will also explore the space seeing if we can achieve
group harmony amongst each other using non-verbal communication.
During the first session we will cover:
Introduction to content, approaches, and thoughts
Introduce the concept of utopia
Wk 2 – Seeing the other: Can we create Utopia in an Unequal World?
This week is dedicated to understanding the power dynamics of everyday life,
how every interaction has many layers of meaning. We will deconstruct
themes that come up in group discussion through dramaturgical
methodologies developed by Augusto Boal.
Games, Image theatre and statues
Moving towards scenes of oppression in our daily lives
Create a cohesive image
Wk 3 – Building the Spaceship: What worlds already exist and how do they make us feel?
Three weeks in and we will apply textual and spatial analysis to key utopian
texts, to embody the written word, and transform our thought process into a
real-world situation, we will then use techniques from last lesson to analyse
Utopian Fiction and worldbuilding
Exploring what the new world could look like.
Wk 4 – Our space, Our Reality: Building a group vision
In our last session we will move from imagining to playing with our daily lives
and how we build utopian ideals into them. We will create a scene that is our
common vision of what we want our world to look like. We will apply all the
things we learnt in the previous sessions to analyse and change the scene
until we reach a group consensus. We will then evaluate how we can use this
exercise to activate change in our contexts. Creation of our collective utopia
Can we build a world where we all feel accepted?
Competency Framework EU+ (young people)
Non formal education l lifelong learning
Function 1. Address the needs and aspirations of young people
Function 2. Provide learning opportunities for young people
Function 3. Support and empower young people in making sense of the society they live in
and in engaging with it
Function 4. Support young people in actively and constructively addressing intercultural
Function 5. Actively practise evaluation to improve the quality of the youth work
Function 6. Support collective learning in teams
Function 7. Contribute to the development of their organisation and to making policies /programmes work better for young people
Function 8. Develop, conduct and evaluate projects