Based on my experience in the course so far, I’ve understood the classes evolving definition of a dystopia through films and class readings. Furthermore, I also started pinpointing dystopian aspects in our current society, in the films I watch, and the books I read on my own time. Understanding what actually creates the dystopian aspect of anything really helps a lot with the class.
As a class, we should start looking at real-world dystopian aspects so it is more realistic than what we have seen in books and films. I believe current world-wide dystopias will contribute more to the central theme of the class. Furthermore, I believe having more individual class discussions would really be helpful. Like introducing a question and answer discussion. That way our brains are picked so we can come up with more deep answers, scenarios, or possibilities and have each student piggyback off one another.
Nonetheless, we should stop doing group activities because I don’t find those to be as helpful. Especially the ones where we move to different stations in the class. I guess we do it for the class to be more interactive, but I feel I get more out of the class when we just discuss the topic together. That way, I get to hear everyone’s thoughts, feelings, and ideas without missing anything that is relevant. I also think the podcast project isn’t really helpful, it is just a tedious task. I feel a presentation of each group’s film and their findings will work better now since we can’t meet physically to work on the project anymore.
Lastly, we should continue watching dystopian films and identifying the dystopian aspects and how it relates to previous works in the class. It helps me to compare and contrast dystopias in different forms. This is actually positively enhancing my learning on the central theme, dystopia.