Assessment Task 1: Class paper
This assessment is a formally written piece, to be written and submitted individually. Your class
paper should not exceed 500 words. This includes in-text citations, but does not include your
reference list. Shangri-La by James Hilton’s Lost Horizon.
This task is worth 15% of the subject’s total assessment. You are to utilise a minimum of five
academic references, selected from both the core readings and your own research.
Learning objectives and generic skills
The key activities in this assignment are to:
• Identify an existing example of a utopia in media or literature;
• Utilise a range of academic literature in critically analysing the chosen utopia;
• Situate these utopias within a real-world context, justified with appropriate research.
You are required to submit a class paper of 500 words in response to the following prompt:
Utopias respond to perceived issues or crises: they are imagined spaces where these
problems have been resolved. These envisioned worlds have been frequently depicted in
texts—film, media, and the written word—over the past century, but also deeper in our
collective history. Selecting one utopia from a specified source, analyse its key elements in
light of the era in which it was produced, understanding the social, political, and economic
characteristics of that time.
Your class paper must include citations and a reference list within the parameters of your chosen
referencing style. A minimum of five academic references are to be utilised.
You may wish to focus on a utopia from any of the following sources:
• Film or documentary
• Video games
It is recommended that you discuss your choice of utopia with your tutor. Opportunities will be
provided to workshop ideas prior to submission. A sample paper will also be uploaded to the LMS in
Week 2. Shangri-La by James Hilton’s Lost Horizon.
The assessment criteria for the major essay is outlined below. Shangri-La by James Hilton’s Lost Horizon.
A list of references is required for any visual or written material that you may reproduce in this
assignment or for any ideas and concepts that you have received from other sources.
Ensure that your work is paraphrased where necessary. Direct quotes not cited or stylised in
accordance with the chosen style guide will be considered plagiarism. Shangri-La by James Hilton’s Lost Horizon.
Shangri-La by James Hilton’s Lost Horizon
In his book, James Hilton described a utopian place he referred to as Shangri-La. Shangri-La is described as a mystical and harmonious valley, which was guided from a lamasery, and located in the western sphere of Kunlun Mountains (Hilton, 1993). In this description, the author talks of Shangri-La as an earthly paradise that is in norm with common urban futuristic planning (Kretzmann & McKnight, 1993; Hall, 2002). It is a happy land that is well isolated from the outside world. This means it is a place that is farfetched from the real world (Allen, 1999). In addition, the people living in Shangri-La are not like the normal human beings, because they are immortal. They are people who are living beyond their normal lifespan although only very little aging is noticeable…….
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