Dec 18, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog
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HU 424H - Science Fiction

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
The goal of this course is to, through various theoretical approaches, teach students the necessary analytical skills required to read below the surface of a text. By learning to semiotically read cyberpunk texts the students will be able to apply their knowledge to any form of literature. Using short fiction alongside novels and some cyber-text (i.e. fan fiction), we can see how the different forms inform one another and also analyze each form’s shortcomings and strengths with regard to the subject matter. The course also explores how works of science fiction have created concepts of space/place that influenced the broader culture. (prereq: none) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Identify key components and literary terms
  • Examine and understand how literature reflects current political, social, religious, and economic climates
  • Analyze and synthesize works in longer papers
  • Examine and understand how literature reflects current political, social, religious, and economic climates
  • Understand the interplay between various genres and mediums and how a work is necessarily altered or transformed during the process of translation
  • Synthesize and analyze the power of place through the lens of Science Fiction

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Introduction to Science Fiction, its history and its importance in literature (1 class)
  • Introduction to literary theory, approaches to reading and interpretation (1 class)
  • Short stories (4 classes)
  • Novels (12 classes)
  • Internet/Movie (1 class)
  • Mid-term (1 class)

Coordinator
Jennifer Farrell



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