Spring 2013 -
Undergraduate Course Description
Discipline and Number
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
|The Literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy
DESCRIPTION OF COURSE:
OPEN TO STUDENTS IN COLLEGIUM V ONLY> REGISTER THROUGH THE CV OFFICE.
Students will explore “Science Fiction” (SF) in multiple forms (literature, film, television, games) as a unique genre that combines entertainment with the presentation of Big Ideas such as:
Encounters with alien life forms
Transformation of human capabilities
Creation of artificial life forms
Time travel and the nature of reality
The class will be conducted as a seminar, with active participation expected from all.
Assigned Reading includes:
Paolo Bacigalupi: The Wind-up Girl
John Scalzi: Old Man’s War
Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction
Films, Games etc. TBA
Students will be able to identify, examine and to some degree create basic components of s of SF. Their success in these efforts will be evaluated through their class participation, in-class assignments, short papers on specific subjects, and a major project (that may be completed individually or as part of a group).