Fall 2012 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Ingrao, Peter
Discipline and Number
HUMA 1301 Section 004
MWF Time 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
Course Title
Exploration of the Humanities

Description of Course:

Previously this course has considered such topics as monsters, robots, and concepts of utopia and dystopia. This semester we have the special opportunity to read across these topics as they relate to one another. How is a hedonistic society like a mindless zombie? What do robots and dinosaurs have in common? Is Batman's modus operandi the best solution to a dystopia? By examining the points of intersection, we will explore how creative works in the humanities not only reflect but also motivate humankind's everyday individual and social concerns, the desire for enhancement and transcendence, and our best hopes and worst fears.

Required Texts:

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
H. G. Wells, The Island of Dr. Moreau
Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Selected "zombie" fiction will be available via e-reserve; these are stories about zombies rather than ones that eat your delicious brains. Films, such as Frankenstein (1931), Jurassic Park, Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight, and Night of the Living Dead, and selections from other films such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Blade Runner will be incorporated in the course; in addition, the course will consider excerpts from such television shows as The Walking Dead. The course will utlitize eLearning and students are encouraged to submit video, articles, short stories, or other works related to the course.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Short essay
Class discussion

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