Summer 2016 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Starnaman, Sabrina
Discipline and Number
LIT 3316 Section 051
MW Time 1:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Course Title
Science Fiction Survival Guide

Description of Course:

Human survival is a central theme in literature and film, and as a genre, science fiction offers an infinite number of possible technological, environmental, and social challenges to be overcome (or not). This course explores the survival of the individual, the survival of the collective, and the survival of the human psyche in possible futures through works of fiction and film.

Questions that will guide our reading and discussions include:
• How do the needs of the many weigh against the need of the individual? How are priorities of the many or the one determined?
• Are the costs of survival worth the price that is paid to endure?
• What does survival mean?
• Is “adapt or die” a truth? Are their exceptions to this adage?

Required Texts:

The Lathe of Heaven, Ursula K. LeGuin (1971)
• ISBN-10: 1416556966
• ISBN-13: 978-1416556961
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick (1968)
• ISBN-10: 0345404475
• ISBN-13: 978-0345404473
More than Human, Theodore Sturgeon (1953)
• ISBN-10: 0375703713
• ISBN-13: 978-0375703713
The Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler (1993)
• ISBN-10: 0446675504
• ISBN-13: 978-0446675505
Perdido Street Station, China Miéville (2000)
• ISBN-10: 0345459407
• ISBN-13: 978-0345459404

Copies of the texts are available at Off Campus Books.
Off Campus Books (located behind Fuzzy’s Tacos)
561 W. Campbell Road, #201
Richardson, TX 75080

Bladerunner (Director’s Cut) (1982/1992)
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
Black Mirror: “The Entire History of You.” Season 1, ep. 3. BBC (2011)
Black Mirror: “Be Right Back.” Season 2, ep. 1. BBC (2013)

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Assignments will likely include:

Reading quizzes
Submission of analytical discussion questions
Active class participation

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