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ENG 223 - Science Fiction

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Prerequisites: ENG 102  

This course examines short stories and novels within the science fiction genre. Readings include works from various eras and subgenres of science fiction, including historically excluded authors. Students discuss how authors engage in world-building, address real social issues and employ scientific concepts or theories in their work.

Learning Outcomes

U          Upon successful completion of this course, the student will: 

  1. Define science fiction as a genre.
  2. Interpret literature in the context of the history of the genre as well as its criticism and fan culture.
  3. Analyze the political and social backgrounds of various science fiction texts and movements.
  4. Identify ethical problems around the use of technology in society through fiction.
  5. Apply critical lenses for analyzing science fiction texts such as gender theory, critical race theory, postcolonialism and historical materialism.
  6. Create written responses to texts using critical theories of science fiction while relating texts to larger social and historical contexts.
Listed Topics
  1. Short stories, novels and other works within the science fiction genre
  2. The origins of science fiction and its development
  3. Critical theory and analysis of science fiction
  4. Writing essays about science fiction texts with critical awareness of social and historical context
Reference Materials
Current recognized texts, handouts, videos, study sheets, Internet resources and multimedia
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
Approved By: Dr. Quintin B. Bullock Date Approved: 2/26/2021

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