LIT 267 - An Introduction to Science Fiction
This course will survey science fiction works from various genres such as poetry, the novel, and the short story. It will provide students with a historical overview of the field of science fiction by exposing them, through readings and lectures, to works from the 19th and 20th centuries. Titles chosen will reflect their importance in the literary development of science fiction over the last two centuries. The essence of the course will consist of close readings and analyses of the texts for their artistic qualities as well as their representations of social trends and ideas. Students will learn how to do research on the Internet, as it is one of the foremost domains of current cyber fiction. One section of the course will deal with the history of science fiction in the cinema. Students will come away from the course with an understanding of hard science fiction, utopias and dystopias, cyber fiction, the pulps, fantasy fiction, the Golden Age, and speculative fiction.
Prerequisite: ENG 110 College Writing I
3 Class Hours
Learning Outcomes of the Course:
Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:
1. Have improved their ability at oral discourse by discussing and explaining their interpretive responses.
2. Have improved their ability to write analytically and argumentatively by composing applications of critical methods to literary works.
3. Identify literary devices and define them.
4. Use specific details to support a claim about a text.
5. Express their interpretation of a work in clear expository prose.
6. Utilize various literary analysis approaches toward literature.
7. Express multiple viewpoints about the life questions dealt with in literature (even if they disagree with those viewpoints).
8. Relate one literary work to another, and also to the culture from which it emerged.
9. Learn and demonstrate competence in basic principles and techniques of literary research, using print as well as electronic sources.
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