CLS3080 - Science fiction: From monsters to cyborgs
6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate Faculty of Arts
Leader(s): Professor Andrew Milner
Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)
This unit will introduce students to contemporary discussion and debate about science fiction. It will examine:
- Various theoretical approaches to the analysis of science fiction.
- The historical development of the genre from the gothic through to cyberpunk.
- The debates over the genre's social role, whether as a source for the stabilisation or for the subversion of social norms.
- A number of key science fiction texts, drawn from the novel, film and television.
The approach will be from a cultural studies perspective, which will seek to problematise the conventional binary oppositions between high and low culture, literature and fiction.
At the conclusion of the unit, students should be able:
- To demonstrate a knowledge both of various theoretical approaches to the analysis of science fiction and of the historical development of the genre from the Gothic through to Cyberpunk.
- To demonstrate a critical understanding both of the debates over the genre's social role, whether as a source for the stabilisation or for the subversion of social norms, and of a number of science fiction texts, drawn from the novel, film and television.
- To understand, feel comfortable with and be able to articulate the analytical skills, theoretical vocabularies and conceptual apparatuses studied.
- To demonstrate a sense of their own personal and cultural reflexivity as they observe and interpret the theories, concepts and texts analysed in the unit.
- To write clear, grammatically and syntactically appropriate, independent essays on the various topics provided or chosen for assessment.
Essay (2500 words): 50%
Examination (2 hours): 50%
Third-year students will be expected to read more complex critical texts and to write a less descriptive and more self-reflexive essay
2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week
A first-sequence in English, Literary Studies or Cultural Studies or permission