Pop Culture: Science Fiction
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Total contact hours
Focuses on the significance of science, technology, and on such topics as the idea of the future and the "limits of the human" as revealed in popular culture through genres such as fiction, film, music, comics, anime and manga, and advertising.
Course learning outcomes
1. Analyze selected elements of the genre to explain how they shape audience response.
2. Explain how this genre expresses values and beliefs, themes, or social and political realities.
3. Demonstrate analytical skills, using evidence from primary and secondary sources to support one's interpretation.
4. Identify and illustrate mixed genres in popular culture categories such as Science Fiction and the Western or Science Fiction and Detective.
- Plot, character, theme, point of view, setting, symbol, style, and (if applicable) camera work
- Human nature, utopia or dystopia, cultural critiques of science and technology in society
1. Required readings/ texts made available either in a required textbook (print, electronic, or low-cost)
2. Access to a computer to complete assignments; ability to store assignment files
3. Writing utensil and a notebook to take notes
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