THE SCIENCE FICTION IMAGINATION

HIT1SFI

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject examines how science fiction narratives can allow us to imagine myriad human futures. Drawing on a number of key texts, including novels, film, short stories and television, students will critically analyse science fiction narratives, considering how the authors provide social commentary, reflect on the past, and help us to better understand our hopes and fears, while suggesting visions of alternative futures.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSara James

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply critical thinking skills to the academic tasks of reading and writing

Activities:
Seminar activities, Text analysis, Essay, in-class discussions
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Demonstrate an understanding of the science fiction imagination in the subject's texts

Activities:
Seminar activities, Text analysis, Essay, lectures
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Identify and assimilate literary text and secondary scholarship to develop critical analysis skills

Activities:
Text analysis, Essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Produce a persuasive written essay that demonstrates high-level written communication skills

Activities:
Essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Autonomy and independence,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSara James

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Seminar activities, 1750 wordsIncludes an in-class component40 01, 02
Text analysis, 800 words20 01, 02, 03
Essay, 1750 words40 01, 02, 03, 04