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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSarah Midford

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesSeminar activities, Text analysis, Essay, in-class discussions

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Adaptability and Self-Management

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply critical thinking skills to the academic tasks of reading and writing
02. Demonstrate an understanding of the science fiction imagination in the subject's texts
03. Identify and assimilate literary text and secondary scholarship to develop critical analysis skills
04. Produce a persuasive written essay that demonstrates high-level written communication skills

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSarah Midford

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 hour lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.

SeminarWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.50 hour seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

Seminar activities, 1250 words equivalent

N/AOtherIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2

Text analysis, 800 words

N/AOtherIndividualNo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Essay, 1750 words

N/AAssignmentIndividualNo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4