Progressivism in Science Fiction
About the Course:
Science fiction has a way of making us reexamine ourselves personally, the way we live and the world around us. As a genre, it has questioned every ethic, value, and norm. It has reinvented human society or done away with it entirely to make way for a new universe, separate from any we have ever known.
This course will examine the genre of science fiction television by watching episodes from shows including Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and Stargate. We will then discuss each episode in light of one of four themes of the course: sentience, environmental awareness, war/crimes/killing, and human rights.
The course aims to establish a dialogue about the way in which the science fiction genre opens up media to more people, stories, roles and audiences. However, we will also recognize the pitfalls of science fiction and popular media in general.
There will be weekly viewings and discussions as well as short reflective bSpace posts. There will be three creative projects that will allow students to demonstrate their developing relationship with and awareness about progressivism and science fiction. More information will be provided on the first day of class.
How to Enroll:
Please attend the first day of class (1/28). Space is limited, so if more people arrive than there are spots available, a lottery will be taken.
Course Contact: kyliereed AT berkeley.edu
Faculty Sponsor: Kate O'Neill
Time & Location:
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