Spring 2010 not offered
Much science and art have been spurred by the question: What does it mean to be human? As rational, scientific explanations of human identity have been popularized in the past century, popular art has become one arena for working through the cultural implications. Science fiction cinema, one of the few popular film genres that can function as allegory, offers a window into our culture's struggle with science's evolving perspective on our identity. This course asks how science has contributed to our understanding of the human species (by considering explanations of evolution, perceptions, genetics, and genomics) and how science fiction articulates our culture's reactions to those understandings. Does the project of science threaten our ideology of the emotional individual? One of our major goals is to present students with a detailed understanding of the way our culture responds to/negotiates scientific inquiry.
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Selected weekly readings.
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Four short, written assignments. Mid-term and final exam.
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This course may be taken by FILM or MB&B majors, but it does not count as an elective towards either major.
Please note that this course carries dual General Education designations. When you register for this course, it will be assigned a primary Gened credit of SBS. If you choose to take the course for HA Gened credit instead, you must make this change at the Registrar's Office during the drop/add period. NO CHANGE TO GENED DESIGNATION MAY BE MADE AFTER DROP/ADD ENDS.
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