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Science Fiction, Fantasy, and the Supernatural

In this course, we will transport ourselves into the many alternate worlds of speculative fiction. From futuristic landscapes and magical beings to ghostly visitations, we will investigate how stories often reimagine our world by conjuring entirely new ones. Drawing on foundational as well as twenty-first-century speculative fiction and film, we will take up questions such as how sci-fi addresses the boundaries of the known world and what other-than-human characters can help us envision. Class activities will include exploring a range of examples and common tropes, discussing narrative and visual theories, and experimenting with creative writing and visual storytelling.

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Session One
at the time of application
Scheduled Class Time*

04:00 PM - 07:00 PM (PDT)

*The course will meet for two hours daily (Monday–Friday) for a live online class during this window of time. The third hour is used for online office hours. Students will be admitted to and attend just one course section and time. The exact course time and office hour schedule will be set closer to the start of the program. In addition to the live meeting times, students complete out-of-class learning assignments such as assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.