2010 syllabus updated April 22

2010 syllabus updated April 22 - Fantasy and Science...

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Fantasy and Science Fiction English 22  Spring 2010 Instructor: Dr. Julie Sparks Class meets: TTh 10:30-11:45 in DMH 208 Office: FO 106 Phone: 924-5087 Email: julie.sparks@hotmail.com Office Hours Website: http://www.sjsu.edu/people/julie.sparks/ Course Description and Goals: The official description of the course says, “English 22 surveys important works of science fiction and fantasy and fulfills the lower division GE requirements in Arts and Letters (C2).” Of course, what defines “important” is always contentious, and we will discuss that in its historical and contemporary context. See below for more on course objectives. Required Texts: Metamorphoses: A Play by Mary Zimmerman, The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells ; The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury, The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester, The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier. Note : We will be reading some things not on this list, but you will not have to buy them. Course Format: Lecture, discussion, brief in-class writing, small-group work. Learning Objectives: The benefits of studying literature are as profound and varied as they are hard to define. For this class, though, the official Learning Objectives are as follows: “1) recognizing how significant works illuminate enduring human concerns; 2) responding to significant works by writing research-based critical analyses and personal responses; 3) writing clearly and effectively in correct and concise prose; 4) examining significant works of the human intellect and imagination; 5) understanding the historical and cultural contexts in which specific texts were created; and 6) recognizing the accomplishments of and issues related to women and diverse cultures reflected in such texts.” Learning objectives 4 and 1 will be part of everything we do in the class: reading, discussing and writing about the literature. Lecture and discussions will be designed to maximize LO 5 and 6, as well. LO 6 will be particularly important in reading works written by or about women and people of non-Western cultures. Almost all of these works examine how societies respond to the “Other,” whether that category is defined by race, class, gender, ethnicity, or even species. Assignments:
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