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The course introduces society through the lens of a science fiction stories. Students are introduced to different stories set in different time periods. The course provides a serious introspection into how humans operate as a whole, as well as provide historical context to certain stories. If one claims to be a nerd, this course will definitely solidify that statement. Since this is considered a history course, it is good to broaden your horizons, and walk away with some knowledge of the science fiction world.
This course heavily improved my writing. The class required the writing of reaction papers, also known as 3-2-1 papers. Students were given an assigned reading, stories from The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction or novels such as Kurt Vonnegut's Player Piano and they were required to write at lease 5 of these papers. I enjoyed the papers because they provided the basis for discussion. My aim was to relate the stories to some aspect in history.
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My plan of attack for the class was to take care of the small assignments first, which some may not find that an ideal plan of attack, but it worked for me. Once I finished the small assignments, I dedicated my time to my final paper. It was a 6-8 page paper on how satire is related to science fiction. I finished it early, so I can have it peer reviewed and I can discuss it with my teacher. The best goal for writing the paper is to space out the writing; do bit by bit each night.