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FYE 121 Science Fiction and the Human Condition

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    Oct 17, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Dr. Bodek's class on Science Fiction and the Human condition brought together two interesting topics that I yearned to learn more about, and I continuously think about everyday. Every chance I get, I revisit the books that were read during class to develop a better understanding for the topic at had, but also how is that topic relevant today.

    Course highlights:

    The best part of the course would be learning how to write in Chicago Style; I had limited experience with Chicago in High School, but when I entered Dr. Bodek's course, I developed a new love for the writing style. My current major requires Chicago, so I am grateful for Dr. Bodek for teaching me Chicago.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    There were no tests in his class; it was discussion-based, but the one piece of advice for any of his classes is to read the books. If you read the books and you understood them well enough to participate in class, then you were set for an A.

    • Fall 2016
    • Richard Bodek
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Participation Counts
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    Sep 23, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    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.

    Course highlights:

    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.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    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.

    • Fall 2016
    • Richard Bodek
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments Final Paper

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