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ENL2007 Speculative Fictions / Science Fiction

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 4 February 2023


The study of literature is uniquely well-suited to address the future defining narratives of science fiction and the contemporary iteration of its fantastical visions: speculative fiction. This course is designed to appeal to students interested in the study of literature and society, introduce students to some of the most innovative literary treatments of social, moral, and political issues, and connect students to the influential field of contemporary literature through the possibility of online publication of their literary criticism produced in concert with students enrolled in creative writing and editing and publishing. This course has been designed in consultation with the creative writing and editing and publishing staff. The course broadly aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain publishing experience in the form of a traditional output, thereby adding value to their successful completion of the course that will be recognised by future employers.

This course examines a range of popular cultural and critical texts in the fields of science fiction, speculative fiction and the study of contemporary literature. Students will have the unique opportunity to examine visions of the far future and the uncanny present produced by some of the most imaginative writers and fantasists of the past century. There will also be an opportunity for student papers to be published in a peer-reviewed undergraduate journal facilitated by English Literature and Creative Writing staff and students. Students will be encouraged to develop their skills in close reading, comparative analysis and critique. The course will enable students to become engaged readers of narratives of the future and the present.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2022 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 1, 2022 Online
Date printed 4 February 2023