Mar 01, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024
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ENG 2310 - Speculative Fiction


Through critical reading, students consider how texts that ask “What if?” encourage us to rethink approaches to science, technology, and/or the structures of society, which may include broader questions regarding the status of the human and nonhuman. Students explore the topics, concerns, and forms of fiction that fall under the broad umbrella of speculative, such as science-fiction, fantasy, horror, alternate history, and others. Students apply principles of literary analysis to a variety of texts that may include novels, short stories, poetry, and other speculative genres/media.

Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Arch: Constructed World
General Education Code (students who entered prior to Fall 2021-22): 2HL
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Course Transferability: OTM course: TMAH Arts & Humanities
College Credit Plus: Level 1
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to employ appropriate literary terminology to describe and discuss speculative texts.
  • Students will be able to use appropriate evidence in analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating speculative fiction.
  • Students will be able to explain the relationship between speculative texts and broader concerns related to science, technology, and/or society in the cultures or historical periods being depicted or in which the fictional work was produced.
  • Students will be able to critically state, describe, and consider issues related to science, technology, and/or society as they are depicted in speculative fiction.
  • Students will be able to systematically and methodically analyze and evaluate the assumptions of authors, texts, or characters about science, technology and/or society.
  • Students will be able to a formulate a clear thesis and draw conclusions about works of speculative fiction that address form, content, and cultural/historical context.



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