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CN2030 - Science Fiction, Fantasy and Popular Culture

[Offered in even-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

Through the mediation of popular film and television programs, science fiction and fantasy reach enormous audiences. This subject offers students the means to analyse these increasingly important aspects of their cultural experience with theoretical depth and sophistication.

Learning Outcomes

  • offer other students from other faculties experience with a range of approaches to the study of popular culture, focussing on two influential areas attractive to many students;
  • offer social science students exposure to material from popular fictional genres and the means to analyse them;
  • offer students in literary courses an opportunity to explore popular fictional genres within a framework of social and cultural analysis;
  • provide practical experience in theoretical analysis of popular cultural phenomena;
  • supply theoretical and methodological tools for an ongoing competence in ideological analysis and interrogation of popular cultural narratives.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to learn independently and in a self-directed manner.
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points of level 1 study at tertiary level.
CN3030 CU2030 CU3030 SS2030 SS3030 SY2030 SY3030


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: other exams (50%); seminar participation (10%); essays (40%).

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