Catalogue 2020 - 2021

FILM 304 Science Fiction Film


3 cr.


Junior Standing

Course Description

This course introduces students to the history and critical reception of science fiction as a cinematic genre. As we take in the spectacle of imagined future worlds, encounter aliens and androids, and explore the reaches of space, we’ll find that these films which seem so obviously oriented toward the future tell us most, in fact, about the moments from which they come. Critical readings explore the ways these popular films reflect and shape the concerns of the cultures which produce them, reveal subconscious hopes and fears, and push the limits of cinema’s distinctive modes of expression.