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STEM280 - Exploring Society and Cultures via Science Fiction

Course Details

Course Code: STEM280 Course ID: 5176 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course offers students with a unique approach into the societies and cultures that we could progress toward in the future via the review of the science fiction genre. This course will review many aspects of technological questions that society will face in the future. Does the rise of technological advancements in artificial intelligence and robotics eventually bring us to a point where we must decide what is life and the right to self-determination as the Star Trek: TNG series covered in “The Measure of a Man”, laying out the rights of Commander Data. This is just one of many aspects of society and culture that will be examined throughout the course as students are made to think critically about what will the future look like.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

• CO1: Discuss the role(s) of science fiction in science, technology, and society today.
• CO2: Develop an understanding of the multi-disciplinary implications of science fiction in STEM fields.
• CO3: Discuss a science fiction work or major philosophical idea that directly influenced later technological advancements.
• CO4: Apply creative and critical thinking skills to explore how new advancements in technology and science can drive human change.

  • 3 Assignments worth 30% of the total course grade
  • Final Paper worth worth 30% of the total course grade
  • 8 Discussion forums worth 40% of the total course grade

All required course materials are provided in the electronic reserves within the course.

Book Title:Various resources from Trefry Library and/or the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom.

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.