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ENGS 040 – Sex & Society in Star Trek

Credits: 3.00

Course Description: Topics in Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature. Subjects vary by semester. Representative topics: Tolkien's Middle Earth; The Hobbit; Survey of Science Fiction and Fantasy. May be repeated for credit with different content.

Section Description: Sex and Society in Star Trek will explore how this classic though relatively short-lived television series from the late 1960s spoke in powerful, often culturally-vexed ways to its original viewers and still resonates psychically and politically some fifty years later. Along with weekly screenings of individual episodes from the original series (we’ll watch roughly one-third of the series), course readings will offer a variety of perspectives on a range of topics—human sexuality, gender relations, class struggle, racial justice, the nature of community and forms of political authority, even game-theory. Assignments will include archival research on the late 1960s primarily through newspaper accounts and critical-theoretical reflections on key concepts, as well as developing impersonations of cast members.

CRN: 15598

Section: E

Enrolled/Seats: 24/60

Days Time Location
TR 11:40 - 12:55 HARRIS HALL 115

Instructor(s): Andrew Thomas Barnaby

Meeting Dates: 14 Jan 2019 - 03 May 2019