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LITR19047 - Science Fiction and Film

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course examines the sci-fi genre, the problems of defining it, and the values promoted by it using a selection of texts from sci-fi fantasy, fiction and film.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites Prerequisite: Minimum of 18 Units of Credit

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2022

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
4. Written Assessment 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

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Course continuation
Course will not longer be run as of Term 3, 2013.
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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. develop a broad knowledge of the science fiction genre; examine the problems of defining it, and analyse the meanings and values produced by it
  2. consider science fiction literature and film as spaces where ideas, identities and ideologies are negotiated and contested
  3. examine specific texts as examples of SF as a mode of socio-cultural production
  4. explore the SF challenges to the limits of aesthetic and ideological boundaries by focusing on a set of texts that experiment with forms and ideas and which borrow from other genres
  5. demonstrate of the following skills: • the ability to operate effectively on a body of knowledge relevant to science fiction and film. • the ability to find, retrieve and deploy information and evidence from both primary science fiction resources and secondary research on the science fiction genre. • the ability to identify and evaluate arguments, synthesise ideas and develop coherent positions with regard to the texts and issues relevant to science fiction and film. • the ability to understand and apply relevant terms, concepts and theories to a range of science fiction texts and films. • the ability to work with others, to debate and persuade, and to reflect on their own intellectual development with regard to the issues explored in science fiction texts and films. • the ability to identify and reflect on positions taken, and to understand their social, ethical, aesthetic and political implications explored in science fiction and film. • the ability to communicate research outcomes and cogent arguments with advanced oral and written communication skills, and to make use of contemporary information technologies to present research outcomes and arguments.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)
4 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
4 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)