Students should be confident that they can complete the reading and be
able to remember details or have notes on details (lists of names and places).
As this is a discussion-based class, students must be comfortable and willing
to participate in weekly class discussions.
Students will need unabridged copies of the following works:
*Out of the Silent Planet -by C.S. Lewis
*I, Robot -by Isaac Asimov
*Childhood's End -by Arthur C. Clark
*The Martian Chronicles -by Ray Bradbury
This class is for people who like Star Wars and Star Trek, Doctor Who,
X-Men, Avengers, and Hunger Games.
By reading Science Fiction – both Christian and non-Christian, students
will be challenged as believers to understand more deeply what they believe
in the context of their pleasure reading.
Students’ non-Christian peers are watching the same movies and reading the same books.
Having a solid understanding of science fiction and its ideas, as well as Christian-based responses to those ideas, will allow them to profess their faith more effectively when
discussing these texts.
Course Class Time:
This class will be structured as follows:
discussion/lecture with supplementary writing tasks designed to guide the
student in responding to the literature
group work so that students can practice discussing these texts among their friends
Course Homework Requirements:
Reading, more reading, and some writing
The writing will ask questions concerning the meaning of the story, ask what the Christian response to the story is, and ask about the critique of culture that is in the story.
Students should expect to read a maximum of 70 pages per week.
There will be weeks when the reading requirement is substantially less, and I will try to schedule lighter reading loads during stressful times in the year (midterms, finals, plays, etc.).
There will be in-class quizzes, as well as take-home quizzes.
The midterm and final exams will be centered around the readings and class
discussions on the reading. Students will be asked to refer back to the texts.
40% essay assignments (two essays)
50% tests (midterm and final)
10% homework (quizzes and writing)
Internet access and a reliable printer are necessary
Students must be prepared and willing to participate in class discussion.