HUMN 1011

From Gerald R. Lucas

Perspectives on Genre Fiction

This is an Area B course that develops key competencies in critical thinking and oral communication through an introduction to genre fiction, which may include speculative, horror, fantastic, romantic, crime, or science fiction. The course includes an online Critical Thinking and Oral Communication (CTOC) component.

I teach this course using science fiction as our genre of study.

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Short-Form Science Fiction

The short story has been a mainstay in literature for centuries, but arguably no other genre has benefited more from this form than science fiction. This course will examine short-form science fiction in stories, television, and films.


Term CRN Class Day and Time Room
Fall 2020 81319 HUMN 1011.01 MW 9:30–10:45 (H-OL ⚠️) «Canceled» SoAL-120
Fall 2019 86590 HUMN 1011.01 MW 9:30-10:45 CoAS-122

Course Goals

  • To develop and enhance the students’ critical and analytical ability to read and understand various short-form science fiction texts and their contexts and significance through and variety of pedagogical strategies.
  • To develop and enhance the students’ ability to think critically and creatively and to write and to speak effectively about the arts and culture.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  • Students will assimilate, analyze and present thoughts and opinions in oral forms.
  • Students will demonstrate the abilities to analyze, or interpret evidence or arguments, in order to formulate and support new arguments or solve problems.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between cultural texts and society.