EAC234 - Science Fiction

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Last revision date 2017-05-29 00:35:29.718
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Subject Title
Science Fiction

Subject Description
Science fiction addresses key concerns that are not restricted to the imaginative worlds depicted in fiction; rather, science fiction uses alien settings, strange worlds, alternate timelines, or virtual environments as a way of exploring contemporary issues. Over the course of exploring the various issues contained in these fictions, the various movements of science fiction will be explored to provide a broader sense of the genre's development from its earliest to its most current forms; in addition, terminology will be introduced so, by the end of the course, students will have a broader understanding of science fiction's historical and thematic terrain.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Arts and Humanities category.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a good understanding of critical concepts for the analysis of the style and content of science fiction

2. Demonstrate critical thinking skills by articulating analysis within a framework of textual evidence and critical terminology

3. Produce correct, coherent analytical essays

4. Use typical samples of science fiction to identify, define, and describe the essential characteristics of science fiction and their various applications

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

Discrimination/Harassment
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Prerequisite(s)
EAC150 or equivalent.

Topic Outline
Students will develop and demonstrate their competence in written expression, reading, and research skills by exploring such topics as the history of science fiction, specific sub-genres, social issues embedded in science fiction, and such literary elements as theme, symbolism, metaphor and/or characterization.

Mode of Instruction

There are two modes of delivery for this course:
 
1. In-class:  Students attend classes on campus each week. All instruction is delivered in a face to face environment.
 
2. Online:  All class work is completed in a fully online environment.  Students do not attend any classes on campus; however, the final exam must be written in-person at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered. If you are unable to do so, please make alternative arrangements through the College at which you registered.
 
Students interested in pursuing online studies must have strong time management skills and regular access to a home or office computer with an Internet connection and web access. 
 
Teaching and Learning Methods:
 
To ensure that students are engaged as much as possible in the learning process, instructors can use such teaching methods as class and small group discussions, essays and research, individual and group presentations, readings, lectures, workshops, in-class exercises, and/or web-based instruction. The mode of delivery will dictate the most appropriate teaching methods available to an instructor. 

Prescribed Texts
Classroom:
Evans, Arthur B., et. al. The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction 
Additional readings to be assigned by the professor

Online:
Clarke, Arthur C. Childhood's End
Evans, Arthur B., et. al. The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction 
Wells, H.G. The Time Machine

Reference Material
Maimon, Elaine, et al., A Writer's Resource: A Handbook for Writing and Research. McGraw-Hill Ryerson
Any Canadian Reference or Handbook
Students should possess an appropriate college-level dictionary/thesaurus.

Students are referred to the following web site for the Seneca College Library MLA Style Guide and Guide to Integrating Quotations (MLA Style):
http://seneca.libguides.com/mla

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
OR
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.


Modes of Evaluation
To be successful in this course, you must complete all course work as specified and achieve an overall grade of 50% or higher. For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy available at: http://www.senecac.on.ca/academic-policy/


Term Work
The term work for In-class sections will constitute 75% of the final grade.  The term work for Online sections will constitute 60% of the final grade. The instructor's class schedule will indicate the nature of the weekly activities as well as the assignments, their due dates, and their value. All assignments must be correctly documented using MLA criteria – in-text citations for quotes and paraphrasing; MLA Works Cited page – and follow the criteria established by the instructor, unless otherwise notified.

All term work assignments must be completed prior to the time of the examination. Unless students have been granted an extension in advance, late assignments will be penalized accordingly. There is no provision for rewriting late assignments, regardless of the grade awarded. Students must contact faculty in advance of due date to discuss extensions.

Make-up opportunities for assignments must also be made in advance of the scheduled due date. If an assignment is missed due to absence, any official documentation that might be grounds for arranging a make-up opportunity must be submitted as per the policies established by Continuing Education . Make-up opportunities do not apply to all graded assignments.

Final Examination:
The final examination for In-class sections will constitute 25% of the final grade. The final examination for Online sections will constitute 40% of the final grade. Students will respond to the exam questions in short answer and essay form that satisfies the learning outcomes of EAC234: Science Fiction.

The final exam for Online sections must be written at the Test Centre of the College at which you registered. If you are unable to do so, please make alternative arrangements through the College at which you registered.

Grading scheme:

In-Class sections   Online sections  
Content quizzes 10% Online Assignments 15%
Written Assignments 30% Essay 1 20%
Seminar with written analysis 15% Essay 2 25%
Major Paper 20%    
Final Examination 25% Final Examination 40%

Student Success:

In-Class 
Please come prepared to participate in class. Make sure you bring your course text to each class, participate in class discussions, hand in any assigned work on time, and attend each and every class. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.  

Online
Please access the course every week (or more) and keep up with assigned readings. Make sure you participate in the online assignments and hand in any assigned work on time. Following these suggestions will increase your chances of success.

Approved by: Fiona Bain-greenwood