SAC 331 - Film Genres and Types
Section: 001 The Science Fiction Film and Society
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Screen Arts and Cultures (SAC)
Department: LSA Film, Television, and Media
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
Advisory Prerequisites:
SAC 236.
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Science fiction has long been a mainstay of popular cinema, at least since Georges Melies’ A Trip to the Moon in 1902. It was a genre developed out of the 19th century “scientific romance,” of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Mary Shelley, and other writers, all reacting to the scientific and technological revolutions of the times. This course will trace the historic growth and evolution of the science fiction film, including its roots in 19th century and 20th century literature, as well as its reflection of seismic scientific and technological breakthroughs, e.g., Darwinism, atomic energy, space travel, genetic engineering, and automation--especially robotics. Along with reading key source texts, such as Wells’ The Time Machine, we will also integrate a study of relevant social issues embedded in the genre, from global “imaginations of disasters,” dehumanization, and Cold War fears in the 1950s U.S. sci-fi film. Representative films will include Metropolis (1926), The Thing (1951), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Alphaville (1965), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), and Blade Runner (1982).

Class Format:

Each week the class will meet for two 90-minute lecture/discussions, as well as a 2-3 hour lab for viewing movies.

SAC 331 - Film Genres and Types
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (LAB)
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
003 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
004 (LAB)
Tu 7:00PM - 10:00PM
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Fall SAC 331-001 is now The Science Fiction Film & Society, a survey course of the genre, with an emphasis on its social contexts and its sources in 19th and 20th century popular literature. Titles for the required textbooks will be posted here by August 1.
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