Faculty of Arts


Science Fiction Media


This course examines science fiction as a media genre. While sci-fi is hugely popular and entertaining, it also plays a unique role in contemporary public culture through its tendency to tackle big and controversial issues facing humanity, and to expand our political, philosophical, social and scientific imagination through creative worldbuilding and futuristic speculation.

Some of the big themes of science fiction that we look at in this course include:

  • Alien encounters
  • Exploration and colonisation of outer space
  • Post-human futures (robots, artificial intelligence and cyborgs)
  • Scientific advances and bioethics
  • Utopias and dystopias
  • Apocalypse and the collapse of civilisation
  • The real and the virtual
  • Time travel narratives

These themes are approached through key examples of science fiction texts. These are usually films but examples may also be drawn from a range of other media such as TV, literature and computer games.

View the course syllabus

Availability 2019

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Luke Goode


MEDIA 319: 15.0 points


30 points at Stage II in Media, Film and Television


FTVMS 224, FTVMS 319, MEDIA 224

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