Ideas in science fiction

Probing contemporary contexts through science fiction texts

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Abstract

This paper is based on an action research done in an undergraduate class on science fiction. The course, SKBS 2193 Science as Narrative, is part of the BA Literature in English programme at the National University of Malaysia. The objectives of the course are to develop students' communication and critical thinking skills through discussions of different themes within science fiction and to train students to be critical and perceptive to the connection between science fiction and real life issues. This paper demonstrates how studying science fiction helps students become creative and critical thinkers. This is achieved by probing the texts and connecting them to current themes and issues especially those relating to the future of mankind. We also show how the course helps students carry out group projects with outputs in the form of multimedia productions that relate science fiction themes to contemporary issues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-158
Number of pages6
JournalAsian Social Science
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • Contemporary issues
  • Critical thinking
  • Literature teaching
  • Science fiction

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