S (oui_je_danse) wrote in uw,

CHID science fiction focus group

The first day of class has traditionally been one of urgently dropped classes and schedule changes. Maybe you’ve realized three 400 level math classes will do “festive” things to your brain. Maybe you’re just in the market for another 2 credits. Whatever the scheduling reason, there is a brand shiny new class for you.

There is a CHID 2-credit focus group that I’m helping organize that hasn’t been listed for registration yet. I just today finalized the day and time with the professor helping me. If you decide you want to do this speak up with a comment and I’ll tell when you can register. The title is something alone the lines of…


The “What If?” Question of Science Fiction

Science Fiction is potent because it gives us a literary space to explore the big "What If?" questions about ourselves and how we should live. This focus group will use pieces of mixed media Utopia/Dystopia fiction to examine our different conceptions of society, human behavior and visions of the future. We'll question what these cautionary tales of police states and failed ideals can teach us today. For each the group will also look to its context in order to understand how it was a product of a time and place.




This will be a small discussion group (not more than 10 or 12 people) which meets Wednesdays from 4:30-6:20 in the CHID lounge. The first meeting is next Wednesday at the normal time and place. As a group we’ll pick which books we want to read and any movies we’d rather watch instead. If there is a paper at all it will be a short one due at the end of the quarter. Focus groups are really awesome because it’s an environment where you can relax and chat about something interesting that you’ve helped choose.


Email me at sazma529@u.washington.edu with any questions, but it would be faster to comment here.


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