Module title: Science fiction: text and film

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CLP09108
Module leader: Sarah Artt
School School of Arts and Creative Industries
Subject area group: Humanities and Culture

Module code - CLP08100 CLP08101
Module title - Popular Culture or Texts and Contexts
Examples of equivalent learning - Any SCQF 9 modules in Literature, Culture or Film

2019/0, Trimester 1, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Sarah Artt
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module uses a range of methods: lectures, screenings, tutorials, and independent study to provide a variety of independent and group learning opportunities. It is supported by VLE to promote discussion and collaboration outside of class hours. You will develop theoretical, critical and historical knowledge of the science fiction genre and apply this knowledge to in-class discussion.

Lectures will vary in format, including talks and discussions, as well as regular opportunities for discussion and debate on key issues each week. (LOs 1,2, 3)

Tutorials will be student-led for the most part, with summative assessment for group facilitation forming part of the module's assessment strategy (LO4)

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will take the form of a plan for the final assessment to be submitted at the end of Week 8. Students will be provided with a template for preparing a plan for their final assessment whether they have chosen to do an essay or a piece of creative writing with a critical analysis. Students will then be given individual feedback to aid them in developing and executing an individual research essay or piece of creative writing.

Summative Assessment:
Students undertake two summative assessments: group facilitation (worth 30%) to be submitted on a rolling schedule throughout the term, as determined in the first week (LOS 2, 3 and 4); and a final written assessment: a research essay or creative writing with critical analysis (worth 70%) to be submitted in Week 12 (LOs 1,2,3, 4).

The discussion facilitation takes place in the scheduled tutorial slot and is normally undertaken in small groups for a duration of 50 minutes. Students are required to submit their slides and other materials on the day of the facilitation (requirements for this are covered in the assessment brief.) This assessment requires students to engage in independent research, choosing from a list of weekly topics in order to plan discussion questions and activities for their peers. Students receive their grade and feedback within one week of completing this assessment.

The critical research essay or creative writing option (3000 words) requires students to work individually, to produce an essay plan (formative assessment due Week 8 and then a critical research essay or creative writing with critical analysis based on one of a choice of briefs. This assessment allows students to write about a variety of module themes, and to develop their independent research skills building towards the demands of the dissertation in honours year. Students who choose the creative writing option hone their writing skills, and consider how creative practice can be informed by academic scholarship and discussion.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Tutorial 10
Face To Face Lecture 20
Independent Learning Guided independent study 170
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Discussion/Participation 30 1-4 3 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Essay 70 1-3 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

What is science fiction? This module is aimed at engaging students with the diversity of narratives offered by science fiction film and literature. Over the trimester, you will explore the key concerns of a popular genre, using some of its most exciting texts and films. You will engage in critical analysis of the ways in which science fiction deals with broad historical and cultural themes, through a combination of screenings, lectures and facilitated seminar discussions. This will lead to a final assignment that allows you flex your creative muscles by submitting a short story or a more traditional discursive essay.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Identify and describe texts and films that qualify as science fiction.
LO2: Apply the characteristics of specific generic themes of science fiction and analyse them in a contemporary cultural context.
LO3: Critique the theoretical issues that underpin the specific texts and films examined.
LO4: Demonstrate the ability to effectively lead and facilitate group discussion.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CLP09108 Science Fiction Text and Film