Interstellar Relations: The Politics Of Speculative Fiction

Authors writing in the Science Fiction/Speculative Fiction (SF) genre have long explored political themes— such as the rise and decline of empires, the impact of technological change on individual liberty, the nature of revolutionary struggles, the workings of totalitarianism, and the impact of socio-political collapse on humankind. This seminar approaches SF as social-scientific and social-theoretic text. Subjects include the politics of contact, alterity, identity, games, and warfare. This course (GOVT 310) is taught by Daniel Nexon, Department of Government/School of Foreign Service, as a Doyle Seminar (small upper-level classes that foster deepened student learning about diversity and difference through research and dialogue).

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