MERN Forum Presentation id=765
MERN Forum # 49
Session: 2A
Author: Royce Murray
Affiliation: University of Winnipeg
Title : The power of science fiction to meet curricula outcomes
Description : This session describes how science fiction can be used to approach complex themes, and engage students in exploring those themes with a goal towards meeting required curricular outcomes. Beginning in the mid-to-late nineteenth century with classical literary works by authors such as Robert Louis Stevenson (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1886) and Jules Verne (A Journey to the Center of the Earth, 1864), science fiction exploded into the public consciousness in the twentieth century with comic book superheroes such as Superman (1938) and popular movie and television franchises such as Star Trek (1966) and Star Wars (1977). Often relegated to cult fandom, science-fiction stories often serve as analogies for prominent institutional and social justice issues present at the time they were written; many of which continue to be educationally relevant. The potential of this medium will be explored in this session using several theoretical and pre-trialed examples.
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