SRJC Course Outlines

7/7/2022 7:05:52 AMENGL 14 Course Outline as of Fall 2022

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  ENGL 14Title:  DYSTOPIAN LITERATURE  
Full Title:  Dystopian Literature
Last Reviewed:2/28/2022

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade or P/NP
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
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Catalog Description:
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In this course students will survey the genre of dystopian literature: works set in a futuristic bad-place (dys-topos). Study will include classic and contemporary works; major writers and themes of dystopian literature; technocultural theory; and an exploration of why dystopian literature has captured the contemporary cultural imagination.

Completion of ENGL 1A or ESL 10 or equivalent

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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In this course students will survey the genre of dystopian literature: works set in a futuristic bad-place (dys-topos). Study will include classic and contemporary works; major writers and themes of dystopian literature; technocultural theory; and an exploration of why dystopian literature has captured the contemporary cultural imagination.
(Grade or P/NP)

Prerequisites:Completion of ENGL 1A or ESL 10 or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 2017
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 C2HumanitiesFall 2017
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 3BHumanitiesFall 2017
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2017Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2017Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Major Applicable Course


Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1.  Critically read, analyze, and interpret major works of dystopian literature.
2.  Write critical analysis papers about dystopian literature.
3.  Demonstrate understanding of historical and cultural influences on dystopian literature.
4.  Demonstrate undergraduate level understanding of technocultural theory.

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In order to achieve these learning outcomes, during the course the students will:
1. Define dystopian literature as a genre.
2. Distinguish dystopian literature from utopian fiction, science fiction and speculative fiction.
3. Identify precursors to dystopian literature.
4. Identify historical influences on dystopian literature.
5. Identify selected major writers in dystopian literature and analyze their contribution to the genre.
6. Demonstrate an undergraduate level understanding of technocultural theory.
7. Read, analyze and interpret dystopian literature.
8. Write coherent essays about dystopian works.
9. Conduct research in relation to dystopian themes.
10. Effectively use secondary and critical material in the study of literary texts.
11. Demonstrate a semiotic understanding of why dystopian literature is capturing the contemporary cultural imagination.

Topics and Scope
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I. Dystopian literature as a genre
    A. Dystopian fiction
    B. Utopian fiction
    C. Science fiction
    D. Speculative fiction
    E. Poetry
    F. Plays
    G. Related nonfiction
II.  Precursors to dystopian fiction
    A. Utopia, by Thomas More
    B. The New Atlantis, by Francis Bacon
    C. The City of the Sun, by Tomasso Campanella
    D. English Romantic Writers
         1. Mary Shelley
         2. William Blake
         3. William Wordsworth
         4. Samuel Coleridge
         5. John Keats
         6. George Byron
         7. Percy Shelley
    E. American Transcendentalists
         1. Ralph Waldo Emerson
         2. Henry David Thoreau
    F.   Modernists
         1. William Butler Yeats
         2. Samuel Beckett
         3. T.S. Eliot      
III.  Overview of historical influences on dystopian fiction
    A. Paradigm shift from medieval to early modern era
         1. Capitalism
         2. Enlightenment ideology
         3. Science
    B. The Industrial Revolution
         1. Steam
         2. Electricity
         3. Assembly line
    C.  Atomic Bomb
    D.Digital Age
IV. Major figures in dystopian literature
    A. Contributions of novelists: e.g. George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Anthony Burgess, Octavia Butler, Margaret Atwood, Ursula Le Guin, Neil Stephenson, William Gibson, Samuel Delany, Mary Shelley
    B. Contributions of non-fiction writers: e.g. modernity and technocultural theorists
    C. Contributions of poets: e.g. Yeats, Wordsworth, T.S. Eliot
    D. Contributions of playwrights: Samuel Beckett
V. Technocultural Theory
    A. Frankfurt School
         1. Marcuse
         2. Adorno
         3. Horkheimer
    B. Afrofuturism
         1. Technoracism
         2. Technopower relations
    C. Posthumanism: Donna Haraway, A Cyborg Manifesto
    D. Anarcho Primitivism
    E. Techno Utopians
    F. Other texts and theory
VI. Literary Research
    A. Secondary Sources
    B. MLA Documentation
VII. Semiotics and Cultural Imagination

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Reading assignments may include
1. Assigned readings from major works of dystopian literature
2. Selected essays or books on dystopian literature as a genre
3. Selected essays or books written by modernity and/or technocultural theorists
4. Selected essays or books written by other critical theorists, such as postcolonial, Marxist, feminist, etc.
5. Weekly reading quizzes
Writing assignments (6,500-8,000 total words) may include
1. 1-2 essay exams
2. Analytical essays on assigned works
3. Personal essays in response to assigned works
4. Technocultural analysis of a text
5. Semiotic analysis of dystopian literature and contemporary culture
6. Essay requiring research and MLA documentation
Alternative optional assignments such as presentation, media, or group assignments.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
70 - 80%
Analytical essays, personal essays, technocultural analysis, semiotic analysis, research essay.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
10 - 20%
Reading quizzes, essay exams
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Participation, alternative assignment such as presentation, media, or group assignments

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Utopia. More, Thomas. Dover, 1997 (classic).
The New Atlantic. Bacon, Francis. Dover, 2003 (classic).
The City of the Sun. Campanella, Tomasso. Dover, 2003 (classic).
1984. Orwell, George. Mass Market, 2006 (classic).
Brave New World. Huxley, Aldous. Harper, 2006 (classic).
Fahrenheit 451. Bradbury, Ray. Simon & Schuster, 2013 (classic).
The Left Hand of Darkness. Le Guin, Ursula. Ace, 2000 (classic).
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Dick, Philip K. Del Rey, 1996 (classic).
A Clockwork Orange. Burgess, Anthony. Norton, 1986 (classic).
Neuromancer. Gibson, William. Mass Market, 1984 (classic).
The Handmaid's Tale. Atwood, Margaret. Anchor, 1998 (classic).
Parable of the Sower. Butler, Octavia. Grand Central, 2000 (classic).
Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia.  Delany, Samuel. Wesleyan, 1996 (classic).
Snow Crash. Stephenson, Neal. Spectra, 2000 (classic).
Oryx and Crake. Atwood, Margaret. Anchor, 2004 (classic).
The Road. McCarthy, Cormac. Vintage, 2006 (classic).
Into the Forest, Jean Hegland.  Dial, 1998 (classic).
Super Sad True Love Story. Shteyngart, Gary. Random House, 2011 (classic).
Station Eleven. St. John Mandel, Emily. Vintage, 2014 (classic).
The Wasteland. Eliot. T.S. W.W. Norton & Co., 2000 (classic).
"The Second Coming." Yeats, William Butler. Shamrock Eden, 2010 (classic).
"The World is Too Much With Us." Wordsworth, William (classic).
Frankenstein: Norton Critical Edition. Shelly, Mary. W.W. Norton and Co, 2012 (classic).
Endgame. Beckett, Samuel. Grove Press, 2009 (classic).
Upgrade Soul, Collectors Edition, by Ezra Claytan Daniels. Oni Press. 2021
Bitch Planet, Vol 1: Extraordinary Machine, by Kelly Sue DeConnick. 2015 (classic).
Critical Theory
Technoculture. Shaw, Debra Benita. Berg, 2008 (classic).
Civilization and Its Discontents. Freud, Sigmund. Penguin, 2010 (classic).
Power/Knowledge. Foucault, Michel. Vintage, 1980 (classic).
Eros and Civilization. Marcuse, Herbert. Beacon, 1974 (classic).
The Dialectic of Enlightenment. Adorno, Theodor & Max Horkheimer. Stanford UP, 2007 (classic).
Flame Wars: The Discourse of Cyberculture. Dery, Mark. Duke UP, 1994 (classic).
How We Became Posthuman. Hayles, Katherine. U of Chicago P, 1999 (classic).
"A Cyborg Manifesto." In Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature. Haraway, Donna. Routledge, 1990 (classic).
AfroFuturism: The World of Black Sci Fi and Fantasy Culture. Womack, Ytasha. Chicago Review, 2013 (classic).
Running on Emptiness: The Pathology of Civilization. Zerzan, John. Feral House, 2002 (classic).
Against Civilization: Readings and Reflections.  Ed. Zerzan, John. Feral House, 2005 (classic).
Twilight of the Machines. Zerzan, John. Feral House, 2008 (classic).
Endgame: The Problem of Civilization. Jenson, Derrick. Seven Stories, 2006 (classic).
Methodology of the Oppressed. Sandoval, Chela.  U of Minnessota P, 2000 (classic).
The Tools of Empire: Technology and European Imperialism in the Nineteenth Century. Headrick, Daniel. Oxford UP, 1981 (classic).
Machines as the Measure of Men: Science, Technology, and Ideologies of Western Dominance. Adas, Michael. Cornell UP, 1990 (classic).
The Cyborg Handbook. Hables, Chris Gray. Routledge, 1995 (classic).
Darwin among the Machines. Dyson, George. Basic Books, 1997 (classic).
The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence. Kurzweil, Ray. Penguin,1999 (classic).
The Enlightenment. Porter, Roy. Palgrave, 2001 (classic).
So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction and Fantasy. Hopkinson, Nalo & Gregory Rudledge. Arsenal, 2004 (classic).
The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology. Kurzweil, Ray. Penguin, 2006 (classic).
Race Against the Machine. Brynjolfsson, Erik and Andrew McAffee. Digital Frontier, 2012 (classic).
Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future.  Ford, Martin. Basic, 2015 (classic).
Smarter than Us: The Rise of Machine Intelligence. Armstrong, Stuart.  Machine Intelligence Research Institute, 2014 (classic).
Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era. Barrat, James. St. Martins, 2015 (classic).

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