Syllabus & Course Calendar

Date Unit/Text Class Notes Assignments
1/30/14 Class Notes Introductions to the course and to each other
2/6/14 Human/Machine – Caves of Steel Class Notes
  • Reading: the first half of Caves of Steel
  • Writing: write your first journal post
2/13/14 Human/Machine – Caves of Steel</em Class Notes Reading:
Finish Caves of SteelOnline:
Create OpenLab Account. Join course group.Writing:
Weekly reading journal – post on blog (log in, click + Post above, write/publish blog. Focus on a single moment in the text that seems particularly rich to you. Discuss how it relates to the themes/motifs we discussed in class on 2/6/14. Use Categories “Student Post” and “Reading Journal.” Use tags as appropriate, perhaps adding tags related to themes you are exploring.Research
Look at past practices at Ellis Island. To what treatment were immigrants subjected when they came to America? How can you compare that to moments between Spacers and Earthpeople in Caves of Steel?
2/27/14 Human/Machine – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Class Notes Reading:
+ Read up to Chapter 15 in Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep+ Read short piece to be placed on our Readings pageWriting:
Weekly reading journal – post on blog (log in, click + Post above, write/publish blog.In 1-2 paragraphs, write a close analysis about a passage of text from Caves of Steel

Use Categories “Student Post” and “Reading Journal.” Use tags as appropriate, perhaps adding tags related to themes you are exploring.

Online:
+ create introductory document for yourself if you haven’t done so yet

+ Create OpenLab Account. Join course group.

3/6/14 Human/Machine – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Class Notes Assignments: Finish Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Write journal #4 (open topic on Androids)
3/13/14 Human/Machine Class Notes Required Reading (available on the Readings page):
* They Say/I Say (selections)
* One of the following two articles (your choice):
a) Cole, Simon A. “Do Androids Pulverize Tiger Bones to Use as Aphrodisiacs?”
b) William F. Touponce. Isaac Asimov.Optional Reading
* biographical pieces about Philip K. Dick and Isaac Asimov
3/20/14 Human/Machine Class Notes (none available) PAPER ONE DUE [DOWNLOAD ASSIGNMENT]
3/27/14 Future Earth Class Notes Octavia Butler, Dawn — read first 100 pages
Reading journal #5
Finish Star Trek: Next Generation, “Measure of a Man
4/3/14 Future Earth Class Notes Octavia Butler, Dawn — read up to page 200
Reading journal #6
4/10/14 Future Earth Class Notes Octavia Butler, Dawn — finish book
MIDTERM
4/17/14 NO CLASS – SPRING BREAK
4/24/14 Future Earth Class Notes District 9
5/1/14 Future Earth Class Notes Nalo Hopkinson, Brown Girl in the Ring
5/8/14 Future Earth Class Notes Nalo Hopkinson, Brown Girl in the Ring
5/15/14 Space / Review Class Notes 2001. Review for Final Exam
5/22/14 FINAL EXAM
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