Junior Seminar: The Bio-tech Future: Sci-Fi Film and Society

From the earliest films in the late 19th century to contemporary Hollywood blockbusters, science and technology have long played a role in how the future has been envisioned. In this seminar students will study a range of popular science fiction films and examine how the futures portrayed in these films are a creative, ociocultural response to the techno-scientific milieu of their production. Students will consider how film challenges us to re-examine concepts of scientific progress and technological advancement by asking questions such as: what is monstrous about sci-fi monsters, and what is biology in the age of the machine?

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