Course: Science fiction

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Course title Science fiction
Course code KBH/SFL
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 2
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction unspecified
Work placements unspecified
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Zelenka Miloš, prof. PhDr. DrSc.
Course content
Defining the genre; definitions; the attributes of contemporary science fiction. The early works and milestones in the development of sci-fi. Science fiction changing with time and society. British science fiction. The development of the genre in the U.S.A. Czech science fiction. A new generation of Czech sci-fi authors. Science fiction in the former socialist countries. World science fiction, focusing particularly on Anglo-Saxon world. The possibilities of employing science fiction in teaching. Films based on sci-fi themes; comparing films with original literary works.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book)
Learning outcomes
The course focuses on the history of science fiction; its literary theoretical definition and characteristics; the typologic differenciation within this genre; and analyses of its key texts ("sci-fi classics").
A sound grasp of the history, development and evaluation of science fiction and an ability to employ creatively the genre, its authors and their works or particular features in teaching.
The basic knowledge of sci-fi authors and their works.

Assessment methods and criteria
Essay, Analysis of student's language skills

A seminar presentation and final essay related to the subject matter and recommended literature.
Recommended literature
  • Adamovič, I., Neff, O. Slovník české literární fantastiky a science fiction. R3, Praha, 1995.
  • Clute T., Nicholls, P. Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. St. Martins, 1995.
  • Kagarlickij, J. Fantastika, utopie, antiutopie. Panorama, Praha, 1982.
  • Morrow, J., Morrov, K. Síň slávy evropské SF. Baronet, Praha, 2008.
  • Neff, O. Něco je jinak. Albatros, Praha, 1981.
  • Neff, O. Tři eseje o české sci-fi. ČS, Praha, 1985.
  • Neff, O. Všechno je jinak. Albatros, Praha, 1985.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Introductory teacher training course in Czech language and literature (2) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care - Recommended year of study:-, Recommended semester: Winter