For this class, you have to complete a series of science fiction essays. Here are the steps and requirements you should follow.
- Choose 1 book and 1 film from the following list. You will use these two sources for all of your Sci-Fi essays this term.
Max Barry, Jennifer Government
George Orwell, 1984
Cory Doctorow, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
China Mieville, The City and The City
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
Veronica Roth, Divergent
YOU MUST INCORPORATE 1 BOOK AND 1 FILM FROM THE LIST ABOVE AND ANSWER ALL THE QUESTIONS BELOW IN YOUR ESSAY…THERE CAN BE ABSOLUTELY NO PLAGIARISM AT ALL
Sci-Fi Essay 2: Social interaction and social structure. Interactions are an essential part of our lives and our “self”. Are the characters confronted with role strain or role conflict? In the films and books, describe the main character’s ascribed and achieved status(es). Are the societies described based on mechanical or organic solidarity? Are they more Gemeinschaft or Gesellschaft societies?
Sci-Fi Essay 2: Groups and Organizations. What are the most important groups (primary and secondary) and formal organizations / bureaucracies presented in the books and films? What kind of leadership is present? Identify examples of ingroup / outgroup, conformity and obedience.
Sci-Fi Essay 2: Deviance and crime. What kinds of activities are presented as deviant or criminal in the books and films? How do these societies treat deviant? What kinds of punishments are applied to them (formal / informal)? Is there a criminal justice system? How does it work?