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Unit description

This unit will explore the mythical foundations of modern law and illustrate how science fiction, and more specifically climate fiction, may represent a new “mythology for the future”. Students will be asked to read a selection of contemporary works of climate fiction and discuss their possible relevance in the legal realm, with particular reference to environmental law and Earth Jurisprudence.

Unit content

 

Topic 1: Law and mythology

Topic 2: Law and science fiction

Topic 3: Science fiction as a new mythology for the future

Topic 4: Earth Jurisprudence and climate fiction

Topic 5: The possible role of climate fiction in the legal realm

Topic 6: Critical analysis of some works of climate fiction

 

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate an understanding of the interrelatedness of law, mythology and science fictionIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2discuss how science fiction may represent a new mythology for the futureIntellectual rigourCreativity
3demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of Earth JurisprudenceKnowledge of a discipline
4discuss the possible relevance of climate fiction in the legal realmIntellectual rigourCreativity
5discuss the relationship between Earth Jurisprudence and climate fictionIntellectual rigourCreativity
6employ critical thinking to analyse climate fiction as a new mythology for the futureIntellectual rigourCreativity

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the interrelatedness of law, mythology and science fiction
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. discuss how science fiction may represent a new mythology for the future
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
  3. demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of Earth Jurisprudence
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. discuss the possible relevance of climate fiction in the legal realm
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
  5. discuss the relationship between Earth Jurisprudence and climate fiction
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
  6. employ critical thinking to analyse climate fiction as a new mythology for the future
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity

Teaching and assessment

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