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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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Bertagna, Julie, 2002, Exodus, London: Pan Macmillan, London: Pan Macmillan. ISBN: 9781743031216 .
  • Gosh, Amitav, 2004, The Hungry Tide, London: Harper Collins, London: Harper Collins. ISBN: 9780007141784 .
  • Jensen, Liz, 2009, The Rapture, London: Bloomsbury, London: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9780747597292 .
  • Lloyd, Saci, 2015, The Carbon Diaries, London: Hodder Children's Books, London: Hodder Children's Books. ISBN: 9780340970157 .
  • Students must read at least 3 of the following novels before the commencement of the intensive classes (including one of the YA novels/series: Atwood, Margaret, 2002, Oryx and Crake, London: Bloomsbury, London: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 9781408802779 .
  • Winterson, Jeanette, 2007, The Stone Gods, London: Hamish Hamilton, London: Hamish Hamilton. ISBN: 9780141032603 .
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

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