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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.
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
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||demonstrate an understanding of the interrelatedness of law, mythology and science fiction||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||discuss how science fiction may represent a new mythology for the future||Intellectual rigour||Creativity|
|3||demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of Earth Jurisprudence||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||discuss the possible relevance of climate fiction in the legal realm||Intellectual rigour||Creativity|
|5||discuss the relationship between Earth Jurisprudence and climate fiction||Intellectual rigour||Creativity|
|6||employ critical thinking to analyse climate fiction as a new mythology for the future||Intellectual rigour||Creativity|
- 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 .
Teaching and assessment
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