21A.508 Anthropology through Speculative Fiction (21A.203)


Class Info

Examines how anthropology and speculative fiction (SF) each explore ideas about culture and society, technology, morality, and life in "other" worlds. Investigates this convergence of interest through analysis of SF in print, film, and other media. Covers traditional and contemporary anthropological themes, including first contact; gift exchange; gender, marriage, and kinship; law, morality, and cultural relativism; religion; race and embodiment; politics, violence, and war; medicine, healing, and consciousness; technology and environment.

This class has no prerequisites.

21A.508 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by E. C. James and S. Helmreich.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS S.

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