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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Unit aim

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.

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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
2 discuss how science fiction may represent a new mythology for the future
3 demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of Earth Jurisprudence
4 discuss the possible relevance of climate fiction in the legal realm
5 discuss the relationship between Earth Jurisprudence and climate fiction
6 employ critical thinking to analyse climate fiction as a new mythology for the future

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

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

Prescribed texts

  • 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.