FYF@Innis Seminars

Dystopia: Religion and Gender in Science Fiction

Professor: Laura Beth Bugg
Subject: Religion
Course Code: RLG198H1F

Seminar description

This course will examine the “what ifs” and imagined worlds of ideal utopias and oppressive dystopias through the lens of religion and gender in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland.

Because science fiction and utopian/dystopian literature expresses what an author sees as possible or hopes is possible, but also fears is possible, we will consider science fiction as a political and social critique.

Themes to be covered include fundamentalism, totalitarianism, the relationship between technology and religion, religion and reproductive rights, and the potential relationship between religion, gender and oppression.

Get to know the professor

NAME: Michelle Cho

INNIS FYF SEMINAR I WILL BE TEACHING IN 2020-2021: EAS197H1F: Media Worlds and East Asia

HOMETOWN: Chicago, Illinois, USA

THE LAST GREAT MOVIE I SAW WAS: Us (Jordan Peele)

MY ACTUAL FAVOURITE MOVIE: Pacific Rim

THE SONG I HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW: “Outro: Tear” BTS

FAVOURITE FOOD: Dumplings (and Japanese fluffy pancakes)

GUILTY PLEASURE: Japanese fluffy pancakes

I AM SURPRISINGLY VERY GOOD AT: Decorating baked goods.

A FUN FACT ABOUT MYSELF: I was named after a Beatles song.

MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT TEACHING: Empowering students to question things.

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE MY CLASS: Because you’ll learn to think about media and pop culture in new ways.

WHAT I WANT MY STUDENTS TO KNOW: Thinking critically about something you already love (like a movie or a media franchise) makes you love it more.

A COOL FACT ABOUT MY FIELD OF STUDY: East Asian studies started in North America as a way to train US intelligence agents to decode the “enemy” during WWII, but now it’s working to dismantle accepted ideas about Asian cultures and histories.

SOME FINAL WORDS: My classes may shake you out of your comfort zone, but it will all be worth it! I swear! 🙂

NAME: Chelsea Rochman.

INNIS FYF SEMINAR I WILL BE TEACHING IN 2020-2021: EEB197H1S Biodiversity and the city

HOMETOWN: Tucson, Arizona.

THE LAST GREAT MOVIE I SAW WAS: Coco :)

MY ACTUAL FAVOURITE MOVIE: hmmmm… not sure.

THE SONG I HAVE ON REPEAT RIGHT NOW: CSNY, Judy Blue Eyes.

FAVOURITE FOOD: Pickles & gummy candy.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Gummy worms & other gummy candy.

I AM SURPRISINGLY VERY GOOD AT: Multi-tasking.

A FUN FACT ABOUT MYSELF: I have 2 sisters named Berrye.

MY FAVOURITE THING ABOUT TEACHING: Keeping up with the knowledge.

WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE MY CLASS: So you can see the nature behind the concrete in our city.

WHAT I WANT MY STUDENTS TO KNOW: We live in the Carolinian forest.

A COOL FACT ABOUT MY FIELD OF STUDY: There are just as many freshwater fish species as marine.

SOME FINAL WORDS: The waste hierarchy is a good rule to live by.

Good to know

Pre-requisites: none
Co-requisites: none
Exclusions: none
Recommended Preparation: none
Breadth: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)
CR/NCR: Not eligible for CR/NCR option
Restrictions: Restricted to first-year students

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