Class information

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Institution University of Michigan
Code N/A
Language English
Next session To be announced
Estimated workload 8-12 hours/week
Level N/A
Categories Humanities
Instructors Eric Rabkin


Start date Duration
Past Oct. 5, 2015 11 weeks
Past June 1, 2015 11 weeks
Past Feb. 2, 2015 11 weeks
Past Oct. 6, 2014 11 weeks
Past June 2, 2014 11 weeks
Past Feb. 3, 2014 11 weeks
Past Oct. 7, 2013 11 weeks
Past June 3, 2013 11 weeks
Past Jan. 22, 2013 11 weeks
Past July 23, 2012 14 weeks

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Fantasy is a key term both in psychology and in the art and artifice of humanity. The things we make, including our stories, reflect, serve, and often shape our needs and desires. We see this everywhere from fairy tale to kiddie lit to myth; from "Cinderella" to Alice in Wonderland to Superman; from building a fort as a child to building ideal, planned cities as whole societies. Fantasy in ways both entertaining and practical serves our persistent needs and desires and illuminates the human mind. Fantasy expresses itself in many ways, from the comfort we feel in the godlike powers ...

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There are no prerequisites for this course.  However, the course will be conducted at the level expected of advanced undergraduate students.  Therefore, for all participants, reading comfortably in English at the undergraduate college level is desirable.  For those also participating in the writing and written responses, which is recommended, some ...


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  • Written 3 years, 8 months ago
    Materials: Excellent
    Difficulty: Intermediate
    Successfully Completed (with Certificate)
    Overall a great and demanding course, which forces you to read a fair amount of stimulating science fiction novels. If you finish it, it will help you in becoming a better writer. Professor Rabkin is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic lecturer who does an admirable job as guide to the relevant literature.

    However, the peer review process for grading the weekly essays on the reading material still has some growing pains and issues with consistency.

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