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ENL2007 Speculative Fictions / Science Fiction

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Speculative Fictions/Sci Fi
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Humanities & Communication
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 091523 - Literature
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Daniel Hourigan

Other requisites

Students ought to have successfully completed ENL1000 and ENL1001 before undertaking this course as it advances from the skills taught in these courses.


The study of literature is uniquely well-suited to address the future defining narratives of science fiction and the contemporary iteration of its fantastical visions: speculative fiction. This course is designed to appeal to students interested in the study of literature and society, introduce students to some of the most innovative literary treatments of social, moral, and political issues, and connect students to the influential field of contemporary literature through the possibility of online publication of their literary criticism produced in concert with students enrolled in creative writing and editing and publishing. This course has been designed in consultation with the creative writing and editing and publishing staff. The course broadly aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain publishing experience in the form of a traditional output, thereby adding value to their successful completion of the course that will be recognised by future employers.


This course examines a range of popular cultural and critical texts in the fields of science fiction, speculative fiction and the study of contemporary literature. Students will have the unique opportunity to examine visions of the far future and the uncanny present produced by some of the most imaginative writers and fantasists of the past century. There will also be an opportunity for student papers to be published in a peer-reviewed undergraduate journal facilitated by English Literature and Creative Writing staff and students. Students will be encouraged to develop their skills in close reading, comparative analysis and critique. The course will enable students to become engaged readers of narratives of the future and the present.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. entertain an advanced academic and professional literacy, recognising narrative forms and genres;
  2. comprehend and critically interpret historical and theoretical concepts;
  3. apply narrative forms, theory and concepts to interpret and examine literature and culture in both oral and written form;
  4. apply ethical research and enquiry skills by adhering to principles of academic integrity;
  5. utilise creative skills and processes in developing innovative approaches to identified critical issues
  6. engage in reflective practice by developing the final essay directly based on feedback from earlier assessment, which incorporates the rigours of professional publication practice.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Futures past 20.00
2. New worlds 25.00
3. The weird 25.00
4. Speculative fictions 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Bacigalupi, P 2009, The windup girl, Little Brown Book Group, London.
Ellison, H (ed) 2013, Dangerous visions, Gollancz, London.
Latham, Rob 2017, Science fiction criticism : an anthology of essential writings, Bloomsbury Academic, London.
Shelley, M 2012, Frankenstein: a Norton critical edition, WW Norton & Company, London.
Sulway, N 2013, Rupetta, Tartarus Press, York.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Benson, S (ed) 2008, Contemporary fiction and the fairy tale, Wayne State University Press, Detroit.
Bould, M & Miéville, C (eds) 2009, Red planets: Marxism and science fictions, Pluto Press, England.
Gibson, W 1995, Burning chrome, Harper Voyager, London.
Hopkinson, N 2001, Skin folk, Warner Aspect, USA.
Miéville, C 2006, Looking for Jake and other stories, Pan Macmillan, London.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 39.00
Independent Study 126.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
MINUTE PAPER ONE 100 20 01 Apr 2021
MINUTE PAPER TWO 100 20 06 May 2021
MINUTE PAPER THREE 100 20 20 May 2021
LITERARY CRITICISM 100 40 03 Jun 2021 (see note 1)

  1. The call for submissions topic and further information for this item will be available via UConnect when the official decision has been made by the editorial board after the census date for the semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    On-campus Attendance requirements: It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    Online Attendance Requirements: There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students’ responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

    Students must attend and complete the requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety training program for this course where required.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement 4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive a passing grade in this course.)

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination for this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at .

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in the ENL1000 and ENL1001 courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 18 June 2021