Exploring Star Trek

Exploring Star Trek

Amy Sturgis boldly takes Signum where it's never gone before: into Star Trek!

DURATION: 12 weeks
ID: LITB 5311
CREDIT: 3

Disclaimer: The information on this page is provided as an overview. The course outline, readings, and assignments may be subject to change in the final syllabus as determined by the lecturer and/or preceptors.

INSTRUCTORS:

Amy H. Sturgis
Visiting Lecturer
Dr. Sara Brown
Sara Brown
Language and Literature Department Chair; M.A. Thesis Coordinator; Lecturer; Preceptor

Now in its sixth decade, the multimedia Star Trek franchise has engaged the imaginations of generations of fans. Star Trek creators have refined many of the ingredients of Star Trek storytelling over the years, including using the metaphors of science fiction to both wrestle with timeless moral dilemmas and philosophical questions and also make timely critiques of political and social problems. Other aspects of Star Trek, such as its optimistic (even utopian) vision of the future, have been complicated and revised from time to time. This course will explore how Star Trek has changed science fiction and popular culture not only through producing hit TV series, films, novels, games, and merchandise, but also by precedent-setting global fan participation in the form of fan campaigns, conventions, and transformative works (fan fiction, film, cosplay, etc.). How does each installment of the Star Trek story embody the hopes and fears of the time in which it was made? How has the imagination, innovation, and diversity displayed in Star Trek changed our reality today and kept (or perhaps failed to keep) the franchise relevant? How has Star Trek storytelling evolved, and where will it go next? These are some of the questions we will consider as we boldly go where no Signum University class has gone before.

Special Note: New York Times bestselling author Una McCormack will be a special guest for one meeting of this class at 1:00 pm ET on Saturday, June 19, 2021. McCormack is the author of multiple Star Trek works, including Star Trek Discovery: The Way to the Stars (2019), Star Trek Picard: The Last Best Hope (2020), and The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway (2020), as well as the following Star Trek Deep Space Nine novels: Prophecy and Change (2003), Worlds of Star Trek Deep Space Nine Volume 1: Cardassia (2004), Hollow Men (2005), The Never-Ending Sacrifice (2009), Typhon Pact: Brinksmanship (2012), The Fall: Crimson Shadow (2013), The Missing (2014), and Enigma Tales (2017).

Course Schedule

Weekly schedule coming soon. There will be two 90-minute lectures and one 1-hour weekly discussion session per week.

Required Texts

List of required reading and viewing coming soon.

Course History

This course has been offered in the following semesters.

Exploring Star Trek
SemesterPreceptor(s)
Summer 2021Dr. Sara Brown