EAC505 - Fantasy Literature

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Subject Title
Fantasy Literature

Subject Description
What is reality? What is and is not possible? Stories involving imaginary and fantastic elements, such as magic, imaginary places and impossible, unknown or supernatural creatures, are among the oldest known stories, which persist to this day. This fantasy literature course may explore topics related to: heroic quests, struggles between good and evil, alternate fantasy settings, the existence of other worlds within our own, alternate states of being or reality, fantastic objects, fairy tales, animal fantasy/fantastic creatures, urban fantasy, etc. Fantasy will also be analyzed as allegory for human experience, social and/or political issues, and/or psychological experiences.

Credit Status
One General Education elective credit in the Arts and Humanities category.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • Analyse readings through the literary elements (motifs, conventions and themes, subgenres) that typically shape fantasy literature
  • Examine fantasy literature as symbol, metaphor, and allegory for varieties of human experience
  • Explore how fantasy engages our perspectives on reality, regarding what is considered possible and impossible
  • Produce a variety of written assignments that demonstrate close reading of fantasy literature, supported by textual evidence
  • Document primary and secondary sources, using the most current MLA format

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Academic Integrity
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Please visit the Academic Integrity website http://open2.senecac.on.ca/sites/academic-integrity/for-students to understand and learn more about how to prepare and submit work so that it supports academic integrity, and to avoid academic misconduct.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Accessibility Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.