LSO319 - Young Adult Dystopias

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Subject Title
Young Adult Dystopias

Subject Description
Dystopias written for the young adult (YA) marketplace have been a popular commodity in the past few decades as millions flock to these fictional worlds, whether in the form of books, movies, television, or comic books and graphic novels. But what do YA Dystopias offer beyond visceral thrills or great storytelling? In other words, how do YA Dystopias capitalize on common trends in YA fiction while also utilizing the political intentionality of dystopias in general? In addition, what social, political, gender, and/or economic critiques do YA Dystopias offer to the audience? These are the questions that will be explored in our coverage of YA Dystopias and how these fictional worlds provide critical tools to tackle real-world socio-political issues that are applicable to everyone, regardless of age.

Credit Status
One upper-level Liberal Studies elective credit.

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

1. Define and explain key terms and critical concepts in Young Adult Dystopias to further develop critical thinking and language skills.
2. Explore Young Adult Dystopias to classify and compare different formations and sub-genres in this expansive field.
3. Assess and delve into Young Adult Dystopias that simultaneously entertain and speak to contemporary socio-political issues.
4. Evaluate Young Adult Dystopias to discuss and assess key political systems in Western culture.
5. Apprise the intersections of ‘fiction’ and ‘reality’ that make meaningful connections between literature and real-world conditions.
6. Apply stylistic and research conventions that enhance organizational and communication skills, particularly in written and/or oral assignments.

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

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

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

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

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.

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