SES289 - Zombie Apocalypse

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Subject Title
Zombie Apocalypse

Subject Description
The purpose of this course is to examine the various configurations-literary and visual-in which the zombie figure appears.  As an emblem of human social ills and evils, zombies are ripe for moral, religious, philosophical, sexual, or social investigation, permitting circumspection of the human that is unavailable to other horror characters.  In our exploration, we will look at how the perennial fascination with zombies is closely linked to our ability to sympathize with them, not simply because they appear unsettlingly human, but also because they are reflections of what society may become if certain changes do not take place, ushering in an apocalypse.  Short stories, films, and The Walking Dead TV series will be our primary sources of critical examination.

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:

  1. Define what a zombie is and what they represent
  2. Relate and evaluate the influence of zombies on art, science, technology, and literature
  3. Identify key characteristics of zombie paraphernalia and forms, including genres
  4. Interpret stories, movies, and TV episodes in light of their historical, aesthetic, and experiential contexts

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.

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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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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