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Glad to have you with us for HUMA 1905: The Science Fiction
This course will introduce you to the world of science fiction
(unless you're already a fan...but even then you'll still learn a lot).
You'll probably discover things about it you never expected; for example,
it's not always about spaceships and robots, and aliens that want to eat
people for some reason (they probably wouldn't be able to digest us anyway).
Science fiction explores themes of technological change, gender identity,
social problems and their possible solutions, and what it means to be human.
It's a genre of thought experiments: what if...? You'll also encounter
, who will teach you how to use semi-colons, and the difference between
"who" and "whom," among other things. His aim is to help you improve your
writing so that you'll get higher grades and have a better chance of pursuing
There are two course directors--J. Keeping and Allan Weiss--and
two teaching assistants. Check the course outline
for the day, the time, and the room number of your tutorial. One of us
will be your tutorial leader, and your leader is your main source for information
about the course, such as how he or she will grade your participation.
I say this at the beginning of every course every year; people
seldom pay attention, but I feel better knowing that I've tried:
if you encounter any problems that could in any way
interfere with your ability to do well in the course, come and talk to
us before they start to interfere!
That's what we're here for. That's why we hold office hours. We want
If you're still trying to get into the course, DO NOT
ask for our assistance. We can't do anything, at least at this stage.
You'll just have to keep trying. You're welcome to keep attending lectures
on the off-chance that you'll get in, but there are no guarantees. People
always switch in and out of courses, and a space might open up, so keep
going into the on-line enrolment system. Good luck! Also, if you've incurred
a conflict between your tutorial in this course and another course, don't
expect us to help or let you switch tutorials. If you need to switch tutorials,
you'll have to do it through the on-line system.
Looking forward to meeting all of you!
On behalf of the HUMA 1905 Teaching Team