Summer Session 2013: Media Studies Class Explores Intersection of Sci-Fi and …

During four jam-packed weeks this summer, University of Virginia students enrolled in a three-credit course watched movies starring monsters, creatures from outer space, vampires and robots.

Taught by Robert Kolker, adjunct professor and instructor in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program in U.Va.’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, “Special Topics in Film: Science Fiction and Horror Film” explored how two of the most exciting and imaginative – albeit not always critically acclaimed – film genres frequently cross and merge at crucial points in the visual narrative experience.

Fifteen students, mostly first-years with potential majors ranging from history to engineering, watched and analyzed classic films in the over-the-edge genres of science fiction and horror. The course consisted of screenings, readings, lectures, discussions, papers and a final exam.

Kolker placed each film in context by connecting the dots

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