TAS220 Science Fiction as Political and Social Metaphor

Teacher responsible:

Professor Patrick Vaughan

Brief course description:

The courses are envisaged to enhance the students' sense of responsibility and importance of cultural values and human dignity on different levels, including their significance in the field of humanities. 


Students will acquire extensive knowledge of the nature and significance of the art, (f. e. cinema, theatre, visual arts) studies as well as its characteristics and methodological aspects. In particular, the courses focus on the differences between various American and European cultural and art strategies, both from historical and contemporary perspectives. Interpretation of the messages conveyed in analyzed works will boost students' creative thinking, which may turn out helpful in their future careers.


Totalitarian Politics

Politics of Fear

The Cortez Effect

Military-Industrial Complex

Labour and Robotic Automation

The Misunderstood Alien



Cold War Politics

Bio-Genetic Engineering

Artificial Intelligence

Reading list:

Yevgeny Zamyatin, We

Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Player Piano

Pierre Boulle, Monkey Planet

Phillip K. Dick, The Minority Report

Phillip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

William Gibson, Neuromancer

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

Carl Sagan, Contact

Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake




The Day the Earth Stood Still

The Forbidden Planet

The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street

2001: A Space Odyssey

Star Trek: [Original Series] Mirror, Mirror

Planet of the Apes



Man Facing Southeast

Blade Runner

Star Trek Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds [Parts I and II]

Star Trek Next Generation: The Neutral Zone
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