The Coming Apocalypse
01:358:205 (4 credits)
Core: CCO, AHp
Professor Richard Miller, English
It's boom time for the End Times.
Millennialists state with confidence that the world's final hour is approaching: the signs are everywhere, for those who know how to see them. Scientists warn that our planet is warming dangerously: in your lifetime, you will see oceans rise; hurricanes and tornados of unprecedented intensity will become the norm; earthquakes, tsunamis, floods will sweep the earth. For those unmoved by such threats, there are other apocalypses from which to choose: a global plague set off either by super viruses or bio-terrorism; population explosion followed by famine and a primeval struggle for basic resources; a dirty bomb; global economic collapse; colonization by extraterrestrials; the earth's collision with a massive comet; the spread of zombies.
Every ending also heralds a new beginning, though; every apocalypse gives way to a post-apocalypse. In this large format discussion-driven course, we will spend the semester learning about how narrative works. By focusing on a range of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic novels, short stories, movies, and television shows, this course aims to provide students with the opportunity to consider the significance of the human predilection for telling stories about the end of humanity.
Students from all schools and disciplines are welcome to sign up for this course. The course carries credit toward the major and minor in English. The Coming Apocalypse can be used to meet the SAS Core Curriculum goals in Contemporary Challenges [CCO] and Arts and Humanities [AHp].