College Of Arts And Sciences | Star Trek and Religion
E103 | 0045 | Weaver


We will examine some of the ways religion appears in the Star Trek
Cluster (Original Series, Next Generation, and Voyager specifically).
The action of this science-fiction series is set in the future, but
the ideas come from past and present debates, many of them about
religion (its meaning, its place, its value).  We will explore two
related areas of religious thinking in Trek.  First, we will read
critics who hope for the demise of religion, then explore those who
think religion can be re-imagined in mystical or cosmic terms.

Course Design: two 70-minute classes/week.  The first day of each week
is dedicated to understanding the readings and ideas of the week, the
second day of each week we will watch an episode and related clips
from other episodes AND take a reading quiz that relates the assigned
reading to those episodes.  Grades will be based on attendance, weekly
quizzes (your top 10 scores), tutorial participation (when necessary)
and a short term paper (6-8 pages).  The course is both "fun" and
rigorous:  the fun part is watching TV, the rigorous part is the
READER and quizzes.