DIG Dystopian Storytelling: ScienceDesign & SocietyFiction 

Rubrik: Gesellschaft, Politik, Soziales
Keywords: Analysis, Dramaturgy, Storytelling, Visualization, Design, Sound of Dystopian Societies in Science Fiction Movies

This course will give an introduction and an overview of the storytelling, dramaturgy, and design of dystopian science fiction movies. Science fiction movies especially those with dystopian elements have more to offer than just a great story. They need a specific way of design. On several examples, we will analyze the story, the form of control, the social system, art, culture, and entertainment, but also the way how the protagonists in the movie communicate, travel or the way they dress, they love, they fight.
Nummer und TypBDE-BDE-T-WP-2011.01.22F.001 / Moduldurchführung
ModulWahlpflichtmodul Theorie 2. Semester 
VeranstalterDepartement Design
LeitungDr. Harald Kraemer
ZeitMo 28. Februar 2022 bis Mo 30. Mai 2022 / 13–15 Uhr
Anzahl Teilnehmende6 - 16
ECTS2 Credits
VoraussetzungenFür DDE-Bachelor-Studierende:
LehrformOnline Seminar via Zoom or Skype
ZielgruppenCompulsory elective subject (Wahlpflichtseminar) for students of the Bachelor Design, 2 Semester
Lernziele / Kompetenzen1. Overview of the primary narrative and design elements of a broad range of dystopian science fiction movies
2. Training the skills for critical film analysis by comparing two movies
3. Training your English talking skills by giving a presentation
4. Training your English writing skills by writing a seminar paper
5. Discuss dystopian role models and forms of manipulations to understand future perspectives of our society
6. Learn to understand that dystopia is not a fiction and that we should be aware of it.
InhalteWhat are the characteristics of a dystopian society? Typical dystopian Science Fiction topics are: Overpopulation, totalitarian or dictatorial state, world government by global conglomerate of leading companies, social classes, eugenics, state religion, repressive social control, continuous supervision and monitoring, but also permanent entertainment, 24/7 shopping and consuming as well as pandemia, catastrophies and any kind of extraterrestrial threat. By analyzing exemplary movies we will compare the structure, content, messages, design as well as the ways of manipulation and control.
Bibliographie / LiteraturYou will get a list of the movies in the first lesson.

To read at all costs, as this is not science fiction, but concerns us all:
David Wallace-Wells: The Uninhabitable Earth / Die unbewohnbare Erde. Leben nach der Erderwärmung, 2019.

About film analysis:
Bert CARDULLO: Film analysis. A casebook, Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015. (MIZ HQ 39334)
John A. BATEMAN and Karl-Heinrich SCHMIDT: Multimodal Film Analysis, New York: Routledge, 2012. (MIZ HQ 34209)
Alice BIENK: Filmsprache. Einführung in die interaktive Filmanalyse. 2. Aufl., Marburg: Schüren, 2008.
Lothar MIKOS: Film- und Fernsehanalyse. 2. Aufl., Konstanz: UVK, 2008.
Thomas KOEBNER (Hg.): Filmgenres: Science Fiction, Stuttgart: Reclam, 2007.

About Science Fiction film:
Denis GIFFORD: Science Fiction film, London: Studio Vista, 1971 (Zentralbibliothek ZH NABM 71:1969)
J.P. TELOTTE: Science Fiction Film, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001. (Zentralbibliothek ZH GQ 36935)
Roz KAVENEY: From Alien to the Matrix: Reading Science Fiction Film, London: I.B. Tauris, 2005. (Zentralbibliothek ZH GQ 42971)
Claus M. WOLFSCHLAG: Traumstadt und Armageddon: Zukunftsvision und Weltuntergang im Science Fiction Film, Graz: Ares Verlag, 2007. (Zentralbibliothek ZH HQ 4983)
Leistungsnachweis / TestatanforderungActive and regular attendance (min. 80%), Interest for Science Fiction and narratives. Eagerness in debating the texts. Continuous participation and assistance. Critical analysis of two movies. Presentation (20-30 Min.), infographic and seminar paper (8.000 characters incl. spaces).
TermineEvery Monday from 28 February until 30 May 2022
No classes on
18/25 April 2022
DauerMondays 13:00 - 15:00
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