Full course description
Literary studies and STEM are considered to be different star systems, when in fact they are complementary and intertwined. In higher education the misconception becomes ingrained, and students in one sphere only briefly glimpse the other in a solitary gen ed course required for graduation. FIU’s Science & Fiction Lab has launched an ambitious program to unify the cosmic view. The Lab aims to propagate humanistic material and methods across the undergraduate curriculum by creating, storing, and disseminating “plug-and-play,” portable course content (PCC). PCC is a ready-to-go cluster of lessons that can be interpolated into pre-existing courses in any discipline. The subject matter of the Lab’s PCC derives from the myriad connections between science and fiction. Bundled in adaptable, self-contained units, these intersections of science and fiction form a starship that conveys humanities throughout the curriculum, transforming the undergraduate classroom experience.