Science and Psychology of Worldbuilding

Summer 2020 First Session
Olympia
Day
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 30
8 Credits per quarter
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If you are writing a story set in a fantasy or science-fiction setting, this class is for you! Learn world-building from the principles of basic planetary science and social psychology that not only affect the landforms and vegetation of a world, but also what sorts of societies might be found there. What building blocks will a planet (or its inhabitants) be composed of- and how will those building blocks be shaped by natural forces? What natural principles govern where resources will be found and where creatures will live? What is "normal" behavior in a world, and who decides? What is the social influence on group vs. individual behavior? We will explore the way attitudes are formed, as well as methods of persuasion, conformity, and obedience. We will discuss the nature of a range of social behaviors from altruism to prejudice. Principles will not necessarily be limited to earth-like planets or human societies. Using your understanding of scientific law and social cognition, as well as a vivid imagination, you will create an annotated atlas and societal analysis of your fictional world.

Registration

Summer 2020 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

First Session (8): 40055

Academic details

Preparatory For

science fiction writing

Credits
8
Maximum Enrollment
30
Class Standing
Freshman
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Senior

Schedule

Time Offered
Day
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First Meeting

Remote/Online
Location
Olympia