The World As It Could Be: Speculative Fiction Around the World (ORIAS Summer Institute 2023)

2 Units
UC Berkeley
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for ORIAS Participants Only

The World As It Could Be will introduce students to sub-genres and themes in speculative fiction from 5 different world regions (Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Latin America, and Russia/Eastern Europe). Students will read and discuss stories from each region and learn from guest experts, writer, and translators. Each student will produce a classroom reading/teaching guide for teachers focused on an in-depth look at one of the stories from the course. The ORIAS Summer Teacher Institute is offered annually by a consortium of six National Resource Centers in International and Area Studies on the Berkeley campus and coordinated through their joint outreach office, Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS). Each year, the program focuses on a new theme. The summer program takes place over 3 days (25 contact hours) during one week.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers in literature, history, social sciences, and science, as well as school librarians and curriculum specialists.


Credited participants should be in-service educators in K-12 schools and districts. Pre-service teachers are also eligible.

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What You Will Learn

  • Identify and discuss sub-genres and themes in speculative fiction
  • Explain regional differences in different speculative fiction traditions
  • Employ world-building/story-writing exercises in class to help students engage with complex modern issues
  • Integrate specific speculative fiction stories into their own teaching
  • Locate and interpret additional story resources for use in their own classes


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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