Extra-Terrestrial Cultures: Imagining Outer Space and its Alien Inhabitants (Q3242)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Can we can better comprehend and think critically about our situation in the world by studying what we’ve imagined beyond it?

In this module, you’ll study representations of the cosmos and its inhabitants. We examine these from multi-disciplinary perspectives and across historical eras.

This will include:

  • visual art
  • science-fiction in film and literature
  • archaeoastronomy and early modern cosmology
  • linguistics
  • history
  • speculative architecture
  • black studies.

We’ll also consider the changing representations of space before and after the Cold War space race.


100%: Practical (Workshop)


100%: Practical (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 250 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 217 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: