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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Science fiction is often denigrated as ‘unliterary’, but at its best is an extremely powerful engagement with real, often troubling issues, from theology to ecology and beyond. Taking five outstanding works by Asimov, Herbert, Le Guin, Butler, and Morgan, from the 1940s to the 2000s, this course looks at what SF can do in skilled hands, and is suitable both for those new to the genre and its fans. 


Fees and bursaries

The course fee includes tuition, tea, coffee and lunch and travel on excursions (but not entrance fees to properties visited).

VAT does not apply to course fees and there is no service charge (gratuities to domestic staff are left to your discretion).

You may cancel a course booking at any time. After the 14 day cancellation period has expired, the standard ICE course cancellation policy will apply. Please view our refund and cancellation policy for further details.

Cambridge University Press Bursaries for teachers

The Cambridge University Press (CUP) Bursary Fund offers a bursary of 50% of the course fee to applicants who teach in a UK state school or state-funded further education institution, applying to study a day school, weekend course or online course.

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Course dates

25 Apr 2019 to 23 May 2019

Course duration

5 weeks

Apply by

17 Apr 2019

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge
The Lightfoot Room
United Kingdom

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