Sandworms, Spice, and Crysknives: Dune Revisited in Print and Film

Cinema |Literature

Course Description

The epic science fiction novel Dune by Frank Herbert, first published in 1965, has come back to prominence due to the recent films by Denis Villeneuve. It tells a rich and complex story of a young boy who is destined to become a hero in a world torn apart by the rise and fall of empires. The novel looks at the relationship of humankind to nature, and the questions of fate and free will, tradition versus technology, and the treachery of politics. 

How have the novel and its themes stood the test of time? What questions does Dune raise that we continue to struggle with? How prescient was the book for its time? How have the book and the films brought the themes of religion, ecology, and politics to the foreground? What are some of the innate challenges involved in bringing a sprawling story such as Dune to film? Participants will be asked to read the novel and watch both Part 1 and 2 of the film.

Books to Purchase (will be available at Argo Bookshop during the weeks prior to the course beginning):

  • Dune, Frank Herbert

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 14 students and that TMI does not allow participants to audit courses for free. 

Course Details

Location: Zoom

First Session: Thursday, March 14th, 2024

Course Length: 6 weeks, Thursdays, 6:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Discussion Team: Greg Peace   

Degree Credit: 1.5 credits

Course Fee: 

$120.00 (standard tuition)
$80.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$145.00 (standard tuition)
$105.00 (promotion for new students)

Course fees are refundable in full before the first session. After the first session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the second session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

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