About the Course

Alternate Realities: Fictional Worlds & Real World Change

  • Grades 7-10
  • CTY-Level
  • Problem-Based

Does watching Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse shift our views on representation and systemic racism in the United States? Can playing the video game Papers, Please increase our empathy for immigrants seeking better lives as well as the officials tasked with preserving national security at the border? Is the Young Adult graphic novel Nimona capable of influencing our ideas about gender identity and sexuality?

Explore how diverse fictional worlds can inspire real world change, and consider which media are best suited to particular audiences. You’ll work with your peers to tackle a pressing social or environmental concern by creating a compelling narrative project, such as a role-playing game, online comic, podcast, or short film, to help your target audience imagine solutions to problems that too often seem like immutable features of our society and world.

Time commitment: 5-7 hours per week

Important Dates
Registration for Winter Session Closes

Classes


Register for an Online Problem-Based course by selecting an open class below. If no open classes are listed, then course enrollment is currently closed. Note: You will need to have an active CTY Account to complete registration through MyCTY.
Synchronous class meetings typically last about an hour.

Winter

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11 weeks
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. (ET)
$1,500

Spring

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11 weeks
Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. (ET)
$1,500

Testing and Prerequisites

  Math Verbal
Required Level CTY-Level or CTY-Level
Check your eligibility using existing test scores If you do not have existing test scores:

Students must achieve qualifying scores on an advanced assessment to be eligible for CTY programs. If you don’t have qualifying scores, you have several different testing options. We’ll help you find the right option for your situation.

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Cost and Financial Aid

  • Tuition
    • Varies
  • Application fee
    • Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
    • Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available

We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.

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Course Materials

Please acquire all course materials by the course start date. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact ctyinfo@jhu.edu.
 

Students will be notified by email of any required course materials 2-3 weeks prior to the course start date.

Technical Requirements

This course requires a computer with high-speed Internet access and an up-to-date web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses a virtual classroom for instructor-student communication. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client, and on tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Recorded meetings can only be viewed on a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both free to download.

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