Courses & Units

Beyond Human - Exploring Science and the Humanities XBR210

Hobart

Note:

Start date: 20 June ; finish date Friday, 8 July 2016

Introduction

 This unit draws on popular culture texts – such as anime and film – and related discourses from the sciences and the ethico/legal field to investigate and question the fundamentals of being human. Ideas from multiple disciplines - humanities, health science and law – will be considered to make sense of the increasingly complex "tangle of factual, moral and epistemic issues" of what it means to be a human being in the face of "bionic" and other technological advances. Consideration will also be given to other "alternate" forms of humanity.
After an introductory learning experience, the unit is divided into four modules: mutants, cyborgs, designing out disease and narrating difference. A number of common themes such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity and race will be common to each module. As the module names suggest, emphasis will be given to popular culture representations that incorporate a technological dimension with a view to encouraging unit participants to consider the point at which the "human" becomes the "technological" or the "non-human," or indeed if such a point exists. Other human/non-human borders will also be considered.
While acknowledging the distinctions between disciplines, the unit will encourage students to consider the benefits of a interdisciplinary approach when addressing "complex problems, phenomena and concepts that resist understanding."

Summary

Unit name Beyond Human - Exploring Science and the Humanities
Unit code XBR210
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School DVC Students & Education
Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching (TILT)
Discipline Arts|Pharmacy|Health Sciences A|Global Cultures and Languages|Law
Coordinator

 Barbara Hartley

Teaching staff

Unit Coordinator, Barbara Hartley; Teaching Staff from Humanities, Tasmanian College of the Arts, Health Science, Pharmacy, Law

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? Yes

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart 5 Week Session Feb A Off-Campus International Domestic
Hobart Intensive Session Jun Off-Campus International Domestic

Key

On-campus
Off-Campus
International students
Domestic students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
5 Week Session Feb A 29/1/2018 4/2/2018 13/2/2018 25/2/2018
Intensive Session Jun 25/6/2018 29/6/2018 5/7/2018 15/7/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Fees

Domestic

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Requisites

Prerequisites

25 points at introductory level from any discipline in any faculty

Teaching

Assessment

Concept definition, 20%; Visual Scenario (Popular Culture Text Analysis) 40%; Ethical Dilemma Analysis, 40%.

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Textbooks

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