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."
|Unit name||Beyond Human - Exploring Science and the Humanities|
|Faculty/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
|Discipline||Global Cultures and Languages|
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||5 Week Session Feb A||Off-Campus||International||Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
|5 Week Session Feb A||28/1/2020||3/2/2020||12/2/2020||23/2/2020|
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|Band||CSP Student Contribution||Full Fee Paying (domestic)||Field of Education|
|1||2020: $835.00||2020: $2,108.00||090399|
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25 points at introductory level from any discipline in any faculty
Concept definition, 20%; Visual Scenario (Popular Culture Text Analysis) 40%; Ethical Dilemma Analysis, 40%.
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