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DR2577: GOD, SEX AND DEATH IN OUR TECHNOLOGICAL AGE (2019-2020)

Last modified: 25 Sep 2019 09:58


Course Overview

We live in a world that our ancestors could scarcely have imagined, with the progress of science and technology opening to us the workings of the universe and new ways to live within it as human beings. Rapid technological advancements in computing, robotics, materials, genetics, biological engineering other technical fields hold immense promise for the augmentation and transformation of our humanity, but they pose deeply disorienting questions about just what it means—and what it will mean in the future—to be a human being at all. Can any of the ways of thinking about human being and significance that were held in the past be sustained today, or in the future? The intertwining of three themes of fundamental existential importance—God, sex and death—offer a path of inquiry into these questions and issues.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Grant Macaskill

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

We live in a world that our ancestors could scarcely have imagined, with the progress of science and technology opening to us the workings of the universe and new ways to live within it as human beings. Rapid technological advancements in computing, robotics, materials, genetics, biological engineering other technical fields hold immense promise for the augmentation and transformation of our humanity, but they pose deeply disorienting questions about just what it means—and what it will mean in the future—to be a human being at all. Can any of the ways of thinking about human being and significance that were held in the past be sustained today, or in the future? Are the issues less straightforward than those who have grown up in the modern West or the Global North might assume? Can they be explored simply through scientific analysis, or do we require other, more imaginative ways of reflecting on them? The pace of change and the diversity of human experience ensure there is no one story to be told here: but our preoccupations with life at its extremes—its origins and ends, its most intimate and intense, and in relation to questions of ultimate reality and meaning—invite open- ended questioning of what we are making of ourselves, or indeed, what is being made of us, in our technological age.

This course invites students to engage in wide-ranging explorations of who we are now and where we are going by a series of interdisciplinary explorations of the human condition in our technological present and future. The intertwining of three themes of fundamental existential importance—God, sex and death—offer a path of inquiry into these questions and issues.


Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 25 - 35
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 35

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Summative Assessments

Reflective Report

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Project Plan, Summary or Abstract

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
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Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
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Formative Assessment

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Resit Assessments

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