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In this subject students will study a variety of contemporary and future technologies, and will examine the implications of these technologies for society, and for daily life. Topics covered include techno-utopian and dystopian visions; ethics and biomedical technologies; cybernetics, cyberspace, cyborgs and other 'cybers'; social networking systems; artificial intelligence; technology and crime; virtual reality; technology and the economy; privacy and surveillance; and technology and contemporary media. Students will participate in the theoretical work, supported by many examples and 'hands-on' experience. Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to critically analyse and evaluate controversial issues relating to technology in the social context, and argue credible positions in relation to these controversies.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject will:
- identify and draw upon the major theoretical and philosophical discourses through which the relationship between contemporary technologies and society might be understood;
- critically analyse and evaluate controversial issues relating to contemporary technologies in a social context, and argue credible positions, based on evidence in relation to these controversies;
- form sound judgements based on a critical evaluation of conflicting arguments;
- develop skills in both writen and oral communication;
- develop the ability to communicate and collaborate constructively in a group context;
- demonstrate ethical integrity in learning activities, including ethical engagement with issues related to technology and contemporary life.
Last updated: 1 March 2024