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This subject introduces students to the utopian, dystopian, and ambivalent implications of technoscience in contemporary life. Grounded in the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies, students will study how bodies, subjectivity, life, households, work, and the environment are being transformed by technoscience. It will investigate how technoscience blurs the boundaries between humans and machines to equip students with the knowledge and skills to critically analyse historical, social, ethical, economic, and philosophical implications of past, present, and emerging technologies. Topics may include cyborgs, biotechnologies, pharmaceuticals, cyberspace, surveillance, artificial intelligence and automation, and technosolutionism.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of and draw upon science and technology studies in evaluating the relations between technoscience and humans
- Critically analyse historical, social, ethical, economic and philosophical implications of technoscience in contemporary life
- Identify, use, and appraise research material relevant to the operation of past, present, and emerging technoscience in a social context.
Last updated: 1 March 2024