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CT8728B Futurism and Theology: key issues

  • Unit Code & NameCT8728B Futurism and Theology: key issues
  • DescriptionThis unit introduces students to the specific issues related to current scientific and technological developments, explores their impact upon different spheres of life and engages with major ethical and theological responses. Students will employ the Four Voices model of Theological Action Research developed by Helen Cameron to addresses a variety of questions related to Artificial Intelligence, robotics, biotech, space exploration, human enhancement, Big Data, surveillance, life extension and beyond. Students will explore these issues through interdisciplinary theological reflection, primarily drawing on the frameworks of consequentialist and virtue ethics.
  • FieldC - Christian Thought and History
  • DisciplineCT - Theology
  • Unit Points24
  • LevelPostgraduate Foundational
  • Semester2, 2020
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • Lecturer(s) Reverend Associate Professor Glen O'Brien | Reverend Dr Arseny Ermakov
  • AssessmentsOne 1,000 word report of interaction with AI experiences - 20%
    One 2,000 word Presenation - 30%
    One 3,000 word Essay - 50%
  • Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
    1. Describe trends, possibilities, and utilisation of developing technologies
    2. Assess different theological and ethical responses to emerging technologies
    3. Apply critical skills for theological reflection
    4. Critically engage with a variety of literature and technologies
    5. Develop critical theological responses to some current and emerging technological advances