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CT2128B Futurism and Theology: key issues

  • Unit Code & NameCT2128B Futurism and Theology: key issues
  • Description

    This 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 address 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.

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  • DisciplineDelivery ID: 46005
  • LevelUndergraduate Level 2
  • Semester2. Semester 1, 2022
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • Date

    21 February to 27 May 2022

    You will need to attend four x 90 minute interdisciplinary workshops held via Zoom from 7.00 pm on Tuesday evenings:

    • 8 March 2022
    • 5 April 2022
    • 10 May 2022
    • 24 May 2022

    We recommend that you allocate 9 hours a week for all study activities.

  • Lecturer(s) Reverend Associate Professor Glen O'Brien | Reverend Dr Arseny Ermakov
  • Prerequisites

    Introduction to theology

  • Learning Activities

    Engagement with AI and emergent technologies, interdisciplinary workshops, application of pastoral cycle of theological reflection, primarily (though not exclusively) within a consequentialist and virtue ethics framework.

    *This unit is offered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Students may engage with people across both levels when this unit is delivered.

  • Assessments

    1 x 1,000 word report on interaction with AI experiences - 20%

    1 x 1,500 word Presentation - 30%

    1 x 2,000 word Essay - 50%

  • Learning Outcomes

    Upon 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.  Develop critical skills for theological reflection

    4.  Critically engage with a variety of literature and technologies

    5.  Respond theologically to current and emerging technological advances