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CT8128B Futurism and Theology: key issues

  • Unit Code & NameCT8128B 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 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.

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  • DisciplineDelivery ID: 46004
  • LevelPostgraduate Foundational
  • 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 12 hours a week for all study activities.

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

    Postgraduate: it is the first in a sequence of three units in the area of Futurism and 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 of interaction with AI experiences - 20%

    1 x 2,000 word Presentation - 30%

    1 x 3,000 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 technologie.

    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.