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CT9749B - Humanity 3.0: Theological Responses to Trans-, Post- and Antihumanism

  • Unit Code & NameCT9149B Humanity 3.0: Theological Responses to Trans-, Post- and Antihumanism
  • Description

    This unit in theological anthropology explores possible responses to transhumanism, antihumanism and posthumanism, each of which poses challenges for Christian understandings of the human person. It will critically explore classical philosophical and theological discussions on the nature of the 'soul' and the mind/body distinction and revisit them in the face of rapidly developing human enhancement technology, the increased capacities of artificial intelligence, and the use of technology to enhance and prolong human life.

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  • DisciplineDelivery ID: 46003
  • LevelPostgraduate Elective
  • Semester4. Semester 2, 2022
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • Date

    25 July to 28 October 2022

    Four x 90-minute Interdisciplinary Workshops held via Zoom from 7pm on Tuesday evenings:

    • 9 August 2022
    • 6 September 2022
    • 4 October 2022
    • 25 October 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

    Postgraduate: prerequisite unit - 800 level unit in Theology. May be completed as part of a suite of units in Futurism including CT8128B Futurism and Theology and CT9139B Imagined Futures in Popular Culture.

  • Learning Activities

    Engagement with the writings of both classical and contemporary theologians, set alongside scholarly literature on human enhancement technology, utilising online pedagogy and engagement with a range of guest specialists.

    Look around the meta unit in week 0 and become familiar with its contents.

    Engage with all learning activities (readings, videos, podcasts, etc.) posted on Ark. Attend all four Zoom workshops and participate fully in discussion including giving a student presentation. If absent from any Zoom session for any legitimate reason, the student will undertake to watch the recording of the meeting. 

    *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 2,500 word Review of article - 20%

    1 x 3,000 word Essay - 50%

    1 x 2,000 word Class presentation - 30%

  • Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

    1.  Analyse the manner in which long-standing questions in theological anthropology are given new salience in the face of developing human enhancement technology.

    2.  Critically explore and articulate a range of ideas about human nature both within and beyond the Christian tradition.

    3.  Provide a well-developed theological response to the claims of Transhumanism, Posthumanism and Antihumanism.

    4.  Respond theologically to the ethical questions raised by the extension of human capacity and of the human life span.