Unit Code & NameCT9739B Imagined Futures in Popular Culture
DescriptionThis unit explores anticipated futures that are found in popular culture with the intention of providing a critical theological response to developing technologies and their likely impact on humanity and on human societies. Artificial intelligence, human enhancement technology, advanced surveillance techniques, and space exploration, have all given rise to both utopian and dystopian visions of the future. Students will explore science fiction novels, film and television, comic books, and gaming, among other cultural expressions, and reflect theologically on their function in the making of meaning, using interdisciplinary theological reflection.
PrerequisitesPostgraduate: 900 level elective unit
Learning ActivitiesEngagement with popular culture depictions of possible futures, including in film, television, fiction, and gaming, set alongside scholarly literature on futurism, utilising online pedagogy and engagement with a range of guest specialists.
*This unit is offered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Students may engage with people across both levels when this unit is delivered.
Assessments1 X Film or book review 2,500 words - 20%
1 x Essay 3,000 words - 50%
1 x Class presentation 2,000 words - 30%
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. Analyse the depiction of developing technologies in a variety of popular culture expressions.
2. Provide a critical theological account of utopian and dystopian visions of the future.
3. Critically engage ideas about future societies in popular culture, utilising Christian eschatology.
4. Respond theologically to the likely impact of technological development on the human societies of anticipated futures.