This course investigates the impact of technology on understandings and experiences of identity and the body, with a focus on the notion of the posthuman. Topics will include reproductive technologies, psychopharmacology, genomics, organ transplantation and the quantified self. Linking the case studies will be three themes: 1) how technology both reproduces and challenges dominant models of human identity and relations 2) how theories and concepts such as the cyborg, the posthuman and the assemblage understand technological relations 3) how technology is utilised and appropriated by users, often in ways contrary to intended uses. The course will draw on material from Science and Technology Studies, Medical Anthropology, the Sociology of Medicine and Feminist Theory.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand theories of the posthuman and apply them to contemporary issues
- Assess and synthesise arguments about the impact of technology on human identity.
- Analyse the relationship between biotechnology, embodiment and identity.
- Use the key concepts introduced in the course to analyse specific examples and case studies.
- Reflect on and discuss their own learning as it relates to the subject matter of this course.
Indicative AssessmentWeekly notes 10x100 words (10%) LO 5
Short paper 1, 1000 words (20%) LO 1, 2,3
Short paper 2, 1000 words (20%) LO 4
Essay, 2000 words, (40%) LO 1,2,3, 4
Tutorial participation (10%) LO 1, 5
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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