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ASS330 - Cyborg Anthropology

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Previously:

Human Possibilities in the Age of Digital Communication

Unit chair:

Roland Kapferer

Prerequisite:

Nil

Corequisite:

Nil

Incompatible with:

Nil

Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1 hour Class per week, 1 x 1 hour Seminar per week.

Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.

Content

The contemporary revolution in digital information and communication technologies has transformed the worlds of human experience and interaction. Recent social movements and popular uprisings are also increasingly mediated through digital technologies and this has led to ongoing debates concerning the regulation and governance of the Internet. In this unit, students will be introduced to anthropological perspectives that engage these issues. What do new technological discoveries and the interaction of embedded technologies tell us about human beings of today? How are human beings imagined and how is human potential being reconceived in the digital age? What will human beings look like and how will they behave in the future? This course will open up new and exciting ways of thinking about the nature of human being in the context of rapid technological and cultural change, as well asking how human experiences of love, death, culture, gender, identity, community, the body, mind, work and leisure are being transformed in the context of new technologies. Cyborg anthropology is about the world transforming event of modern technological development - it is about the new beings that human beings are becoming.

Assessment

On-campus:

Class and 0nline exercises 20%

Online quizzes 20%

Essay 40%

Multi-media project 20%

Cloud (online):

Class and 0nline exercises 20%

Online quizzes 20%

Essay 40%

Multi-media project 20%

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