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New Course Proposal
REL 475/575 HUMAN TECHNOLOGICAL ENHANCEMENT

Status: Draft

Proposal

Proposal ID: 102134
Type: New Course
Effective Term: Spring 2018
Justification:
This course provides a critical literacy regarding technology that is of great benefit to all students as they move forward with their studies and work in the 21st century. It will provide students with the tools to speak to the emergent issues of our day and their social, philosophical, and ethical implications. It also provides a foundation for students in engineering and other tech-intensive fields to have a larger "value-added" framework that would support transformational and visionary career work.
Comments: None

Originators

Name Title Department/School
Stuart Sarbacker Associate Professor Philosophy Department

Contacts

No contacts

Liaisons

Liaison Status Required
J Nicole von Germeten - Director-SHPR / Liberal Arts Admin Not Contacted Yes

Course Information

Designator/Course #: REL 475 
Title:
HUMAN TECHNOLOGICAL ENHANCEMENT  
College/Department or College/School:
College of Liberal Arts / School of History, Philosophy, and Religion 

Credits:
Max Credits to Graduation: 4   

Short Title: HUMAN TECH ENHANCEMENT  
Grading Mode: A-F (includes I, W, R, S/U) 
Courses Taught Schedule:
Even years, Spring Term

Schedule Types: Lecture; Discussion 
Campus Location: Corvallis Campus 
Programs Requiring
this Course:
None

Description:
This course is an exploration of technological enhancements that are transforming humanity and the philosophical and religious implications of their use. We will focus especially on questions regarding “Human Augmentation,” in which technology is utilized to restore or to enhance human physical and cognitive capacities. Through reading and discussion and participation in experiments in technology-driven contemplative practices (technology-based mindfulness exercises), we will explore the promises and challenges that emerging technologies pose for contemporary society. We will begin the course with an exploration of the many meanings of the term “technology” and reflect upon the constructive and destructive uses of science in the modern era. From that foundation, we will turn to examine a number of examples of human enhancement, including the use of prosthetic limbs and sensory apparatus, virtual and augmented reality, genetic engineering, life extension technologies, sexual and procreative surrogacy, and mind-computer interfaces. The course will end with a discussion of the quasi-religious movement of Transhumanism, in which technological enhancement is a moral imperative as a catalyst of human evolution. Throughout the course, we will discuss the complex sociological and ethical issues at stake with respect to human enhancement, with special attention to the ways in which such technologies have transformed, and will continue to transform, civilization as we know it.

Course Relationships

Designator Title Minimum Grade/Score
Enforced Prerequisites
None
Corequisites
None
Equivalent Courses
None
Slash Courses
575
Crosslisted Courses
PHL 475, PHL 575

Documents

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HumanEnhancementBC2017v3.pdf 338.79 Kb Nov 30, 2017 5:20 pm
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