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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC2096: Cyborg Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.

Module Aims

The social sciences have traditionally been 'humanist' disciplines, in as much as their empirical and theoretical focus is on human individuals, their interactions with one another, social groups and social structure. This module aims to help you to develop a less anthropocentric or 'posthumanist' sensibility. With the figure of the cyborg, the cybernetic organism, a hybrid of human, animal and machine, as its icon, you will explore the co-evolution of humans, machines, sciences and natures. You will be exposed to a coupling of a discussion of posthumanist theory and its moral and political implications with a wide range of empirical studies.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. analyse relations between people (individuals and social groups), animals and machines
2. demonstrate familiarity with theoretical perspectives appropriate to the analysis of these relations and exemplify with a range of contemporary and historical examples
Discipline-Specific Skills3. demonstrate awareness and understanding of a range of social scientific, historical, and philosophical perspectives
4. identify the core theoretical assumptions and premises of these disciplines
5. apply theoretical and interpretive perspectives to the task of sociological analysis
6. demonstrate appreciation of the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of different and competing social scientific, historical, and philosophical perspectives
Personal and Key Skills7. reflect on, and examine, taken-for-granted social, cultural and ethical assumptions, beliefs and values
8. analyse, evaluate, and communicate a range of explanatory and interpretive theoretical perspectives; assess evidence, marshal facts and construct arguments