HDS 3256

The Shock of the New

Michael D. Jackson


This course will explore the impact of unprecedented events, overwhelming experiences and radical technological innovation on both human beings and the lifeworlds to which they belong. It will cover some of the epistemological, ethical, social and existential quandaries that constitute what Robert Hughes calls 'the shock of the new', as well as the religious and ritual strategies whereby people struggle to avert, accommodate, cope with and comprehend massive changes to their lives. Interpretive perspectives will be drawn from psychology, philosophy, ethnography, ethology and biomedicine, while specific empirical cases will cover new media of communications and information processing, new genetic technologies, medical crises (disabilities, organ transplantation, trauma and epidemic disease), as well as culture contact and culture shock. Note: Course has additional hour to be arranged.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes
Jointly offered as Religion 1017


0.50 credits
Spring 2013
Tue Thu 8:30am-10am
Andover Hall Room 102

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • African and African American Religious Studies
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
  • Religion and the Social Sciences
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • African Religions
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
  • Religious Education and Spiritual Development
Language Course Designation(s) None