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
Tue Thu 8:30am-10am
Course location to be announced.
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