This course examines, critically and reflectively, the impact, effects and outcomes of technologies upon human activities. The course studies the nature of the technologically textured ecosystem, or technosystem. The course focuses on how technologies change human life, individually, socially and culturally, and considers the effects of human-technology relations on science, culture, democracy and human values. Emphasis is on the position of Heidegger, his predecessors, followers and critics. The course will examines Heidegger’s unusual interpretation of East Asian philosophy in relation to technology. Heidegger claimed to find merit in Eastern thought, and his critique of Western technology is seen in an Eastern philosophical context.
Prerequisites: One Level 2 STS Cluster HuSS elective. Co-requisites: None. Notes: Satisfies a HuSS elective.