PHIL235-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)

Cyberspace, Cyborgs, and the Meaning of Life

15 points
Details:
Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdraw Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty: Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 8 May 2020

Description

This course investigates a raft of questions - concerning mind, metaphysics, knowledge and human nature - thrown up by the ongoing revolution in information technology. These include: Might I attain immortality by porting myself into cyberspace? Am I already in cyberspace? Is the universe nothing but a computer? Should we fear a forthcoming Age of Robots? Is my iPhone part of my mind? Could a computer ever be programmed to be creative and intelligent, and to equal or exceed the problem solving capacities of the human brain?

Not only is philosophy one of the most interesting and challenging subjects, it teaches skills that employers want: thinking outside the box, logic, ethics, and excellent writing and communication skills. At UC you can do either a BA or a BSc in Philosophy, or combine a Philosophy major with the LLB, BCom, or another degree.

BA or BSc students who major in philosophy must normally take at least two 100-level PHIL courses, plus at least three 200-level PHIL courses (including PHIL233), plus at least 60-points from 300-level PHIL courses (including at least one course from this list: PHIL305; PHIL310; PHIL311; and PHIL317).  For more information see the BA regulations and/or the BSc regulations.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Pre-requisites

Any 15 points at 100 level in PHIL, COSC, DIGI, or MATH, or any 60 points at 100 level from the Schedule V of the BA or the BSc.

Restrictions

Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Douglas Campbell

Contact Douglas for further information.

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Essay 1 35%
Essay 2 35%
Six bi-weekly assessment tasks 30% Each task is worth 5%.
Attendance Negative 5% if poor.

Course links

Library portal
Philosophy Essay Writing Guide (available to all enrolled Philosophy students)
Course Outline

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 15 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

All PHIL235 Occurrences

  • PHIL235-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020
  • PHIL235-20S1 (D) Semester One 2020 (Distance)