Landscapes of the Future - PO681

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) DR CLJ Devellennes

Pre-requisites

None

Restrictions

This module is not available to short term/exchange students.

2017-18

Overview

This module prepares students both to think about the ways in which the landscapes are evolving and being shaped by contemporary developments in technical, scientific, and theoretical fields; and to think about how they want to take part in these developments in their own lives, through professional activity or further study. It will prepare students to think critically about the opportunities and dangers that come with the future, notably through the changes taking place in production techniques (through three-dimensional printing), ecological change and planning, scientific advancements and their impact on the humanities and social sciences (such as quantum theory's challenge to historical studies). By building on bodies of work that have already discussed the potential impact of new technologies and scientific innovations on our understanding of the human, this module will demand intellectual reflection on the potential for change and transformation, with reference to past events and how transformation has occurred to this day. In additional, the module will provide practical guidance on how to think about the student’s own future, whether professionally or for further studies. It will guide students through the possibilities open to them, and give them practical skills to secure an interview and present themselves successfully.

Details

Availability

Available to Liberal Arts and Politics and International Relations Students

Method of assessment

100% coursework

Preliminary reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of key aspects of technical and scientific advancements which are in the process of changing the landscapes of the future.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of how technical and scientific advancements are shaping wider social, cultural, and political landscapes.
3. Show an ability to relate issues of transformation with past historical events and changes.
4. An ability to deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry across disciplinary boundaries.

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