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Semester 1

Theology in the Age of Technology (DIVI10006)

Subject

Divinity

College

CAHSS

Credits

20

Normal Year Taken

3

Delivery Session Year

2022/2023

Pre-requisites

Although this course does not have any pre-requisites, it is designed for students who have studied two full years of Divinity/Religious Studies beforehand. If you have not studied this subject area to that level, it is your responsibility to ensure the course is an appropriate level for you during the first week of teaching, and you must drop this course (before the Course Change Deadline) if you do not have the required background knowledge/skills.

Course Summary

What is technology seen from the perspective of Christian theology? Can we develop a theology of technology so as to bring Christian theological loci into dialogue with various technologies and philosophies of technology? How can theological ethics contribute to building technomoral futures for humankind? This course offers an orientation to and substantial exploration of theological and ethical engagements with contemporary technologies and philosophies of technology.

Course Description

Academic description: This course aims to offer an interdisciplinary between theology and contemporary technological advancements, bringing theological loci and ethics into dialogue with philosophies of technology. It will orient students to the current debates on technology, theology, and ethics, and help them develop critical and constructive engagements with key ideas and theories. Syllabus: This course will bring theology, ethics, and technology into dialogue. It is divided into two parts: sessions 1-4 and sessions 5-10. The first part is focused on several prolegomenal aspects of the dialogue between theology, ethics and technology. It will include the following important themes: theology of technology, digital theology, ethics of technology, and big data. The second part examines specific theological and ethical themes related to technology and philosophy of technology. It will engage theologically with technology from the perspectives of digital Bible reading, doctrine of God, the imago Dei, soteriology, ecclesiology, and eschatology. Overall, this course will provide an interdisciplinary lens through which students can articulate theology in the age of technology. Student Learning Experience: Every week, this course will offer a one-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial. An essential article or book chapter is provided for tutorial discussions. Students need to make a ten-minute presentation, which engages critically with the seminar text. Formative feedback will be given as the semester progresses, but the overall mark for participation will be assigned at the end of the course. Students need to write a 2000-word essay, exploring one seminar theme and critically engaging with key sources in the field.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 60%, Coursework 30%, Practical Exam 10%

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