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Critical Posthumanism, Digital Data. (Module)

Module description

Humans and intelligent technologies are increasingly entangled. This ‘posthuman’ condition creates new ways of empathising with the marginalised and disadvantaged, particularly those who are unknown to us.  In this module, you will be taught:

i)          to collect large amounts of digitised text from online campaigns for an equitable and sustainable planet, and large amounts of social media data generated by their supporters;

ii)         easy-to-use digital text analysis software identifying common concerns across these datasets. 

You then deploy these digitally-generated concerns as ‘posthuman lenses’ to view prominent texts of the opposite viewpoint.  For example, you might look at an oil company website through the lens of an environmental campaign group.  In taking the perspective of a campaign of your choosing, you critically evaluate texts which communicate a harmful status quo, highlighting how they bypass key concerns and/or misrepresent the perspective of the disadvantaged. 

In opening out to fresh campaign perspectives, you not only extend your horizons but enhance your cognitive flexibility.  Having created a fresh vantage point for independent thought, you arrive at your own position on a previously unfamiliar campaign.

No previous experience of digital text analysis software is required.

 

Transferable skills

Using a variety of digital tools, this practical, hands-on module develops your critical and independent thinking, cognitive flexibility, and problem-solving capacities.

 

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.

Staff information

Dr Kieran O'Halloran

Teaching pattern

Not applicable

Module assessment - more information

One 4,000 word assignment (100%) – with the option to complete the assignment collaboratively in a pair.

Key information

Module code 6SSEL030

Credit level 6

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 1 (autumn)

Study abroad module Yes