Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SOC3074: Cyborg Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2015/6 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Patrick Weir (Lecturer)





Available via distance learning


This module encourages you to develop a new perspective on the world. The cyborg is defined as: a human being whose body has been taken over in whole or in part by electromechanical devices; the cybernetic organism.  With the figure of the human/machine cyborg, as the emblem you will explore the couplings of humans, machines, sciences, animal and nature.  Discussions of 'posthumanist' theory and its moral and political implications will be considered alongside a very wide range of empirical studies running from past and present science and technology to the arts, the environment, management, education, psychiatry, spirituality and the 60s counterculture. The module consists of seminar based discussions of pre-assigned readings. There are no prerequisites and it is suitable for non-specialist students in the social and natural sciences, the humanities and engineering and is highly appropriate for students following interdisciplinary pathways.

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