Technology and the Human

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Module code


  • Level 1
  • Semester 2
  • Philosophy - School of Humanities
  • Coursework 100%
  • Monday evening classes 18.00 to 20.00


This module aims to introduce students to key philosophical and ethical perspectives on the role of technology in human lives. Students will have the chance to engage with philosophical texts and traditions of argumentation that reflect on the nature of technology itself, as well as the role it plays in transforming human practices and self-understanding. Upon completion of the module, students will be able to identify and articulate philosophical views on technology and evaluate its normative impact on contemporary society

Students will be exposed to a diverse range of philosophical areas, including; ancient philosophy, phenomenology, critical theory, feminist perspectives, philosophy of language. Students will also engage with contemporary debates on questions such as: How do devices and interfaces shape human action and understanding? Should we alter our genes using technology? Can machines be conscious?


Dr Ashley Woodward


Structured learning will take place in a workshop format including lectures, seminar discussion, collaborative thinking and reflective learning.

A scheduled programme of reading will guide students’ progression through the key texts. 


2,000 word essay (80%)

Worksheets (20%)