Minor Anthropology of Technologies

Coordinator

Valentina Tirloni

SEMESTER

Autumn 2020

FORMAT/LOCATION

Classroom, Campus Carlone, Nice

Prerequisites

No

Lecturer
  • Valentina Tirloni, lecturer in Information and Communication Sciences, Université Côte d'Azur
Learning Outcomes
The aim of this minor is to develop critical thinking on technological issues.
Summary

We generally consider technology as a very useful tool to improve our life, to solve problems and to enjoy ourselves. Though, is there any negative downside? Has human being lost something of his/her peculiar nature? Is human being enhanced or diminished? How human being has changed with technological progress? Did we lose any particular value during that evolution?

This course will be set on four parts:

  • Anthropological inquiry on Technics
    • New sociability
    • A New Narcissism
    • The impact of Technologies and Communication Tools on human life
  • Transhumanism
    • Enhancement, augmentation, transformation of human body by technological devices
  • Philosophical inquiry on Technics - The Question of Technics: what is the technological paradigm?
    • Technophobia versus Techno-philia
  • An ethical approach to Technics
    • The ethical inversion
    • Tools and aims
    • Rights and Freedoms
    • Privacy protection
Capacity
  • 40 students
Evaluation
  • Two written questions and a 3000 signs essay (Dec 10th)
  • Free essay on a selected subject (Dec 17th)
Schedule

Date

Time slot

Room

Course’ title

15 Oct

9h00-12h00

Amphi E112

Anthropological inquiry on Technics

22 Oct

9h00-12h00

Amphi E112

New sociabilities

05 Nov

9h00-12h00

Amphi E112

The impact of new technologies on politics and medias

12 Nov

9h00-12h00

Amphi E112

Transhumanism: enhancement, augmentation and body transformation

19 Nov

9h00-12h00

Amphi E112

Philosophical inquiry on technics

26 Nov

9h00-12h00

Amphi E112

Technophobia and technophilia

3 Dec

9h00-12h00

Amphi E112

An ethical approach to technologies

10 Dec

9h00-12h00

Amphi E112

Examen: 2 written questions and a 3000 sign essay