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Professional Writing and Discussions: Language and Philosophy in "Black Mirror"

DozentIn: Andrew Jones, B.A., M.Phil.

Veranstaltungstyp: Seminar

Ort: 41/E11

Zeiten: Mi. 12:00 - 14:00 (wöchentlich)

Beschreibung: Professional Writing and Discussion classes are designed to allow students – under the guidance of their course instructors – to undertake a more active and independent development of their language skills by applying them to a specific topic area. Ultimately, the central aim of these courses, whatever topic area and skills focus you choose, is to facilitate your transition into a self-sufficient and proficient user of the English language. You will continue to train your productive and receptive language skills, you will further expand your lexico-grammatical knowledge in connection with the specialist language used in the course, and you will acquire supplementary cultural knowledge on English-speaking countries. You will be expected to attend class regularly and contribute actively and intelligently. Furthermore, you will need to complete oral and written tasks during the course of these classes, hold a graded session and submit a final written portfolio.

This particular course is for students who are interested in exploring how language and philosophy interact with the series "Black Mirror". Needless to say, you will need to watch a substantial number of episodes of the show, meaning that regular access to a Netflix account is necessary. We will examine the relationship between Artificial Intelligence, philosophy and ethics within the context of professional and personal life, crime and punishment, romance, conflict, loss, grief, virtual reality, parenting and power dynamics. Subjects up for discussion will include privacy, security, personhood, justice, revenge, spectacle, voyeurism, corruption, instant gratification, online culture, corporate responsibility, personality politics, mind and consciousness and how all of these build on philosophical theories of e.g. utilitarianism, deontology, statehood, free will, determinism, aesthetics, moral luck, moral obligation and much more.

Up to seven spots in the course can be allocated in advance to students who come to one of my office hour on July 1st, 8th or 15th and confirm both that they are prepared to commit to taking the course and that they have identified topics that they would like to investigate for their class session. All other registrations are provisional and will be allocated based on factors such as level of need and semester of study.

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