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The 21st century is upon us, no longer a futuristic sci-fi fantasy. The goal of this course will be to read current scholarly viewpoints on the question of being human and to discuss the implications for our future as humans in times of unprecedented scientific discovery, technological advancements, and medical breakthroughs. DNA and cloning technologies exist, as does the cyborg--the machine-extended human being. What is in store for humanity? Our growing technological powers have given us an increasing ability to not only change the world around us, but ourselves as well. Activities will help students wrestle with some of these implications through discussions, a pro-con debate, field research and an optional activity in "Second Life."
Prerequisites: It will make the models explored in this course easier to understand if a student has completed their general education requirement in mathematics.
This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Natural Sciences.
This online course is offered through the Center for Distance Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.
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Meets General Education Requirement In: Natural Sciences-Full
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