Have we grown less empathetic? Is anyone truly normal? What does it mean to be human? These are the topics Dr. Licastro’s Cyborg Apocalypse class grapples with. 

 

This course challenges how you view the world, by looking at different articles, essays, plays (The Nether, R.U.R.), TV shows (Black Mirror), and novels (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) that deal with what it means to be human and how technology has shaped our society. Not only that, but also this class gives students a chance to experience virtual reality later in the semester.

Throughout this course, students develop visual rhetorical skills while also refining and improving their writing. Students also learn how to make blog posts on WordPress and learn how to view cybernetics with a critical lens in terms of gender and race.

As someone who is currently taking this class, it is really interesting to have your morals challenged. You also deal with a lot of ethical subjects like normalcy, empathy, and the difference between a human and an android. I am enjoying this class very much and I would recommend taking this course if you can.