Robots, Artificial Intelligence, and Genres of the Human

Course Level: 
Bachelor's
Campus: 
Vienna
Course Open to: 
Students on-site
Academic Year: 
2022-2023
Term: 
Fall
US Credits: 
2
ECTS Credits: 
4
Course Code: 
UGST4045
Course Description: 

This course explores the various figurations of robots, cyborgs, and artificial intelligence as a departure point for examining the construction of the human and its sub-genres – such as gender, sexuality, race, age, and dis/ability. Students will examine how cultural, scientific, and media discourses on robots, cyborgs, and artificial intelligence bear upon our understanding of the (human) mind, body, affect, and labor, drawing upon various nodes of scholarship such as feminist science and technology studies, decolonialist criticisms, critical disability studies, and posthumanisms.

Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to

  • Discuss the constructions of the humanness in the figurations of robots and AIs;
  • Analyze how such constructions are interlaced with various categorizations of humans across gender, sexuality, and race;
  • Engage with key issues arising at such complex intersections mobilizing concepts and arguments from various critical theories.