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Course Syllabus 1 HUMA 1301: Exploration of the Humanities Fall 2013 Course Information HUMA 1301.002 MC 2.410 MWF 9:00 – 9:50 Professor/TA Contact Information Dr. Ingrao Office: JO 5.306 Office Hours: T 11:30 - 1:30, W 2:00 - 4:00, and by appointment Office Phone: 883 - 6089 Email: [email protected] TA contact information for this course is as follows: Michael Civis Office: JO 5.410 D Office Hours: R 11:00 - 1:00, and by appointment Email: [email protected] ______________________________________________________________________________ Course Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, and/or Other Restrictions This course requires no pre-requisite. ______________________________________________________________________________ Course Description From the Jewish legend of the golem three thousand years ago to Hanson Robotics' "Jules," who can realistically mimic human facial expressions, and beyond, we have an enduring fascination with creating in our own image. But from where does this fascination derive, and why do we find ourselves, sometimes simultaneously, as fearful pilgrims in the "uncanny valley" and celebrants of posthumanist potential? Intended to introduce students to the connections between various fields of studies in the humanities, this section of HUMA 1301 will apply an interdisciplinary approach to viewpoints concerning the creation and implications of mimetic human technology: automatons, robots, and androids. During this semester this theme will be discussed by examining the rich dialogue between myth, drama, fiction, film, and pop culture.
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Course Syllabus 2 Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes This course seeks to offer students the potential to: 1) Learn to examine a variety of texts from the humanities: fictional, dramatic, cinematic, and critical; 2) Analyze connections between multiple texts (for example: fictional, dramatic, cinematic, and critical) and draw informed conclusions from said connections; 3) Apply considered analysis and respond to works in the humanities as examples of human expression and aesthetic and ideological principles. ______________________________________________________________________________ Required Textbooks and Materials Textbooks are available at the UTD Bookstore, Off Campus Books, and commercially. Please use only the following editions: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (Penguin, ISBN: 9780141439471) Isaac Asimov, I, Robot (Bantam, ISBN: 9780553382563) Karel Čapek, Rossum's Universal Robots, R.U.R (Penguin, ISBN: 9780141182087) Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Random House, ISBN: 0345404475) Note the edition of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is the revised Penguin 2003 edition. Copies of Asimov's I,Robot and Čapek's R.U.R. have been placed on two-hour library reserve. An excerpt from Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics , and selections from golem legend, such as Rosenberg's The Golem and the Wondrous Deeds of the Maharal of Prague , will be available through e-reserve. Students who would like to read beyond the required selections may check out Neugroschel's The Golem via two-hour library reserve. Rosenberg's complete book is available electronically through the library.
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