· Understanding the fit and/or tension between multiple readings’ arguments for their conclusions/ theses
· Independently finding source material
· Overview of the Paper 3: Functions of the expository paper
· Planning an expository paper (1): Reading sources (a reading, film, etc. for an idea around which a researchable problem can be formed)
· Planning an expository paper (2):
Reading/viewing preparation for this class:
· Chiang, T 2002, ‘Understand’, in Supermen: tales of the posthuman future, G Dozois (ed.), New York, St. Martin’s Griffin, pp. 97-124.
· Blade Runner (Scott, 1982).
· Planning an expository paper (2): Collecting and analyzing ideas from primary sources to investigate the researchable problem, drawing conclusions, determining and formulating a thesis from the conclusions’ contestable aspects
Reading preparation for this class:
· Snow, P 2009, ‘Woe, superman’, Oxford Today, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 13-15.
· Winer, L 2005, ‘Resistance is futile: the posthuman condition and its advocates’, in HW Baillie & T Casey (eds.), Is human nature obsolete? Genetics, bioengineering and the future of the human condition, Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, pp. 385-411.
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Planning an expository paper (3): Using secondary sources to help analyze primary sources to respond to the researchable problem in ways that increase one’s understanding of the problem and the possibilities of resolving the problem
Further films to select from for Assignment 3 :
· eXistenZ (Cronenberg, 1999)
· Gattaca (Niccol, 1997)
· Altered States (Russell, 1980)
Other texts to consult for views on issues raised in films/short stories:
· Agar, N 2004, Liberal eugenics: in defence of human enhancement, Malden, MA, Blackwell.
· Buchanan, A, Brock, DW, Daniels, N & Wikler, D 2000, From chance to choice: genetics and justice, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
· Fukuyama, F 2002, Our posthuman future: consequences of the biotechnology revolution, New York, Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
· Planning an expository paper (4): Re-enforcing the documentation of sources to avoid plagiarism
· Planning/drafting a expository paper (5): Selecting, relevant, sufficient, and representative evidence
Other texts continued:
· Habermas, J 2003, The future of human nature, Malden, MA, Polity.
· Harris, J 2007, Enhancing evolution: the ethical case for making better people,
Princeton, Princeton University Press.
· Sandel, MJ 2007, The case against perfection. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press.
· Savulescu, J & Bostrom, N (eds.) 2009, Human enhancement, Oxford, Oxford University Press.
· Stock, G 2002, Redesigning humans: choosing our children’s genes, London, Profile Books.