VIRTUAL REALITY AS PHILOSOPHY
Credit points: 15
This subject discusses the philosophical significance of Virtual Reality (VR) and other related technologies (like Augmented Reality and Video Games). These developing technologies raise many interesting ethical, social, metaphysical, and existential questions. This subject will introduce you to these issues and give you the conceptual tools to evaluate and analyse them, not only now but into the future as these technologies continue to change and evolve. Some of the questions we may look at include: Is a virtual life always less valuable than a real life? Is VR an empathy machine that can help us to better understand the inner lives of other people? Are the objects and events in VR real or fictional? What ethical constraints are there on our actions in virtual environments? In this subject you will also be encouraged to explore some of the virtual worlds we will be discussing (a cheap pair of cardboard VR googles and a smartphone will suffice), and to let those experiences influence your thoughts and philosophical arguments.
SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorYuri Cath
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG
Available as ElectiveYes
Learning ActivitiesOnline lectures/readings/audio/videos. Online discussion forums and assignments. Argument analysis and argument mapping lessons and exercises. Teacher and peer feedback on argument exercises. Resources supporting philosophical essay writing skills and connected in-class exercises on philosophical writing. Assignments and feedback from teachers.
Quota Management StrategyN/A
Quota-conditions or rulesN/A
Minimum credit point requirementN/A
Smartphone and cardboard VR googles
Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A
Entire subject or partial subjectN/A
Total hours/days requiredN/A
Location of WBL activity (region)N/A
WBL addtional requirementsN/A
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
Intended Learning Outcomes
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On-Line, 2021, Semester 2, Online
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorYuri Cath
Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 31 - 43
One 3.00 h unscheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
Online lecture videos+blogging and online discussion board activities
Online Blog Exercises (2500 word equiv.) These exercises will build the students knowledge and skills over the course of the semester culminating in their final Research Essay. There will be 10 exercises (in weeks 2-11) and the students grade will be calculated from their 6 best exercises.
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Reflective Essay (2000 words) OR short Video presentation (equivalent of 2000 words) This task will require students to reflect on the knowledge and experiences they have gained during the semester. The essay/video option gives students choice in the format of their assessment.
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