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190021 SE Theories of Education and Learning in the Dynamic Worlds of Media (2019S)

Der mechanische Mensch: Technokratische Bildungskonzepte und Stragetien.

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 19 - Bildungswissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German, English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 08.03. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Friday 22.03. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Friday 05.04. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Friday 17.05. 13:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Friday 07.06. 13:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG
Friday 28.06. 13:15 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1 Sensengasse 3a 1.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The primary intention of the seminar lies in the development of subject knowledge as within the respective module. The students will acquire or expand their knowledge about both the contemporary discussions in and the historical development of human-technological condition. This is, the students will get to know the ways in which human being and, most importantly, learning was and continues to be understood in the times of technological sublime and ever dynamic world of media. In the course of the seminar, the students will also improve the skills of critical and problem-oriented reading of texts and sources.

Assessment and permitted materials

Active participation in the group projects will earn students 25% of the grade, as well as continuous participation in the discussions throughout the course (25%). 50% of the grade is allocated to a written essay that the students are to prepare as their final term paper.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Hayles, N. K. (1999). How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

Heyck, H. (2015). Age of System: Understanding the Development of Modern Social Science. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press.

Postman, N. (2005/1998). Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. NY: Penguin Books.

Rabinbach, A. (1992). The Human Motor: Energy, Fatigue, and the Origins of Modernity. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Spector, J. M., Merrill, M. D., Merrienboer, J. van, Driscoll, M. P. (Eds.). (2008). Handbook of Research on Educational Communications and Technology (3rd ed.). New York and London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Online journal:

"Human, All too Human?": Transhumanism, Posthumanism and the "End of Education". (September 2, 2018). On Education: Journal for Research and Debate. Retrieved from: https://www.oneducation.net/ on September 12, 2018.

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