This unit introduces students to the specific issues related to current scientific and technological developments, explores their impact upon different spheres of life and engages with major ethical and theological responses. Students will employ the Four Voices model of Theological Action Research developed by Helen Cameron to addresses a variety of questions related to Artificial Intelligence, robotics, biotech, space exploration, human enhancement, Big Data, surveillance, life extension and beyond. Students will explore these issues through interdisciplinary theological reflection, primarily drawing on the frameworks of consequentialist and virtue ethics.

Unit Code: CT8728B

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe trends, possibilities and utilisation of developing technologies


Assess different theological and ethical responses to emerging technologies


Apply critical skills for theological reflection


Critically engage with a variety of literature and technologies


Develop critical theological responses to some current and emerging technological advances

Unit sequence

Postgraduate: it is the first in a sequence of three units in the area of Futurism and Theology


Engagement with AI and emergent technologies, interdisciplinary workshops, application of pastoral cycle of theological reflection, primarily (though not exclusively) within a consequentialist and virtue ethics framework.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Report of Interaction with AI experiences 1,000 words

1000 20.0
Oral Presentation

Presentation 2,000 words

2000 30.0

Essay 3000 words

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-11 11:42:36 +1100