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Course Description

Hon 241: What Westworld Tells Us about Being Human



“From DaVinci to Delos: What Westworld Tells Us about Being Human” seeks to trace the history of different conceptions of human nature across the western tradition beginning with Socrates and ending with cyborgs. Using the HBO series Westworld (2016-present) and critical texts from anthropology, critical theory, and philosophy, the course asks students to apply their academic learning to the culture that surrounds them; to investigate long continuities in thinking about human nature; and to examine the individualistic and essentialist assumptions that underwrite American culture and politics. The course will explore issues raised by artificial intelligence and cognitive science, as well as many other questions that radiate beyond any simple human vs. machine dichotomy including, but not limited to, roles that memory, emotion, and collective ritual play in defining humanity. 

As part of the Honors Core Curriculum, this course introduces Honors students to the fields, questions, and methodologies of the humanities. This course will include significant writing, as it satisfies the First-Year Writing requirement.

Responsibilities*

he GSI hired for this position will lead one discussion section of the larger faculty-led lecture course, and will work closely with the faculty member to achieve the teaching and learning outcomes of the course.

Required Qualifications*

Good standing in a PhD program in a relevant department.

Desired Qualifications*

Candidacy in a PhD program in a relevant department; experience teaching introductory writing courses at UM or other college or university.

Contact Information

Contact Dr. Lisa Broome at lbroome@umich.edu with questions. Applications are due by May 31, 2018 but all positions may be filled by then.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Honors Program Associate Director who will make a hiring recommendation to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Honors Program Associate Director who will make a hiring recommendation to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

GEO Contract Information

The University will not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, marital status, familial status, parental status or pregnancy status, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, height, weight, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, HIV antibody status, political belief, membership in any social or political organization, participation in a grievance or complaint whether formal or informal, or any other factor where the item in question will not interfere with job performance and where the employee is otherwise qualified. The University of Michigan agrees to abide by the protections afforded employees with disabilities as outlined in the rules and regulations which implement Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Information for the Office of Institutional Equity may be found at hr.umich.edu/oie/contact.html and for the University Ombuds at www.umich.edu/~ombuds/.

Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions. In the event that an Employee does not receive his or her preferred assignment, he or she can request a written explanation or an in-person interview with the hiring agents(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

This position, as posted, is subject to a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees' Organization, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO 3550.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.