Engelbert Thaler

Teaching Transhumanism

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Is transhumanism really “the world’s most dangerous idea” (Fukuyama 2009)? This volume explores the term “transhumanism” (and “posthumanism”), suggests topics for classroom use (e.g. artificial intelligence, cyborgs, cloning, eternal life, super-intelligence), discusses problems, and sketches teaching scenarios for TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).
Onco-mice and cloned sheep, drones and auto-automobiles, neuro-enhancement and prosthetic therapy: Is transhumanism a “movement that epitomizes the most daring, courageous, imaginative, and idealistic aspirations of humanity” (Ronald Bailey 2004), or rather “the world’s most dangerous idea” (Francis Fukuyama 2009)? This volume attempts to elucidate what we understand by the term „transhumanism“, what topics and problems we face, what media are suitable for classroom use, what lesson scenarios seem effective, what benefits we may reap, and what challenges we have to cope with when we teach transhumanism in English language classes.


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A. Theory

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Transhumanism in Language Teaching

Roman Bartosch
Lessons in Relatability. Posthumanism and Literacy Learning

Klaus Bredl
Transhumanism – More Than Human?

B. Methodology

Werner Delanoy
Quo Vadis Humankind?. Transhumanism, Posthumanism and Language Education

Peter Hohwiller
John Lanchester’s The Wall in the Advanced Language Classroom

Arthur Haberlach
“Forever Young! I Want to Be Forever Young!”. Teaching Yuval Noah Harari’s Homo Deus

Nicolina Pullmann
Gender Identities in the Age of Transhumanism. Developing Intercultural Communicative Competence Among Advanced Learners in Game of Thrones

Stephanie Fuchs
Please, Download Your Identity Here. Transhumanism and the Concept of Identity as Promising Topics for EFL Classrooms

C. Lessons

Ben Maré Dutschmann
The Concept of Transhumanism

Katharina Stark
Transhumanism in Films

Lorenz Körner
Transhumanism and Religion

Ben Maré Dutschmann
Human Enhancement


Prof. Dr. Engelbert Thaler ist Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Didaktik des Englischen an der Universität Augsburg. Seine über 650 wissenschaftlichen Publikationen befassen sich mit Verbesserung der Unterrichtsqualität, Lehrer:innenausbildung, Medien- und Literaturdidaktik, interkulturellem Lernen, Entwicklung von Lehrwerken.
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ISBN 978-3-8233-8495-3
EAN 9783823384953
Bibliographie 1. Auflage
Seiten 173
Format kartoniert
Ausgabename 18495
Auflagenname -11
Herausgeber:in Engelbert Thaler
Erscheinungsdatum 31.05.2021
Lieferzeit 2-4 Tage