- Code PHIL3073
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Philosophy
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Philosophy
- Areas of interest Philosophy, Ethics, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- AsPr Seth Lazar
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2019
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This course offers an advanced approach to ethics or social and political philosophy, suitable for students who have a background in this area and who may be interested in continuing into 4th year Honours. What is taught will change from year to year.
An example of a course topic, taught by A/Prof Seth Lazar, Mr Stephen Mann, and members of the Humanising Machine Intelligence grand challenge team (hmi.anu.edu.au):
The Moral and Political Philosophy of AI introduces students to ethical and legal questions surrounding the development and use of digital technologies. Recent advances in artificial intelligence, big data and surveillance technology are explored in light of their relations to major questions in normative ethics. Due to the focus on contemporary and near-future moral problems, much of the literature concerns real-life cases of the use and abuse of AI. Philosophical literature will be paired with articles from computer science journals, popular science magazines and reportage in the form of news articles, podcasts and videos.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate familiarity with the philosophical issues relating to ethics and justice as covered in the course;
- argue for a philosophical position related to the material covered in the course;
- display skill in writing research papers in philosophy; and
- discuss ideas verbally and to engage in interactive dialogue.
- 1 x 3000 word essay (50) [LO 1,2,3]
- 1 x Group project, participation and presentation (30 mins) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- 3 x Class quizzes (30 mins each) (10) [LO 1]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of weekly seminars (3 hours per week for 12 weeks)
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing
Contact hours for this course will take place in an interactive classroom setting. There is no lecture/seminar distinction; rather, a 3-hour session per week will mainly comprise discussion and student interaction focusing on class readings.
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