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Course module: 822189-B-6
Ethics of AI
Course info
Course module822189-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences; TSH: Department Cognitive Science and AI; TSH: Department Cognitive Science and AI;
Is part of
B Communication and Information Sciences
B Communication and Information Sciences (Spc.Cog.Sc & AI)
B Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence
dr. M. Postma
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. M.M.S.K. Sie
Other course modules lecturer
dr. R.M.A. Slegers
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2019
Starting block
SM 2
Course mode
Registration openfrom 15/01/2020 up to and including 21/08/2020
Upon conclusion of the course you will be able to:
  1. Describe some of the central issues in the philosophical discussions on Artificial Intelligence.
  2. Describe and discuss some of the central philosophical and normative challenges that new developments in artificial intelligence presents us with.
  3. Reconstruct the key arguments provided in the discussions referred to in 1+2.
  4. Debate possible answers to some of the philosophical and normative challenges.
  5. Know how to evaluate and examine the key issues referred to in 1+2 in light of the wider philosophical and ethical discussion.
  6. Discuss some of the strengths and weaknesses of the theories discussed in the course.
  7. Analyse and discuss philosophical texts.
  8. Articulate a position on difficult ethical issues surrounding AI.

14 weekly seminars 
This is entirely a seminar course, meaning that all classes are highly interactive. Instead of lectures, students discuss readings, make presentations, and so on, under the guidance of the instructor. Thus, classes are not merely a place to pick up information that you could also find in a book. They are also a collective exercise: other students’ learning depends on the quality of contributions that you make. Preparation and attendance is essential to making this course work and for achieving a good grade.

•  Individual participation in the seminars and individual preparation of group assignments (40%).

•  Group presentation mid-term, uploaded on internet (30%).

•  Individual presentation end of term (30%)


•  Take-home exam (70%)

•  Individual presentation (30%)


Artificial intelligence is an extraordinarily exciting and fast-moving field with huge implications for human society. In this course we are going to step back from the buzz a bit, think about what is going on, and discuss what risks as well as benefits this new technology may bring. We will reflect on some of the discussions these new technologies have sparked and explore the general philosophical themes underpinning them. More detailed information will be posted on BB at least 2 weeks before the start of the course, please make sure you enlist and visit the BB page before the start of the course.

Course available for exchange students
Conditions of admission apply
Contact person
prof. dr. M.M.S.K. Sie
Timetable information
Ethics of AI
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