This course is open only to students enrolled in the Master PSTS.
In case you want to participate in this course as a student from another Master’s programme, please contact the PSTS staff: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
This course connects to the final qualifications K1, K2, K5, S1-S6 of the programme, according to the following four learning objectives:
At the end of the course the student has knowledge of or insight in:
1. central discussions and topics in technology ethics; capita selecta
At the end of the course the student is able to:
2. apply ethical concepts and theories (both in its general and in its applied-to-technology form) to problems related to the technology and its role in society and culture.
3. discuss and critique contemporary research in ethics &technology
At the end of the course the student:
4. has acquired skills in writing and verbal communication.
5. has acquired skills in reasoning and arguing, analysis for reasoning and arguments, critical analysis and evaluation of texts.
6. has acquired skills in writing essay outlines and essay texts for academic audiences
7. has acquired skills in ethical evaluation of new and emerging technologies
Following Ethics and Technology I, which introduces ethical theories and methods and relates them to technology, this course provides a further, state-of-the-art introduction to the ethics of technology. It focuses on major approaches and methods for the ethical analysis and guidance of technology, and discusses the various subfields of the ethics of technology that concern different technologies (ethics of information technology, ethics of artificial intelligence, bioethics, ethics of biomedical technology, environmental ethics and sustainable technology, and others) and different research area in ethics of technology (ethics of design, technology and responsibility, ethics of technological risks, ethics of emerging technologies, and others). The central questions that guide the course are: How can humans develop and use technology responsibly, so that it benefits humans and society, avoids harms to persons, society and the environment, upholds and does not violate individual and civil rights and standards of justice and fairness, and promotes other values that we hold dear?
Attendance is strongly recommended.
Lectures and discussion, in-class assignments.
The assessment is based on an academic paper (60% of the mark) and an ethical evaluation (40% of the mark).
Note: each component should be graded sufficient (i.e. 5.5 or more) in order to complete this course successfully)