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Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Ethical questions about technology and AI
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is everywhere and in many different forms, for instance intelligent assistance in mobile phones and self-driving vehicles. An increased reliance on advanced AI systems for vital societal functions gives rise to ethical questions regarding usage and management. And, the more sophisticated such systems get, the more relevant the question of their moral status becomes. Which sort of agents are artificial systems? Can they be considered moral agents and can they be ascribed moral responsibility?

Study format
Application period
17 June – 13 October 2024
Study period
21 October 2024 – 17 January 2025
7.5 ECTS
Hosting university
Linkoping University
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Learning outcomes


Having completed course, the student should at a basic level be able to develop a theoretically informed argumentation in specific problem areas related to AI.


Critical thinking

Having completed course, the student should at a basic level be able to express an open and critical stance to claims and arguments.


Theoretical knowledge

Having completed course, the student should at a basic level be able to provide an account for concepts, theories and problem within applied ethics and the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI).


Understanding political implications

Having completed course, the student should at a basic level be able to formulate theory-based political recommendations and assessments regarding a moral issue related to AI in a particular professional area.


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The micro-module deals with ethical questions that rise from the development of more and more sophisticated autonomous systems. Questions of what requirements and standards we should hold technology to, and why. What kind of agents are artificial systems, and can they be considered moral agents? Can they be ascribed any moral responsibility at all? And where should the main responsibility for artificial intelligence (AI) be placed and why?

The micro-module focuses on three main areas of moral relevance for autonomous systems and AI:

  1. Responsibility for decisions made by artificial agents.
  2. Bias/discrimination as a result of AI use.
  3. The importance of participation in the development of AI systems.

During this micro-module, students are provided theoretical tools for reflection on the development of AI, requirements that ought to be made regarding this technology and how it ought to be managed in society.

Hosting university

Linkoping University

Linkoping University