Philosophy and Ethics
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
1. Acquire basic knowledge of the main ethical theories: contractualism, utilitarianism, Kantian ethics, and theories of well-being.
2. Learn to carefully analyse, and reflect on, moral dilemmas concerning new technologies.
Argument of the course:
1. New technologies (e.g. systems for detecting illnesses, criminal behavior, selecting the best employees, your news feed, the ads you see,tracking infected people, etc.) take over the world.
2. These technologies better meet moral standards.
3. Hence, those involved in design or regulation (i.e. you, in the future) should know about the main ideas in ethics.
In this course, you will learn about the main ethical theories (namely, contractualism, utilitarianism, Kantian ethics, and theories of
well-being), and learn to utilize these theories to resolve moral dilemmas in a justified and intelligent way.
TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
Home assignments (50%)
Final multiple-choice exam (50%)
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