Courses @ C4E

Graduate

2019-20

ETH1000H1-Y – Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Context (fall & spring)
Tuesday 3-6pm (LA200)
This year-long, half-credit graduate course exposes students to advanced methods employed in the analysis of ethical issues related to the production, dissemination, and application of AI in a variety of contexts. A diverse team of speakers from a range of academic disciplines including, for instance, computer science; criminology; engineering; law; literary studies; media studies; philosophy; or political science, will model various methodological approaches and modes of analysis. Students will write three short responses each semester to specific presentations, and participate in group discussions of the scheduled guest lectures.
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Undergraduate

2019-20


ETH350H1-Y – Topics in Value Theory: Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Context (fall & spring)
Tuesday 3-6pm (LA200)
The 2019-20 session of this year-long, half-credit course will expose students to advanced methods employed in the analysis of ethical issues related to the production, dissemination, and application of AI in a variety of contexts. A diverse team of speakers from a range of academic disciplines including, for instance, computer science; criminology; engineering; law; literary studies; media studies; philosophy; or political science, will model various methodological approaches and modes of analysis.Students will write three short responses each semester to specific presentations, and participate in group discussions of the scheduled guest lectures. (Note that this is an “H1Y” course — a half-credit course taught throughout both Fall and Winter terms. It meets roughly bi-weekly over the entire academic year.)
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)
Please note that enrollment in this course is by permission of instructor only. Please contact Ellen Ough (ethics@utoronto.ca) to apply.
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ETH350H1-F – Topics in Value Theory: Philosophy of Race and Racism (fall)
Tuesday 3-5
 (LA211)
Selected topics in value theory, broadly construed (ethics, political theory, law).
The Fall 2019 session will be an introduction to philosophical thinking about race and racism. We will start off by asking what we are referring to when we talk about “race” before moving on to discuss racism, racial discrimination and the meaning of racial justice, with particular attention to the intersections of race, gender and class. The course will include texts by both professional philosophers and writers working outside the academy, as well as literary and other artworks. Though much of our focus will be on the North American context, we shall also think about race in a global and comparative context.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

ETH350H1-S – Topics in Value Theory: The Future of Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (spring)
Monday 10-12 (LA200)
This course will explore the normative implications of increased automation and AI technology for the future of work and distributive justice. We will look at how work has been conceived by influential thinkers in moral and political theory (e.g. by Karl Marx, Max Weber, Hannah Arendt, etc.) and how it is being rethought and contested in the age of artificial intelligence. Additionally, drawing on pioneering scholarship in political economy, we will consider what increased automation and AI could mean for the future of work, taxation, and considerations of distributive justice in view of broader debates touching on the ethics of artificial intelligence.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

ETH201H1-S – Contemporary Moral Problems (spring)
Tuesday 3-5 (LA211)
ETH201H1 is an introductory course in ethics. How should we live? Which course of action is the right one? When and why should we blame ourselves and/or others? We all have and exercise moral opinions; this course is about justifying them. The course begins with some critical reasoning skills, and then explores philosophical strategies for justifying moral beliefs. We will then examine some specific issues of moral and political significance before concluding with psychological mechanisms behind moral attitudes and behaviour.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

ETH401H1-Y – Seminar in Ethics (fall & spring)
Wednesday 11-2 (LA200)
The seminar will expose advanced undergraduates to cutting edge research in ethics. It meets bi-weekly over the entire academic year. Participants will attend research presentations at the Centre for Ethics (topics have included bioethics, indigenous rights, equality and education, free speech, and workplace democracy). They will also meet individually with the instructor (the Centre’s Director) to plan an independent research project related to the theme of the course. In the winter term, students will present their research and discuss it with the other students in the seminar. (Note that this is an “H1Y” course — a half-credit course taught throughout both Fall and Winter terms.)
Prerequisites: One of PHL365H1, PHL375H1, PHL271H1, POL200Y1 or an equivalent, POL330Y1 or an equivalent. Preference for enrollment will be given to students of the Department of Philosophy, the Department of Political Science, and Trinity College’s program in Ethics, Society, and Law.

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Not taught in 2019-20

ETH210H1 – Rationality and Action
An introductory survey of attempts that have been made to develop a formal model of practical rationality, with particular emphasis on the way moral considerations enter into those deliberations. Topics may include: utility-maximization theory, introductory game theory, consequentialism, and deontic reasoning, as well as the limitations of rationality.

ETH220H1 – Moral Psychology
A study of issues that arise at the intersection of psychology and moral philosophy. Why do people act morally? What role do reason and emotion play? Can we know what is right, yet not be motivated to do it? What role can science play in advancing our understanding of morality?

ETH230H1 – Morality in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Is morality universal, or does it vary by time and place? This course will examine cultural differences in moral codes from both empirical and philosophical perspectives.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)