Courses @ C4E


New in 2018-19

ETH1000H1Y – Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Context (fall & spring)
Tuesday 3-6pm (LA200)
This new 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 (Credit/No Credit).
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ETH350H1F – Topics in Value Theory (fall)
Tuesday 3-5 (LA 248)

Selected topics in value theory, broadly construed (ethics, political theory, law).
The Fall 2018 session will explore the relationship between moral and aesthetic value. Can one be explained in terms of the other? Does the value of art consist in the moral valence of its content or effects? Can moral and aesthetic reasons ever come into conflict, and if so, must we always adjudicate in favor of the moral? These questions will be addressed with a combination of historical and contemporary philosophical readings and examples from literature, painting, music, and film.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

ETH230H1S – Morality in Cross-Cultural Perspective (spring)
Thursday 3-5 (LA 341)

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)

ETH401H1Y – 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.


Not taught in 2018-19

ETH201H1 – Contemporary Moral Problems
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)

ETH 210H1 – 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.

ETH 220H1 – 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?