Courses @ C4E

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Graduate

2020-21

ETH1000H1-Y – Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Context (fall & spring)
Tuesday 3-6pm (LA200/online) (synchronous)
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

2020-21

► JUST ADDED ETH350H1-S – Topics in Value Theory: Bias in Medicine: From Evidence Based Medicine to Artificial Intelligence (spring) (in-person/synchronous)
Monday 10-12
This course will bring together the literature on bias in the philosophy of medicine and the philosophy of artificial intelligence. We will explore the different kinds of bias medicine is facing, from general publication bias to more specific gendered and racial discriminations. We will study the impact of bias on standard evidence based medicine and clinical care. Additionally, we will consider what new biases artificial intelligence may or may not bring in medicine and care.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

ETH350H1-Y – Topics in Value Theory: Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Context (fall & spring)
Tuesday 3-6pm (synchronous)
The 2020-21 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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ETH230H1-S – Morality in Cross-Cultural Perspective (spring)
(in-person/synchronous)
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)

ETH201H1-F – Contemporary Moral Problems (fall) (cancelled)
(asynchronous)
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) (synchronous)
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 2020-21

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?