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Graduate

2021-22

ETH1000H1-Y – Ethics of Artificial Intelligence in Context (fall & spring)
Tuesday 3-6pm
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.
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Undergraduate

2021-22

💥 NEW COURSE: ETH350H1-F – Topics in Value Theory: Race, Rights, and Communism: W.E.B. Du Bois, 1945-50 (fall)
Benjamin Davis (Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Ethics; PhD, Philosophy, Emory)
Tuesday 3-5
Different rights claims prioritize different values. First-generation rights prioritize civil and political issues, such as freedom of speech and the right to vote. Second-generation rights prioritize social and economic issues, such as the right to healthcare and the right to housing. Third-generation rights prioritize cultural issues, such as the right to self-determination and the right to a minority language. In the 1940s, to which kinds of rights scholars, writers, and diplomats gave the most value not only shaped the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but also charted an institutional course on which rights discourse remains today. In this class, we will examine W.E.B. Du Bois’s (few) writings on human rights and (many) writings on freedom and value from 1945-1950. Du Bois’s brief engagement with the language of human rights, followed by his leaving behind the discourse due to its inadequate commitment to decolonization and communism, merits careful study today.
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 2021-22 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. (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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💥 NEW COURSE: ETH230H1-S – Morality in Cross-Cultural Perspective: Migration and Memory: Personal Writings on Ethics and Culture (spring)
Tuesday 3-5pm
Benjamin Davis (Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Ethics; PhD, Philosophy, Emory)

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.
What is ‘culture’? Is it anything more than the customs of a group of people? And is it fixed, or can one culture change through contacts with another? In this course, we will consider these questions by reading not only theorizations of culture, but also more personal writings about culture exchange. We will pay particular attention to how we understand cultural difference through the terms influential theorists have used to describe that difference: hybridity, opacity, and diaspora.
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 2021-22

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)

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.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

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?
Distribution Requirements: Humanities
Breadth Requirements: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)